Kyoto Filmmakers Lab (KFL) is the training program for young of Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival(KHIFF). We 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 16-year history of Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, a total of 463 participants from 51 countries, selected from 2,038 applicants from 113 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.

The situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 is still unpredictable, but we are working to ensure safety and a fulfilling program. We look forward to receiving many applications.

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


■Submission Period
October 18 (Wed) to December 17 (Sun)

■Program Period
1.Hands on JIDAIGEKI: January 26 (Fri) to 31 (Wed) 2024 <6 days>
2.Masters Session: January 26 (Fri) to 28 (Sun) 2024 <3 days>

■Participation Fee
Free *For the participants are provided partial accommodation fee but participants need meal fee and transportation fee during the KFL.
In addition, partial travel expenses(JPY 60,000 yen) will be provided to participants who lives outside Japan. However, this will be paid during the KFL program period. NO transfers will be made in advance for any reason.

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

■Number of Participants
1.Hands on JIDAIGEKI: 20 people
2.Masters Session: 20 people

・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)

・36th Tokyo International Film Festival Executive Committee
・Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Osaka
・KYOTO Cross Media Experience Executive Committee

・Kyoto Cross Media Promotion Agency