Rules and Terms

You must have all the proper clearances and rights to submit your film and/or script. Do not submit a project if it doesn't belong to you unless you have explicit written permission. You grant us the right to screen your film at our festival.

Entries must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

To help protect the environment and cut back on waste, we only accept online screeners via for the submission process.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

The venue in Tokyo and the time of the screening may be subject to change because of factors outside of our control (booking, weather, etc.) but no matter what, there will be a screening with a live audience at a physical venue in Tokyo (the venue may be relocated to another city or country if there is a war or some other outstanding circumstance). If need be, the screening may be changed to a location in the United States. If there is another pandemic like covid19, we may be forced to have an online screening again but otherwise, it will be in-person.

Judging decisions are final. Submitters will not receive judging comments on their entry. No physical awards will be given, only images of laurels will be emailed.

Scripts can only be submitted by the original screenwriter. The entrant certifies that the script is their original work. We accept no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any script submitted to the festival. All entries are adjudicated by industry professionals who may have many movie or script ideas with multiple projects in the works. By sending in an entry, the screenwriter recognizes each and every judge may have similar ideas and absolves the Genre Celebration Festival and the judge(s) from any liability associated with his/her/their participation in this competition.

The person(s) or companies submitting a film and/or script shall indemnify and hold harmless the Genre Celebration Festival and its agents and associates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to any projects and/or materials submitted to the Genre Celebration Festival. The individual(s) or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

Neither party shall owe any liability to the other party arising under this agreement for any indirect, special, punitive or consequential damages, including, without limitation, loss of profit or business opportunities, except as expressly set forth herein. Neither party makes (and each party hereby specifically disclaims) any, representations or warrantees, express or implied, regarding the services contemplated by this agreement, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, implied warranties arising from a course of dealing or course of performance or any warranties relating to title or non-infringement of intellectual property. Neither party makes any representation, warranty or assurance concerning any minimum or maximum number of viewers or attendees or screenings or celebrities or special guests or events or seminars. Except for payments due collected by the Genre Celebration Festival as stated herein or on our website(s), the Genre Celebration Festival's liability for any damages caused to you as a result of performance or non-performance or damage under, or not under, this agreement shall be limited in all circumstances to an amount no greater than one U.S. dollar ($1.00).

We reserve the right to add, modify, or discard rules and terms, if needed, as needed, at any time, at its sole discretion, with or without notification. We further reserve the right to make decisions to address anomalies and/or unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to removing an entry from consideration, at our sole discretion, without providing an explanation.

By entering this festival, you agree to all of these rules and terms without any changes.