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Breaking the mold

Galleries, movie theaters, performing arts theaters, the Kabukiza Theater, and more.
All types of art-related spots exist in Ginza.
In Ginza, numerous artists have taken over traditional molds and broken them, remaking them into new art and culture.
In the Ginza Short Film Contest 2019,
we are seeking new talent.
Add color with completely new images to Ginza that continues to grow through repeated phases of tradition and innovation.
All ages and forms of expression are welcome.
We await masterpieces that will make all previous films look old and instantly create a new era.

Contest details

Ginza Short Film Contest 2019
Ginza Street Association, Ginza International Luxury Committee (GILC), Ginza Association
Taisei Corporation, The Asahi Shimbun Company, Kirarito Ginza, Sapporo Holdings Ltd., Shiseido Company, Mizuho Bank Ltd., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ricoh Company Ltd.
Entry requirements
All ages or levels of experience
  • Start of entry

    Friday, February 22

  • Entry deadline

    6 p.m. Friday, April 26

  • Selection period

    From Wednesday, May 1

  • Final selection
    Notification to successful applicants


  • Award Ceremony

    End of May (tentative)/p>

*Successful applicants will receive details from the office about an award ceremony around mid-May 2019.
Prize money
Best Film (1) 2 million yen
Outstanding Film (1) 500,000 yen
Judge’s Award (1) 300,000 yen
Ginza Award (1) 100,000 yen
GILC Award (1) 100,000 yen
Judge: Shinichi Tanizawa (Chairperson of the Ginza Street Association)
Judge: Hitoshi Miki (Ginza International Luxury Committee Representative)
Judge: Tetsuya Bessho (Short Short Film Festival & Asia Representative)
Updated information about Judges will be posted on the website.
Entry outline
1. Any type such as live filming, animation, and CG
2. Includes elements with the theme ‘breaking the mold.’
Please express your own concept of ‘breaking the mold’ in a video.
e.g. A future that breaks the mold, ahead of the values of 2019. A film depicting an image of Ginza 100 years from now.
*Filming location does not have to be in Ginza.
Length of the video
Total length of up to 5 minutes
*Includes the title and closing credits
File restrictions
1. Acceptable formats: MOV or MP4
2. Frames: Recommended 1920×1080 (30 fps)
3. File size: Up to 500 MB

Greeting from a Representative

  • Ginza grows as it takes in all types of culture and raises its value in line with the changing of the times. Our group, GILC, that we began in 2002 is now entering its 18th year. As the year approaching 2020, we are launching 2019 Ginza Short Film Contest based on Ginza’s receptivity as a blank canvas, offering welcome to all types of arts and culture that immerse our district in color.

    As the first year for this contest, we are only accepting film entries from Japan, but we hope to include entries from other countries as well from next year. We hope to continue this project for many years as a new entertainment of Ginza so that we can convey the allure of Ginza even more through the Ginza Short Film Contest.

    Not only is Ginza the heart of Tokyo with a long history; but also will be ahead of the rest of Tokyo and Japan and will continue to disseminate new culture to the world, for the future.

    Ginza Short Film Contest Representative

    GILC Representative

What is the Ginza International Luxury Committee (GILC)?

In 2002, seven international luxury brand companies with shops on Ginza Chuo-dori or Harumi-dori joined together to establish the Ginza International Luxury Committee (GILC) with the aim of revitalizing Ginza area and raising its profile. GILC is a committee that belongs to the Ginza Street Association, and currently counts 24 companies as its members.
As one part of Ginza, a district that represents Japan, GILC’s goal is to raise the profile of Ginza in the world, as a highly international place with a strong cultural presence. We will continue to hold various activities.

GILC member brand shops (24 shops in alphabetical order) / Name of company

  • Bulgari / Bulgari Japan Ltd.
  • Cartier / Richemont Japan Ltd.
  • Céline / LVMH Fashion Group Japan Céline Japan
  • Chanel / Chanel K.K.
  • Christian Dior / Christian Dior K.K.
  • Dunhill / Richemont Japan Ltd.
  • Ermenegildo Zegna / Zegna Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Fendi / Fendi Japan Ltd.
  • Giorgio Armani / Giorgio Armani Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Gucci / Kering Japan Ltd. Gucci Division
  • Harry Winston / Harry Winston Japan K.K.
  • Hermès / Hermès Japon Co., Ltd.
  • Longchamp / Longchamp Japan K.K.
  • Louis Vuitton / Louis Vuitton Japan K.K.
  • Montblanc / Richemont Japan Ltd.
  • Omega / The Swatch Group (Japan) K.K.
  • Piaget / Richemont Japan Ltd.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo / Ferragamo Japan K.K.
  • Swarovski / Swarovski Japan Ltd.
  • Tasaki / TASAKI & Co., Ltd.
  • Tiffany & Co. / Tiffany & Co. Japan Inc.
  • Vacheron Constantin / Richemont Japan Ltd.
  • Valentino / Valentino Japan Ltd.
  • Van Cleef & Arpels / Richemont Japan Ltd.
  • Representative: Hitoshi Miki (President and representative director, regional CEO, Richemont Japan Ltd.)

GILC Activities & Achievements

  • 2003 VOGUE Photo Exhibition
  • 2004 Ginza Sakura Avenue
  • 2005 to 2010 Ginza International Jazz Festival
  • 2011 to 2017 Ginza Illumination
  • 2019 Ginza Short Film Contest

Inquiries about the Ginza Short Film Contest

  • Ginza Short Film Contest Application Office
  • E-mail: info@ginza-sfc.jp (open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. *Excluding weekends and holidays)
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