Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Yamagata, Japan


  • The festival takes place since 1989 and features an international documentary and a "New Asian Currents" competition.
  • The Yamagata grand prize is named in honor of Frances H. Flaherty and Robert J. Flaherty, who "cultivated and expanded the horizons of documentary film". The trophy has been designed by sculptor Azuma Kenjiro.


"We Love Cinema" Award

Award of Excellence

Citizens' Prize

Community Cinema Award

Directors Guild of Japan Award

Directors Guild of Japan Award - Special Mention


FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention

Mayor's Prize


NETPAC Award - Special Mention

New Asian Currents - Award of Excellence

New Asian Currents - Special Mention

Ogawa Shinsuke Prize
  • The award is named to carry on the spirit of Shinsuke Ogawa, the film director who was instrumental in the creation of the YIDFF and who put much of his energy into facilitating exchanges among Asian documentarists.

Prize for Encouragement

Prize of Excellence

Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize

Runner-up Prize

Sky Perfect IDEHA Prize

Special Prize