Niseko now has its own ski resort film festival

By 22nd April 2019 April 27th, 2019 Art, Culture, Entertainment, Events, News, Photography

Photo: Jana Rogers / Athlete: Roland Morley-Brown

It’s got a way to go before rivalling Sundance, but Niseko now has its own fully-fledged film festival following the hugely successful inaugural Niseko Shootout Film Festival.

Niseko Shootout combined a season-long photo contest, culminating with an awards night and film festival to announce the winners and celebrate spring in late March. More than 400 skiers, snowboarders, film and photography lovers filled Hanazono 308 (the Hanazono Ski Resort’s base complex) for the film festival and awards night.

“It was a huge turn out and double the crowd expected by organisers Niseko Tourism and Hokkaido Core.”

Niseko Tourism hopes the festival will grow every year to become a revered competition that will draw more international talent, foster local talent and culture, promote the wonders of Niseko, and create more reason for visitors to come in the spring shoulder season.

The Niseko Shootout was born from an Instagram-based photo competition in the winter of 2017/18. This winter more than 3000 local photos were hashtagged #nisekoshootout and therefore eligible to win the competition. Check out the winning photos and videos below.


Snowboarding category

1st Place: Last Light by @janzy_ (28 points)
2nd Place: Hideki’s Line by @taikinaka (26 points)
3rd Place: Sunrise Missions by @flakinggoodtime (26 points)


1st Place: Japanuary by Adam Kroenert

Cast: Pep Fujas, Joss McAlpn, Tim McChesney, Jackson Wells, Maude Raymond, Toshiya Kasuga, Gen Sasaki & Jye Parkinson.

2nd Place: Shiro by Miquel Soler

Cast: Jordi Brusca, Laura Donet, Yuhiro Kondo, Gabriel Mojón, Jaume Pons, Charly Ranza y Pablo Sanchez.

3rd Place: Yabai by George Knowles

Cast: Nick Larson

Got to Niseko Tourism YouTube to view the films showcased at the event,  follow Niseko Shootout and take stay tuned for details on the competition next winter!

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