About Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival

The Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival is an independent film festival hosted by Meihodo Inc., a Japanese corporation working to support and promote young international creators and provide a platform for cultural conversations between film producers from all over the world.

  The annual festival debuted in 2018, in Fukuoka, Japan. Each year, it culminates with an evaluation and awards ceremony. 

  The event is organized, operated, and judged by an executive committee assembled by Meihodo. Since 2018, world-renowned television host, producer, and Emmy winner Madame Yue-Sai Kan has served as the committee’s Honorary Chairperson. We have also had the honor of regularly welcoming Sir Tan Dun, the dean of the Bard Conservatory of Music and a Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar Award winner, as Honorary Chairman of The Jury.

  We were pleased to welcome Madame Juliette Binoche as our Guest of Honor and Special Advisor last year at our third annual festival. Her many accolades include an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a César Award. She also served as the Chairman of the Jury for the 69th Berlin Film Festival in 2019. 

  In past years, internationally renowned Chinese photographer/visual artist Chen Man has also accepted our invitation to serve as the Honorary Chairperson of the Jury.

   Each annual festival carries a theme. In 2021, the theme was centered on an unforgettable period. We asked creators to share a glimpse of everyday life during the pandemic, and we received 2,309 submissions from 102 countries. The 2021 committee consisted of 30 judges from 12 nations. They handpicked 655 official selections, 124 prestigious works, and 25 award winners across four separate categories. The Grand Prize was awarded to Iranian director Komeil Soheili for his short film “Coexist.” In all, a total of 68 entries received more than $150,000 in prizes.

 

  This year, the Fourth Annual Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival will focus on innovation and exploring the brave new world of the future, with cryptocurrency and NFTs as newly added components. It has been approved by Meihodo’s executive committee and is set to be organized through Meihodo’s U.S. headquarters in New York City. It will be sponsored by Meihodo Short Film Productions and Meihodo New York Inc.



About the 3rd Annual Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival
Festival Slogan:”Image is Power, Youth is Future”

Schedule:

9/27–11/30     Submissions open

12/17             Announcement of 124 finalists

1/8                 Festival Awards Ceremony

1/8                 Exhibition of Films "We Are in This Together -- Unforgettable Moments In 2020" at the KISS Fukuoka in Japan,on display throughout 2021


Time :         January 8, 2021

Venue :       KISS FUKUOKA (Kyushu International Studio Square)

Content :     "We Are in This Together -- Unforgettable Moments In 2020" Theme video works exhibition, selected works showcasing, award ceremony, online discussion forum

Curator :      Bian Qiang, Gao Yue, Ren Shunli, Li Ang

Organizer:    Meihodo,Inc., Tencent Video Entertainment

Sponsor :     RKB Daily Broadcast, Meihodo New York, Inc., Meihodo Hawaii, Inc., MEIHODO Washoku Culture Museum, Kiss Fukuoka Co., Ltd.

Productor:    Meihodo Media, Inc.

Operator :    Pointyes, Co., Ltd., China Television Co.,Ltd.


History of Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival

This year marks the third annual festival. Across the prior two festivals 663 video works have been submitted from 12 countries and regions including China, Japan, the United States and Vietnam. A total of 68 entries were awarded with a total prize money of ¥16 million ($150K).

The first Annual Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival was held in Fukuoka, Japan, from November 6, 2018, to November 7, 2018. More than 320 works were submitted from students from 12 Chinese colleges and universities, including Beijing Film Academy and nine Japanese colleges and universities, including Tokyo University of the Arts. Among them, 31 won awards.“Swimming Home,”a drama directed by Yiyu Wang, a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, won the highest honor of the first film festival, the Meihodo Grand Prize of ¥1 million ($10K).

The second Annual Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival was held in Fukuoka, Japan, from August 28, 2019, to August 29, 2019. More than 340 works were submitted from students from 18 Chinese colleges and universities, including Beijing Film Academy and Central Academy of Drama; seven colleges and universities in Japan, including the Art Department of Japan University, Film Studies Department of Tokyo University of the Arts; 41 colleges and universities in the United States such as Harvard University, New York University, Parsons School of Design; and 67 colleges and universities in Vietnam like Ho Chi Minh University. In the end, 37 entries were awarded prizes.“The South and the Gun”by Yuxing Li, a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, won the Meihodo Grand Prize, the highest honor of the second annual festival.

The Organizing Committee for the third annual festival was officially established on September 1, 2020.