Ryuichi Sakamoto | async
International short film competition

Described by Sakamoto himself as a “soundtrack for an imaginary Andrei Tarkovsky film”, the music in async has an especially cinematic evocation. Thus, Sakamoto expressed the desire to see how this music would be used in a film.

So, we are pleased to announce the first international short film competition, “async - Short Film Competition” with the release of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s new album, async.

The short films will be judged by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and audiences from around the world.

Awards



Ryuichi Sakamoto - async Award

Among the submitted films, Ryuichi Sakamoto will decide on a winner based on the following criteria:

  • Originality.
  • Creativity.
  • Unique expression of the relationship between the music and the images.
  • The general appeal of the film.

The winner will be awarded the “Ryuichi Sakamoto - async Award”. Films scoring the same number of points will be reexamined based on the overall artistic value of the films.

The winner will receive:

  • The license to use one piece of new music composed and produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto for your next film project. (The rights of this music will be retained by Ryuichi Sakamoto and his management.)
  • A $3,000 USD cash prize.
  • The film will be included in the 5.1ch Blu-ray edition of async.
  • The film will be introduced as a promotional film on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s official site, sitesakamoto.com, the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the Japanese label commmons, and the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the international label Milan Records.
  • Ten signed albums chosen by Ryuichi Sakamoto from his discography.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Award

async birthed the first collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a filmmaker and artist Sakamoto loves and respects. Weerasethakul produced a video piece entitled first-light for which he used two pieces: “disintegration” and “Life, Life.” from async. In order to further the collaboration, Apichatpong has agreed to join this competition as a judge. He will decide on a winner based on the following criteria:

  • Originality.
  • Creativity.
  • The general appeal of the film.

The winner will be awarded the “Apichatpong Weerasethakul Award”. Films scoring the same number of points will be reexamined based on the overall artistic value of the films.

The winner will receive:

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul will serve as an advisor for your next film project.
  • A $2,000 USD cash prize.
  • The film will be included in the 5.1ch Blu-ray edition of async.
  • The film will be introduced as a promotional film on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s official site, sitesakamoto.com, the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the Japanese label commmons, and the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the international label Milan Records.
  • The vinyl and CD boxset which includes soundtracks from Apichatpong’s film and video pieces, entitled “Metaphors, Selected Soundworks from The Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul.”

Audience Award

One filmmaker whose short film gains the highest number of points based on the following method of calculation will win the Audience Award.

  • One point for every time the submitted film is played on Vimeo by September 30th, 2017.
  • Ten points for every “like” on Vimeo by September 30th, 2017.
  • Ten points for every “like” on Facebook by September 30th, 2017.

Films that score the same number of points will be reexamined based on the overall artistic value of the films.

The winner will receive the following prizes:

  • The film will be included in the 5.1ch Blu-ray edition of async.
  • The film will be introduced as a promotional film on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s official site, sitesakamoto.com, the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the Japanese label commmons, and the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the international label Milan Records.
  • An extra prize, to be determined and announced at a later time.

Eligibility

Anyone is eligible to submit. However, if you are considered a minor in your place of residence, you must obtain permission from your legal guardian in order to participate in this competition.

How to Submit

  • Create a short biography (500 words maximum) in English, which includes your name, address, and birthday.
  • Upload your film to Vimeo. Set privacy to "Anyone" can view (do not set a password). Please refer to Vimeo’s Video Compression guidelines for detailed information: https://vimeo.com/help/compression
  • Send your profile and non-password protected Vimeo URL via submission form.
    We will send you a confirmation of receipt.

