Please vote for the Citizens’ Prize!

Your vote could make the difference! Members of the public who visit the festival vote for their favorite films. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday, October 11.


Sputnik is the official guide to YIDFF, packed with critical writing about the films and special programs to be screened, in addition to information about the festival itself. A must-have for anyone who enjoys thinking seriously about the films they watch. (Free)

Radio Yamagata on air

Live broadcast twice daily from Yamagata (and more).

12:00–13:00 Afternoon show
20:00-21:00 Evening show

Radio Yamagata   www.youtube.com/@docuyamaradio

New Komian Club

Komian Club is YIDFF’s beloved and world-renowned night-time festival hangout since 1993. This meeting place for festival audiences and guests, locals and film professionals alike will be revived in a new location this year! The new venue is Restaurant Sanjusangendo on the 2nd floor of the Yamagata Nanokamachi Washington Hotel.

New Komian Club

A gathering place for festival guests and fans. This traditional Japanese restaurant will be the spot to socialize during festival evenings. All are welcome!

[Date] October 6 (Fri)–9 (Mon) 21:00–24:00
[Place] Sanjusangendo (Yamagata Nanokamachi Washington Hotel 2F)
[Admission] 500 yen (includes one drink and snacks)