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Submission starts on May 15th. The deadline is August 20th, 2012.

Online magazine SHIFT presents DOTMOV Festival 2012, 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 2012 (screening schedule will be different depending on the venue). Last year‘s total submission was 208 works from 18 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, 2012)
Place: TBA (major cities in Japan and the world) *Details to be announced.

Organised by


Guest Judges

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. In 2011 saw the first TDR retrospective in Japan at GGG, Tokyo.

Mirada: Mirada is a new sister company of Motion Theory. It is a studio designed for storytellers. Founded by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, and Motion Theory co-founders Javier Jimenez and director Mathew Cullen, Mirada is equal parts design studio, visual effects & animation facility, creative & technology incubator, development and production company. Mirada opened in December 2010 with narrative tradition at its heart and technological innovation as its engine.

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: David’s work is commonly associated with the early experimental and commercial projects at Fork Unstable Media, an interactive design group that he founded in 1996, in Hamburg, Germany. In 1998, a second Fork studio was launched in New York City closely followed by a third office in 1999, Berlin, where he worked as Creative Director and taught as Professor for Graphic Design & Interactive Design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG-Offenbach) from 2004 until his move to Hi-Res! London in 2009. 
Fork won numerous international awards under Linderman’s creative direction, including the Art Directors Club New York, Art Directors Club Deutschland, New York Festivals, the One Show, Clio Award and the New York Type Directors Club, for clients as diverse as Adidas, Flyer, MTV USA, NIVEA International, OTTO, Der Tagesspiegel, the Berlin Transmediale Festival, Universal Records and WIRED magazine.
In Spring 2009 Linderman moved to London, taking on a new creative role at Hi-ReS! under Florian Schmitt and Alexandra Jugovic. Clients included Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Jägermeister Mast (DE) and a plethora of project work for clients as diverse as IBM, Starbucks and Doritos.
In 2011, he helped establish the first Hi-ReS! satellite studio in New York and is currently responsible for the creative direction of Chanel USA, Edun, Helmut Lang, Jägermeister USA (Sidney Frank) and Theyskens’ Theory at Hi-ReS! New York.

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 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.
His work was selected for the art division jury recommended work in Japan Media Arts Festival, exhibited at the National Art Center in 2011. He was invited to Centre Pompidou in Paris, created the graphic work for Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo.

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.

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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.
To apply, please upload your film entry on YouTube or Vimeo.
If we like your work, please send us any of these formats: Vidio tape (VHS/S-VHS), mini DV (NTSC), DVD (vidio format).
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.


August 20th , 2012.

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).

E-mail address

How to submit

1. How to submit

Please upload your film entry on YouTube or Vimeo, fill the application format and send it by email to the above address.
Please download the application form from here.
Submission starts on May 15th, 2012.

2. Selection

Shift and guest creators will select works to show at the event from all those that arrive before the deadline, August 20th, 2012.
Results will be sent to the selected creators only. We will not accept any inquiries.

Shift Magazine
CAI Bld., 2-5, North 1 West 28, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821, Japan
Tel: +81-11-213-8222

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, 2012, 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.