Dokuso, a Japanese independent-film streaming service, announced to open a cosplay-themed short film contest to encourage young creators and cosplayers. The contest named Cosplay Film Festival will be hosted in association with the World Cosplay Summit Executive Committee.
What is the Cosplay Film Festival?
The unique feature of this contest is that the organizer opens for a story idea and its plot at the first stage. And then, applicants move to the next step; selecting actors, especially cosplayers who would like to appear in the films.
By coordinating video creators and cosplayers, Dokuso aims to provide a new form of video production and a new stage for cosplayers to showcase their artworks.
Following the first round, the eight winning films out of the entire applications will move on to the second stage selecting actors. After the casting process, each of those who passed the first round will create a pilot film.
These pilot films will be screened at the “DOKUSO Eiga-kan” for the final round by a public audience. The audience will vote for the Grand Prix film, the Best Actor Award, and the Best Supporting Actor Award. The Grand Prix winner will receive a production subsidy of one million yen to produce a full 30-minute film.
No video production experience is required at the planning and plotting stage.
- Entry for the story idea and its plot
June 1, 2021 at 13:00 – July 18, 2021 at 23:59 (JST)
- Entry for actors
Monday, August 9, 2021 (JST) –
- The first round judgment
- Pilot film creation
- The final round; Voting by a public audience
- Winner confirmation
- Full film produce
- The applied idea and plot must be an original work that has not yet been made into a film
- The applied idea and plot must be a live-action or animation work with at least one human character
- No video production experience is required
- If the applicants won the first round, they must deliver a pilot film by the end of December 2021
- The production subsidy provided for the production of the pilot film will be 150,000 JPY, plus another 50,000 JPY for cosplayers
- The applicants must be a part of the WCS2021 held on August 7 and 8, 2021 on line
- The theme of the film has to be “cosplay.” However, the creators must not use the existing anime/manga characters or their costumes
For more details: Official website