If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs for the last couple of months (if you haven’t you’re missing out!) you’ll be aware of the Festival of Japanese Culture that we are hosting in Lincoln this October. It’s very exciting stuff.

From Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th October 2015 we’ll be celebrating the colourful culture of Japan with a broad variety of tantalising events including; Japanese theatre, traditional tea ceremonies, art exhibitions and even a Nintendo gaming event.

Alongside this fruitful schedule, we’ll be hosting a mini film festival celebrating Japanese filmmaking (how could we not, we’re a bunch of filmmakers and film-lovers at heart). There will be a total of 5 screenings across two of Lincoln’s best and most characteristic cinemas – The Venue and The Ritz.


The Schedule

On Sunday 4th October 2015, we will be hosting our first screening event, a Japanese Feature film, accompanied by a talk from an acclaimed (but secret, for now) speaker.  This will be hosted in the state-of-of-the-art Venue Cinema near Bishop’s Grosseteste University.

On Tuesday 6th October 2015, we will be taking over The Venue again, this time for a Short Film Event. Alongside some fantastic Japanese shorts, we will be screening some Japanese-influence shorts and running an exciting little competition (Details at the end of this post)!!

Friday 9th October 2015 will see us taking over the wonderful Ritz Cinema, for another Japanese feature film, with a Q&A from another acclaimed (and yes, also secret) speaker.

Finally on Saturday 10th October, we will host two screenings in The Ritz. The first will be a morning family screening as part of The Ritz’ ongoing ‘kids club’, and we will be screening a film from the world renowned Ghibli studios! Later in the evening we will be screening another Japanese feature, this screening is particularly special though as it will be followed by our festival wrap party, hosted in the Ritz bar and film memorabilia lounge!


Lots going on!

Competition Time!

Alongside the incredible Japanese shorts we have lined up for the Short Film night in The Venue, we’d like to see what you have to offer! We’re offering the opportunity for your Japanese themed short films to be screened on the big screen in front of our festival audience! And because we’re such wonderful generous human beings, we’re also offering 5 bursaries of £100 to help filmmakers make their films!

For the opportunity to have your short film screened on the big screen in front of our festival audience & the chance to win some fantastic prizes; submit a Vimeo link of your short film via email with a document detailing a short synopsis, how your film is influenced by Japanese cinema (themes, genre, style etc) and a little about yourself.

For the opportunity to get your hands on one of our bursaries, submit a short proposal to detailing your film’s title, a synopsis, and how it is related to/you have been influenced by Japanese cinema. We’d also like to know a little about who you are, and the estimated length of your film. Proposals should be submitted by July 31st 2015, to ensure you have plenty of time to make your film if you are selected!

You can request a proposal form, submissions form (or make your own), get anymore questions you may have answered and send your completed proposals to Mikaela at mikaela@blueprintfilm.co.uk!

We don’t want to stifle your creativity, so we’ve kept rules to a minimum. Just make sure that your film’s running time is less than 15 minutes, and ensure that all components of the film are created by the filmmakers (royalty free music may be used).


Get cracking with those proposals, little film lovers!

Japan Festival 2015

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