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Submission starts on June 15th. The deadline is September 10th, 2011.

Online magazine SHIFT presents DOTMOV Festival 2011, a digital film festival aiming to discover talented creators and provide them with an opportunity to show their works. Works submitted from all over the world will be screened throughout the world venues from November 2011 (screening schedule will be different depending on the venue). Last year‘s total submission was 237 works from 26 countries. The tour schedule will be announced on this page.



Festival mission

The goal of this festival is to discover talented artists and provide them with an opportunity to show their work. We are also trying to increase the international scope of the festival by inviting guest creators, active on the front lines of the creative world, to participate as judges. During the festival, holding a lot of related audio & visual events, we explore the possibility of digital films.

Date and Place:

Online: All selected works will be shown on SHIFT website. (from November 1st, 2011)
Place: TBA (major cities in Japan and the world) *Details to be announced.

Organised by


Guest Judges

Kenta Torimoto: SHIFT China’s editor-in-chief. Founder and artistic director of Office339, art management company specialized in contemporary art in Shanghai. Office339 manages, curates and produces artist/exhibition/variouse art project across Asia region.

Ian Anderson, The Designers Republic: With his team and solo Ian works as a creative director / art director / brand guardian / consultant and designer. With clients from Warp to Coca-Cola, Nokia, Nike, Sony and NTT, and in collaboration with other agencies internationally on work ranging from creative direction for EXD (The Lisbon Biennale) and design direction for Doc/fest (The Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival), in print / video / experimental film, from award winning web direction to TV channel branding, and more recently as an artist / educator / writer his influence on the detail of global graphic design is immeasurable. This year saw the first TDR retrospective in Japan at GGG, Tokyo.

Motion Theory: Motion Theory is a creative home for directors with a sharp visual and narrative focus. The company’s roster of directors ranges from award-winning veterans to emerging filmmakers, all sharing extraordinary visual style and the storytelling ability to transform creative potential into compelling viewer experiences across advertising and entertainment.

Yoshi Sodeoka, C505: Yoshi Sodeoka is a multidisciplinary artist and musician based in New York City. Over the past decade, his projects have been exhibited across the world (London’s Tate Britain, New York city’s Deitch Projects, Stockholm’s Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Paris’ Festival Némo, Baltimore Museum of Art, London’s OneDotZero, Barcelona’s Sonar Festival, Haifa Museum Israel, San Sebastian’s GlasKultur, The Creative Time Holiday Light Show at New York’s Grand Central Terminal, Berlin’s Transmediale, Poland’s Krakow Film Festival). Sodeoka has received grants from the likes of the Greenwall foundation and his work is part of the permanent collections of the San Francisco MoMA and New York’s Museum of the Moving Image.

Jiro Ohashi, Editor. He edited “Creators Cafe” (1996), “Creators Cafe 97” (1997), “Cyber Punk Handbook Japanese Edition”, “A Pez Collector’s Guide Book”, a design magazine “design plex” (BNN). In 2001, he started publishing a graphic magazine “SAL magazine” and has won both national and international fame. His works also include “GASBOOK UKAWA NAOHIRO” (2003), DVD “AUDIOVISUALJAPAN”(GAS AS I/F, 2004), “Novelty Design” (Shoeisya, 2005), “Disc Package Design” (Shoeisya, 2005), “GASBOOK HIDEKI INABA ~NEWLINE” (GAS AS I/F, 2006). Currently working as a medical staff in a hospital psychiatric ward.

KiYoung Park, Sugarcube: Korean leading web creator agency who create Samsung’s branding site constantly and with these web sites, they’ve got some awards like “12th Webby Awards People’s Voice” and “2008 Cannes Cyber Lions Shortlist”. Their strong point is branded entertainment and interactive storytelling through ‘digital storytelling’.

