Renting film prints

Q: Can I rent films screened at the festival?
A: A large number of works from the International Competition can be rented for screening within Japan. (This excludes films which have existing distribution agreements within Japan). Go here for details. (Japanese only) Consult with the Tokyo Office for films from New Asian Currents. Contact the production or distribution company directly for works from other programs.

Public accessibility of previously submitted films

Q: Are previously submitted films able to be viewed?
A: With the permission of applicants, a data base of films submitted after 1997 is available. Go here to search. In addition, Almost all of the films submitted to the festival are available for viewing in video booths at the YAMAGATA Documentary Film Library. Films screened in the International Competition are available with Japanese subtitles. (English subtitles is also available after the YIDFF ’99 films)


Q: Where is Yamagata?
A: Go here.

Q: How do I get to Yamagata?
A: Go here.

Q: What can I see in Yamagata?
A: There are large number of hot springs in the surrounding vicinity of Yamagata (Zao, Kaminoyama, Tendo etc.), accessible in just under an hour by car. The autumn leaves of October are beautiful in Yamagata and the scenery of Yamadera and Mt. Zao are well worth a look. Also, on the banks of the Mamigasaki River the autumn tradition of “Imonikai” takes place. Groups of families, work groups gather on the banks to cook a type of potato and beef stew over a camp fire. The weekends are busy with crowds of people.

Q: What’s in season during autumn in Yamagata?
A: Fruits such as grapes, apples, persimmons, La France pears; buckwheat noodles; local sake; Imoni (a stew like dish using taro potatoes); pickles; mushrooms and more.

Q: What kind of souvenirs can I buy?
A: Fruit, buckwheat noodles, local sake, pickles and more are available as well as original Festival T-shirts while the festival is on.

Q: How’s the weather in October?
A: The Festival is held in the most pleasant season of the year, October, with an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. The nights are chilly and the weather changes quickly so don’t forget to pack in a jacket and an umbrella.

* Don’t hesitate to contact the office directly if you have any other inquiries.