Japan Wildlife Film Festival JWFF

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a few words about us

Nature Film Network is an authorized non-profit organization based in Tokyo, Japan. Since its establishment in 1992, NFN has worked to encourage public enthusiasm towards nature through excellent wildlife films which we believe can be the important first encounter with nature for many people today. To pursue our philosophy, we have been organizing events and projects enabling more people access to these wonderful films and to support and encourage wildlife filmmaking, particularly in Asia. We do this through the Japan Wildlife Film Festival.

The festival receives over 400 film entries from over 52 countries and is attended by some 30 thousand members of the public who come from all over Japan.

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The team


Executive Director: Yoshiharu McNicoll

Marketing and PR: Kohta Asamidori

Outreach: Elizabeth Marsall

Outreach: Suzuko Tanoiri

Africa Rep: Maki Adachi

The Office Idol: Danjuro

Nature Film Network


Honorary Adviser


Hirohisa Ota

Tadao Umesao (Ethnologist / the First Curator of National Museum of Ethnology)
Toshitaka Hidaka (Director-General of Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Susumu Hani (Film Director)
Shoichi Sengoku (Curator Dpt. of Herpetology of Japan Wildlife Research Center)


What We Do

Holding its first festival in 1993, the festival is organized biennially - every odd year in Toyama prefecture, Japan.
With the cooperation of Wildscreen in Bristol, U.K. and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming, U.S.A., it has become the largest event of its kind in Asia and Pacific Rims.

The festival receives over 400 film entries from over 40 countries and is attended by some 40 thousand members of the public who come from all over Japan.

The Japan Wildlife Film Festival is a four-day event, where nominated films are screened at several theatres and open to the public free of charge.

The Festival gives the Japanese public an excellent opportunity to view high quality natural history films. In addition to the screenings, we invite several of the nominees and other filmmakers to give special seminars on the making of their films.