And the film fest winner is…



By Matt Rose

Teams from around Hiroshima-ken worked together to create an eclectic mix of films for this year’s 4th annual Fukuyama Let’s Film Festival on May 30.

We received seven entries, including one from an ex-JET in Tokyo and the festival’s first entry from our neighbors in Okayama-ken. Hopefully we’ll see more from them in future events!

This year’s participants were challenged to include the following elements in their short films:

  • Prop: A Post It Note
  • Location: Somewhere in view of the Japanese character 中
  • Line: “According to the prophecy…”

The films ranged from spoof motivational mustache-growing tutorials, samurai ghost stories, tales of urban alienation, Fight Club pastiches, and several music videos, one of which was hilarious.

First prize went to Callum Watson and Kyo Morita’s “Waiting For Spring”, a touching cross-cultural love story in which every actor was forbidden from using their first language.

Roughly 85 people attended the event, which took place at Fukuyama’s Cinemode Annex cinema. In total, ¥75,000 was raised for this year’s charity of choice, UNICEF.

This will be the last Let’s Film Festival organized by Toby Ley and Matt Rose, but the reins have been passed on to Callum Watson and Diane Poon, so look for updates about upcoming events from them.

Please join the Facebook group to stay informed, and to see some previous years’ entries.



  1. What I was wondering is if one needs to be in Japan to enter the Let’s Film festival. I kinda wanted to enter it this year after hearing about it last year…
    Waiting for Spring is excellent^_^ first place well-deserved 😀 I love the Wide-Island View

  2. Hi Om

    We welcome entries from anywhere in the world. In the 2008 (1st) Horror Festival we had an entry from the UK. At pretty much very festival we’ve had entries from outside Hiroshima Prefecture where the makers couldn’t be present. However please consider that the festival is judged by an audience that is at least 1/3 Japanese so please make it understandable to both English and Japanese speakers either by subtitling, or by making it easily understandable. (A good example is the 2009 joint-second placed “Kouchi Kouchi Hige”. It was well received by the Japanese audience as easy to understand despite being totally in English.)

    We’ll post details later regarding how to get your movie to us, usually it’s done either by email or through a file hosting website.


  3. Hey thanks, well yeah let me know and I’ll have a bash at making something :-).

    I watched the guide to making a mustache in Japan, good stuff haha, got some classic quotable lines in there ^_^ “people with mustaches are more successful, have better luck with the ladies, and are just better people” LOL! Nice!

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