Welcome to Ishinomaki

Ishinomaki is a town in northeastern Japan that was devastated by the March 11, 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. Over 3,000 souls were lost on this day. Even after 6 years, there is still a lot of work to be done, many people still live in temporary housing, more than 10,000 people have left the town never to return. We hope this project will renew interest in Ishinomaki and the Tohoku region in general. Thank you for your support. 

Documentary Filmmaking Course in Ishinomaki

What are you doing this summer?

Come to Ishinomaki and make a documentary film!

Learn the tools of the trade from professional filmmakers.


Starts July 1st for 3 weekends, followed by a one week intensive course the last week of July. Your film will be featured in the Ishinomaki International Film Festival. 


We will be holding special evening seminars that can be attended by everyone. Meet our instructors here.

Ishinomaki International Film Festival (IIFF)

The First Annual Ishinomaki International Film Festival (IIFF) will be held on July 29th, 2017 at the Plena Hall in Ishinomaki. It will feature Music Videos and Documentary Shorts produced by artists in Ishinomaki, Japan and around the world. Student films made at the Documentary Filmmaking Course in July will also be screened and guests will choose their favorite film.

There will be awards for best film, films made in Tohoku, student films, music videos made on smart phones and the grand prize, the Ishinomaki award (the best film selected by the people of Ishinomaki).  Japanese subtitling provided for winning films.

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Support  ご支援

Payments can be made by PayPal (info@ishinomaki-film.com) or bank transfer. Please see here for the rewards we have prepared for different levels of sponsorship. We hope you find something interesting. Please include the name of the award in an email if you make a bank transfer (information below).


PayPal and Credit Card sponsorship payments can be sent using the buttons below. 



Rewards 3,000 - 100,000 JPY
Rewards 150,000 - 1,000,000 JPY

口座名義:Ishinomaki Film 代表 Jousan Jeffrey Mike

Joyo Bank 常陽銀行

Branch: Tsukuba City Hall Branchつくば市役所支店

Account Number口座番号: 1079059

Branch Number支店番号: 176

Bank Code銀行コード : 0130


Tel: 029-855-8728