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The Cannes Festival

The Cannes Festival

The Cannes Festival, named until 2002 as the International Film Festival (Festival international du film) and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

Invitation films from Cannes Film Festival

NIFF invites four short films from our partner Cannes Film Festival Short Films and the student short film section, Cinéfondation.

Berlinale Spotlight-Generation

The Berlin International Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival, usually called the Berlinale, is a film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been held every February since 1978.

NIFF’s New Partnership Program with the Berlinale’s Generation Section
NIFF Youth Jury Program: Berlinale Spotlight-Generation

The Nara International Film Festival is celebrating its 5th edition and the 10th anniversary since the year of the pre-festival event.
In this memorable year, NIFF established a partnership with the Berlinale’s children and youth section, Generation and will initiate NIFF’s long cherished youth jury program: Berlinale Spotlight-Generation.
This youth program showcases recommended films from the Berlinale Generation that entertains people of all generations. The 13 to 18 year-old jurors choose winners from the state of the art line-up.



Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA
Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA (SSFF & ASIA), founded by the Japanese actor Tetsuya BESSHO in 1999, is one of the largest short film festivals in Japan. Every year, the festival screens approximately 300 films which are selected from more than 6,000 submitted films from over 100 countries.


NIFF collaborates with SSFF & ASIA to present a discussion session inviting top-class professionals from the international film industry. This audience inclusive event delves into all aspects of filmmaking with its focus on nurturing the next generation of filmmakers.