Welcome to the first annual Ishinomaki International Film Festival. We have created this festival to bring together musicians and filmmakers from Ishinomaki, the rest of Japan and the world, to help us build a community of art and communication, and to inspire young people to create their own films and music and find expression for their voices.
Ishinomaki has a history of movie theaters and music. With more than ten movie theaters in this small town, people would come from far and wide to enjoy films. It also used to be the town with the most live music venues in the Tohoku area. We want to bring back some of the excitement of times gone by and invite people to come to Ishinomaki to experience the post-tsunami renaissance that is happening right now in Ishinomaki. This festival will also feature films made by participants in the Ishinomaki Documentary Filmmaking Course during the month of July.
Non-Japanese films nominated for this festival will be subtitled in Japanese by the Ishinomaki Film translating team and filmmakers will be provided with the subtitle data. Japanese films nominated for this festival will be subtitled in English by the Ishinomaki Film translating team and filmmakers will be provided with the subtitle data.
This is an excellent opportunity to introduce your work to Japan. Nominated films will be screened in Ishinomaki and residents will vote for the Ishinomaki Award.
Short Documentary Films (up to 15 minutes) will be judged on quality of storytelling, production quality, originality and passion. All kinds of subject matter are welcome but we have a particular liking for films about the power of the human spirit to overcome overwhelming obstacles and hardship.
Documentary Made in Tohoku
*the residents of Ishinomaki will cast votes for their favorite short documentary film
July 29th, 2017 3 P.M.
Ishinomaki Rolling Stone Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Plena Hall, Ishinomaki
Screening and award presentation of winning films. Films made by participants in the Documentary Film Making Course will be screened and guests will vote for their favorite film.
July 29th, 2017 7 P.M.
Ishinomaki Rolling Stone Film Festival Official Selection Screening
Ishinomaki Film School, Hashidori Common, Ishinomaki
Screening of the Official Selection films.