Notice of Change to Online Screening and Change in Date
Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2020, which has been preparing to be held from August 28 to September 1, will be held online in order to prevent infection and spread of the new coronavirus as much as possible. The dates will be rescheduled after September.
This is the 30th anniversary year of the film festival, and the first time it is held from winter to summer. In addition to outdoor events, we are preparing for various screening events that could not be held in the winter, and we have been discussing every day whether we can somehow land the event in Yubari City even if the scale is reduced.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused to those who have been looking forward to the festival. However, the festival has attracted approximately 10,000 visitors from all over the country and abroad.
In order to avoid the risk of infection to visitors and staff, Yubari citizens’ volunteers who support the film festival, student volunteers from all over Japan, and people involved in the film industry, and to give top priority to health and safety, we have decided to cancel the screening of the film in Yubari City this year and hold the film festival online. We would like to thank the audience, film applicants, and everyone involved for their understanding that the event will be held online.
Applicants will be notified directly by the end of June about the screening method and the screening for judging.
Even though the festival will be held online, we are still preparing a project that is very much like the so-called “Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival”. Details will be announced as soon as they are ready. We hope you enjoy it.
With sincere respect to all the film fans around the world, the people who look forward to the festival, the film creators, actors, staff, and the citizens of Yubari, we hope that the world will come back to life as soon as possible.
And I hope that we can gather in Yubari again.
We will continue to push forward with passion until our reunion in Yubari City is realized.
Hirokazu Ueda, Representative Director of NPO Yubari Fanta
Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2020 Executive Committee