Kyoto Filmmakers Lab (KFL) aims to provide an international networking place for young filmmakers, as well as an opportunity for them to receive guidance from leading directors and professionals in the industry and gain filmmaking experience in active studios while taking advantage of Kyoto’s filmmaking heritage. We hope that this workshop, where filmmakers of various cultural backgrounds gather in the city’s studios to live and create a film together, will inspire the creation of new films in Kyoto and spread the tradition and spirit of its filmmaking across the globe.

In the 13-year history of Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, a total of 324 participants from 50 countries, selected from 1,733 applicants from 110 countries, have experienced KFL workshops and collaborated with each other in Kyoto. From 2015, we are excited to deliver cutting-edge lectures in collaboration with Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the largest film festival in Japan, in addition to our signature Jidaigeki-making workshop. Furthermore, from 2018, we have presented Biennale College Cinema feature films and Biennale College Cinema – VR projects; Biennale College Cinema is a program realized by La Biennale di Venezia to train new filmmakers, in microbudget productions. These films and VR projects have been world premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. The activity is supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Osaka. At the Masters Session, participants can learn how to present an application at the call Biennale College Cinema.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will call for the participants only who lives in Japan for HANDS-ON “JIDAIGEKI” program. The people who lives outside Japan can NOT apply to HANDS-ON “JIDAIGEKI” program this year. For the same reason, we will call for the participants for Masters Session program by two formats. One for the participants who lives in Japan, the other is for who lives outside Japan. The participants who lives in Japan will be able to participate in all program. The participants who lives outside Japan will be able to participate in online program (Masters Session Online) only. We have held the whole program in English basically until now, but we force to be held the program in Japanese basically this year. Except that we plan to supply an interpreter for English speakers in Masters Session Online.

We hope that this program will be a meaningful opportunity for aspiring filmmakers in the ever-changing visual arts world.


■Submission Period
August 13 (Thu) to September 23 (Wed) 2020

■Program Period
1.Hands on JIDAIGEKI: November 3 (Tue) to November 8 (Sun) 2020 <6 days>
2.Masters Session: November 6 (Fri) to November 8 (Sun) 2020 <3 days>
3.Masters Session Online: TBA (2 or 3 online programs during November 6 to 8)

■Participation Fee
Free *For the participants who lives in Japan are provided partial accommodation fee but participants need meal fee and transportation fee during the KFL.

Toei Studios Kyoto, Shochiku Kyoto Studios, The Museum of Kyoto and other venues in Kyoto.

■Number of Participants
1.Hands on JIDAIGEKI: 20(only who lives in Japan)
2.Masters Session: 20(only who lives in Japan)
3.Masters Session Online: 20(only who lives outside Japan)

・Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Committee
(Kyoto Prefectural Government, The Museum of Kyoto, Toei Company, Ltd., Shochiku Studio Co., Ltd., Toei Kyoto Studio Co., Ltd., Iwamoto Metal Co., Ltd., Directors’ Univ Co., Ltd., Ritsumeikan University)

・33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Executive Committee
・Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Osaka
・KYOTO Cross Media Experience Executive Committee

・Kyoto Cross Media Promotion Agency