2023-11-29 | Yamagata Documentary Dojo 6 Open call for entries 26-day residency in Feb. 2024!

The Yamagata Documentary Dojo is a residency program for Asian filmmakers in a hot spring spa resort in the mountains of Yamagata, Japan. The retreat allows teams of filmmakers with documentary film projects the opportunity to work intensely on their rough cuts, deepen creative ambitions, and to network with Japanese and other international filmmakers. The residency is organized in cooperation with the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

Feb. 7 to March 3, 2024 (25 nights)
23 nights in Hijiori Onsen, Yamagata / March 1 – 3 in Yamagata City

[Open Call for Fellows]
  1. One team of two Asian-based filmmakers (director/editor, director/producer, etc)
  2. One team of Japan-based filmmakers or two Japan-based filmmakers

[To Apply]
  1. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 1, 2024 (10:00 Japan time) through this form.
  2. If you would like to ask someone for a letter of recommendation, please use this form.
  3. Please upload and create an online link of a self-recorded video introducing yourself and why you want to take part in this program (less than 3 minutes). You can either appear together with your team member, or each record separate videos. Share the link(s) in the application form.
  4. Selection is based on portfolio and the film project to be worked on during the residency. Film projects in production or rough-cut stage are preferred. Finalists will be invited to online interviews. Early application is highly recommended.
  5. Results will be notified by mid-December 2024.

[Presented by]
Documentary Dream Center
[Supported by]
Society for the Administration of Remuneration for Public Transmission for School Lessons
[With the Assistance of]
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (NPO) and other partners
e-mail: info@ddcenter.org (Documentary Dream Center)

For more information Documentary Dream Center website: Yamagata Documentary Dojo (in English and Japanese)