Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Yamagata, Tohoku

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) started in 1989 as the city’s 100th anniversary celebration project. As the first film festival in Asia specializing in documentaries, its focus is placed on outstanding films from all over the world and conveying the attractions of documentary films to the public.

The program includes an “International Competition” where feature-length works are sought from around the world and 15 films carefully selected from a vast number of entries are introduced. Also included is “New Asian Currents”, implemented to find and support rising Asian filmmakers.

Films possessed by the film festival secretariat are stored at the Yamagata Documentary Film Library. Preeminent documentary films including works entered in the “International Competition” are available to view at video booths (free of charge) and a preview room furnished with simultaneous interpreting equipment (charged).


Film Library:10:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays (excluding public holidays) and year-end through New Year)
(Film Library)
Location: Yamagata Convention Bureau (Main Wing) 3F
Access: Approx. 15 min by taxi from Yamagata Station on the JR Line
Film Festival:Yamagata Central Public Hall, Yamagata Citizens' Hall, movie theaters within the city, etc.
Film Festival:Around October (held every other year)

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