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30th Tokyo Video Festival now looking for entries

June 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

The world’s biggest international video contest is now looking for entries. The 30th Tokyo Video Festival (aka the TVF 2008), organized by JVC, is open until Sunday, September 30. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of six judges including film director Nobuhiko Obayashi and novelist Makoto Shiina. The 100 selected winning entries will be announced in January 2008.
JVC has held the TVF festival annually since 1978 as an ‘open event for everyone to participate in’, inviting people from all around the world of all ages, both pro and amateur to participate. TVF aims to ‘explore the possibilities in visual expression using video’ and to ‘promote exchange between the cultures of the world through images.’
Last year’s festival received an all-time record of 3,491 video entries, including 841 from Japan and 2,650 from 55 countries and regions worldwide. Approximately 48,000 home video works from about 90 countries and regions have been submitted since the first festival in 1978.
The TVF has presided over dramatic changes in technology. Not only has the TV environment changed beyond all recognition since the competition first opened its doors, but film-making itself is now a very different beast. 30 years ago video cameras weighed up to 13kg, today they tip the scales at around 500g. 30 years ago fewer than 5 per cent of households even owned a video recorder.
Potential entrants should note that video compositions must be produced with a camcorder, and supplied on mini DV, VHS, S-VHS, D-VHS, DVD-R and Blu-ray, and be no longer than 20 minutes; any subject matter is acceptable.
The winner will receive 500,000 yen, a JVC Everio hard disk camcorder and a round-trip to Japan to attend the awards ceremony.

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