YIDFF 2019 Information

YIDFF 2019 Schedule

The sixteenth Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival will be held on:

October 10 (Thu) –17 (Thu), 2019










All film entries for YIDFF 2019 are now closed. Thank you to all who sent in submissions!

YIDFF 2019 Award Recipients

Prizes for the International Competition
Jurors: Ossama Mohammed (Chair), Hong Hyung-sook, Sabine Lancelin, Deborah Stratman, Suwa Nobuhiro

The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize):
Dead Souls  Dir: Wang Bing

The Mayor’s Prize:
The Crosses  Dir: Teresa Arredondo, Carlos Vásquez Méndez

Awards of Excellence:
Midnight Traveler  Dir: Hassan Fazili
Your Turn  Dir: Eliza Capai

Special Jury Prize:
Monrovia, Indiana  Dir: Frederick Wiseman

New Asian Currents Awards
Jurors: Yang Lina, Erikawa Ken

Ogawa Shinsuke Prize:
Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible  Dir: Ghassan Halwani

Awards of Excellence:
Xalko  Dir: Sami Mermer, Hind Benchekroun
Exodus  Dir: Bahman Kiarostami

Citizens’ Prizes
Dead Souls  Dir: Wang Bing

Directors Guild of Japan Award
Gracefully  Dir: Arash Eshaghi

Jury Comments | About Prizes

YIDFF 2019 Facts and Figures

Total Films Shown: 176

Total Entries: 2,371 Films out of 130 Countries and Areas
  • Internatinal Competition
    1,428 Films out of 123 Countries and Areas
  • New Asian Currents
    943 Films out of 68 Countries and Areas

Attendance: 22,858

Guest: 142
Press: 325
Volunteers: 286