The 3rd NIAFF will be held from March 15 – 20, 2025 in the city of Niigata!


Tokyo/Niigata, Japan, June 11, 2024 – Niigata International Animation Film Festival (NIAFF), the
largest animation film festival in Asia as well as the first film festival in the world dedicated to
feature-length animated movies, proudly announces its next year’s festival dates to be March 15 –
20, and will start accepting entries for its key event of film competition from July 1.

“We will have our third edition next year. We make a call out for the films that we have not yet
seen or wish to see again on a big screen,” says NIAFF’s Program Director Tadashi Sudo. “The
number of entries and visitors this year for our second edition greatly exceeded those of the first,
thanks to the support and cooperation of many people who shared our goal of ‘bringing animation to
as many people as possible.’ NIAFF continues to grow bigger. If you come to Niigata, you will be able
to find out what’s new in the world of animation! That’s the kind of film festival we want to be.”

The 3rd Niigata International Animation Film Festival will be held from March 15 – 20, 2025 in the
city of Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
To enter its film competition, please follow these
● Your entry must be made between July 1 midnight (JST) and November 30 midnight (JST)
● Your work must be 40 minutes or longer, including end credits
● Your work must and can be any type of animation but the production must be complete
after January 1, 2023
● Your entry can be made via the online form ( or
FilmFreeway (
For more information, please visit

As the world’s first film festival focusing on feature-length animation and the largest animation film
festival in Asia, Niigata International Animation Film Festival provides a wide variety of programs:
Feature Film Competition, Retrospective screenings, Animation Camp, and numerous talk and forum
events. The festival is held in the city of Niigata, the “Animation Capital of Japan”, where many
creators of manga and animation originated from including Hiroshi Okawa who founded Toei
Animation and produced Japan’s first colored feature-length animation movie The Tale of the White
Serpent in 1958. NIAFF prides itself for providing opportunities to both creators and audiences to
intermingle and exchange ideas in this centuries-old historical port city of Niigata which in the Meiji
era boasted a population that surpassed that of Tokyo.