By: Elif Cevik

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Amazon Prime Video to launch the Amazon Prime Video Take One Award, which aims to discover talented new directors through an open call for short film submissions at the 34th TIFF, which will be held from October 30 – November 8, 2021.
One of TIFF’s goals is to introduce a diversity of Japanese films to the world, from challenging indies to commercial titles. As part of its ongoing efforts to discover new talent, TIFF is launching, with the support of Amazon Prime Video, this new directors award for filmmakers living in Japan who have not made a commercial feature. The award winner will be determined by the judging of short film submissions (under 15 minutes). Please refer to the regulations for submission details at our website or PDF press release.

Amazon Prime Video, a major digital streaming service that distributes worldwide a variety of video works including excellent original content, endorses TIFF’s aim of discovering new talent and has agreed to sponsor the award. The winner will be given a prize of 1 million yen by Amazon Prime Video as well as the opportunity to explore the production of a feature film with Amazon Studios. The members of the jury will be announced at a later date.

TIFF and Amazon Prime Video look forward to discovering new talent shining brightly even within the limited format of short film, and to helping filmmakers expand their horizons of film from Tokyo to the world.

Submissions of short films for the Amazon Prime Video Take One Award are being accepted from today, July 19 through September 15, via the TIFF official website.
For detailed information about film submissions, please visit:

Comment from Hiroyasu ANDO, Chairman of TIFF
It is exciting to imagine budding new filmmakers being discovered at the Tokyo International Film Festival and going on to achieve worldwide success. I have high hopes in discovering the next generation of Japanese filmmakers, and we are happy to partner with Amazon Prime Video on such an exciting project.

Comment from Erika NORTH, Head of Amazon Originals Asia Pacific, Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios’ vision is to be the global home for talent. Our goal is to provide the creative community – from directors, writers and producers to actors and production professionals – an environment in which they can be their most innovative, and where they can make their greatest work. Our hope is that Amazon Prime Video Take One Award will prove a valuable first step in an international career for talented aspiring creators in Japan.
As TIFF continues to monitor the global health situation, we will explore options for holding the 34th edition, including postponement or cancelation. We appreciate your understanding about any changes that may occur.
34th Tokyo International Film Festival
Date: October 30 (Sat) – November 8 (Mon), 2021
Venues: Hibiya-Ginza area (Kadokawa Cinema Yurakucho, Cine switch Ginza,
Tokyo International Forum, Toho Cinemas Chanter, Toho Cinemas Hibiya,
Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho, Yurakucho Yomiuri Hall and other theaters
in Tokyo)
Market: TIFFCOM 2021 November 1 (Mon) – 3 (Wed)Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video offers customers a wide variety of content, from films, including Amazon Originals, to TV shows such as dramas, variety shows, and animation. All titles are available on hundreds of compatible devices.

Amazon Prime Video Take One Award Co-Presented by 34th TIFF + Amazon Prime Video Announces Call for Entries

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