David Linderman: Creative Direction, Hi-ReS! New York. Linderman’s work is commonly associated with the early experimental and commercial design projects at Fork Unstable Media, a design group that he founded in 1996 in Hamburg, Germany. In 1999, a second Fork studio was launched in Berlin where he worked and taught as Professor for Graphic Design / Interactive Design (HfG-Offenbach) until shortly before his move to Hi-Res! in 2009.
Linderman has been commissioned for a variety of work in printed media, animation, film and interactive design, specializing in interface design and corporate identity in digital media. Over the years, he has worked on projects for clients as diverse as Adidas, Flyer, MTV USA, NIVEA International, OTTO, Der Tagesspiegel, Transmediale Festival and Universal Records or WIRED magazine. Installations and exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Sonar Festival (Barcelona), Künstlerhaus Vienna, the Micronanze Festival (Rome) and the Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA). Three projects from Fork Unstable Media are also included in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art(SFMOMA) permanent collection and have won numerous international awards under Linderman’s creative direction, including the Art Directors Club New York, Art Directors Club Deutschland, One Show, Clio Award and Type Directors Club.
Since the spring of 2009, he has been working as member of the Creative Direction by Hi-Res! London, and now, helping found the Hi-ReS! New York studio. The current client list includes Dolce&Gabbana, Chanel, Helmut Lang, Jägermeister, Nokia, Channel 4 UK, Rizzolli New York as well as artists such as Beck, Massive Attack and Goldfrapp.

Hideki Inaba: Started his career as a graphic designer in 1997, Hideki Inaba gained highly attention for his innovative graphic works. His first solo exhibition “NEWLINE” was exhibited in 2004. Since then, he has received offers from around the world including collaborative work with shu uemura, a range of exhibitions, and cover design for Taschen’s Books among other numerous works. He participated in the group exhibition “KANSEI” at the Musse des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 2009, ground opening exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda and group exhibition at National Art Gallery Malaysia in 2010, His recent solo exhibitions were “9010” held for the 20th anniversary of Art Gallery Artium and “+81 3331 9010” at +81 Gallery+Lab.

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Applicant’s qualification

We accept all work including prize-winning works or works submitted to other contests in Japan as well as in other countries.
Submissions are accepted regardless of nationality and open to both professionals and amateurs. If some contests forbid sending your work to other contests, please respect their requirements.
Animation, images, sounds, music, text and illustrations in your work should be original.
However if the author give a permission to submit, it doesn’t have to be your original.
Works submitted for the past edition of DOTMOV festival can’t be accepted.


Choose your favourite theme and create a work with it. (You can submit as many pieces as desired.)

Works to submit

The work should be digital film works such as animation, design or music clip.
The format should be videotape (VHS/S-VHS), mini DV (NTSC), or DVD (video format/NTSC or PAL).
We will not accept any works that are not in the above formats such as digital data (quicktime movie or flash etc.) and PAL mini DV tape.
Please post your work which is copied in the above media.
We only accept works which is delivered by post. Submitted work is not returned to you. Please save a master copy for yourself.


September 10th , 2011

Fees / Awards

Submission is free. Any money for film production or prizes are not given.


Copyright and the right to use and distribute works are given to the creators.
Organiser has the right to use the works at projects related to this festival (i.e. publicity, projecting and displaying in the event, showing on the web).

Contact E-mail address

How to submit

1. How to submit

Complete the application form and send your work with it to the following address.
Please download the application form from here.
Submission starts on June 15th, 2011.

Shift Magazine
3F Sasshin Bld., S6 W11 Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0806, Japan
Tel: +81-11-206-4567

2. Selection

Shift and guest creators will select works to show at the event from all those that arrive before the deadline, September 10th, 2011.
Results will be sent to the selected creators only. We will not accept any inquiries.

3. After the selection

The submitted works will be selected by guest creators and Shift.
The selected works will be shown on Shift website from November 1st, 2011, and also screened at world venues. (Date will be different depending on the venue).

[Help wanted] Inviting volunteer staff / pro bono for contribution and translation. Please e-mail to us.
Liu Bolin