Submission Guidelines

Entry Fee: None

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2017 12:00PM (EST)
Announcement of Winner: November 15th, 2017 12:00PM (EST)

Short Film Terms and Conditions:

  • Please produce a short film using 1 or 2 songs from Ryuichi Sakamoto’s album, async.
    • Unless otherwise pre-approved by our Company in writing, musical materials from async may be used solely for the purpose of this competition
    • Any other use of the musical and other materials from async must be pre-approved in writing by our Company.
    • Any unauthorized use is a violation of copyright laws and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
  • The failure of our Company not to enforce any copyright or any other rights shall not be construed as a waiver of the right, nor prevent our Company thereafter from subsequently enforcing that copyright, any other copyright or any other rights of our Company.
  • Short films must be no longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Short films must be new, unreleased, and original films.
  • The filmmaker is solely responsible for creating the necessary account with Vimeo in order to upload the short film. Please refer to and follow all Terms of Service of Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/terms), including but not limited to all Vimeo’s guidelines such as Video Compression Guidelines (https://vimeo.com/help/compression), Video Guidelines (https://vimeo.com/help/guidelines).
  • The short film must not infringe on any rights of third party rights holders (including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, property rights, right of likeness (in the case of short films which include human performers such as actors and dancers). In the unlikely event that a third party rights holder suffers damage due to the filmmaker’s short film, it is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker involved to resolve the issue at his or her own expense. The filmmaker shall indemnify our Company (defined as Ryuichi Sakamoto’s management and production company Kab Inc./Kinetic Arts and Business America Inc. Hereinafter collectively referred to as our “Company”) , their affiliates, subsidiaries, any other third party designated by our Company (including, but not limited to, the Japanese label commmons, and the international label Milan Records) and their successors for any and all damages caused by or arising out of the filmmaker’s infringement of third-party rights.
  • Applicants will retain all rights to their short films with the exception of any materials from async used in the short films.
  • Upon sending an email submission as noted above in step 3 of <How to Submit>, the applicant agrees to grant our Company, any affiliates, subsidiaries, and any third party affiliates designated by our Company and their successors a full, global, nonexclusive, irrevocable, sub-licensable, and free license to use the submitted work in any media form for any purpose. Our Company, any affiliates, subsidiaries, and any third party affiliates designated by our Company and their successors may copy, distribute, display, publish, adapt, transmit, demonstrate, create derivative work, and use the submitted work in anyway at their sole discretion. Furthermore, upon sending an email submission as noted above in step 3 of <How to Submit>, the applicant agrees to grant our Company and any affiliates, subsidiaries, any other third party designated by our Company and their successors a full, global, nonexclusive, irrevocable, sub-licensable, and free license to use the name(s), nick name(s), and biography of the filmmaker in any media form for any purpose. Our Company, affiliates, subsidiaries, any other third party designated by our Company and their successors may copy, distribute, display, publish, transmit, and use the submitted work in anyway at their sole discretion. The intended use includes but is not limited to the uploading to various websites and social media channels including Ryuichi Sakamoto’s official website, his social media channels, the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the Japanese label commmons and the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the international label Milan Records, in addition to the promotional use of the short film for async and as a preview for the documentary film, “Ryuichi Sakamoto Documentary Project” (tentative title).  The filmmaker must represent and warrant the lack of a third party contract which may interfere with the licensed rights above.
  • The applicant hereby waives, and will cause any and all third parties who may claim moral rights over the submitted work, to waive unconditionally and irrevocably all of the moral rights and rights of a similar nature in respect of the submitted work against our Company , affiliates, subsidiaries, any other third party designated by our Company and their successors in each jurisdiction throughout the world, to the extent that such rights may be waived in each respective jurisdiction.
  • Any short films with fraudulent votes (“Likes”) accumulated through methods including, but not limited to, the use of multiple accounts, script, macro, bot, commercial contest subscription, vote‒swapping sites, voting software, entering service sites or any other automated means and votes by any means that subvert the voting process or do not conform to the spirit of The Submission Guidelines will void those Likes and may disqualify the application. Our company will retain the right to use our sole discretion to void any Likes and disqualify any submissions from the audience award, which breaches the rules and regulations noted above.
  • If our Company finds any breach of The Submission Guidelines by a submitted short film, our Company will disqualify the submission. Additionally, any submissions deleted from Vimeo will be disqualified regardless of the reasons.
  • If a contact or a submission is late or fails due to our Company and/or Vimeo’s hardware or software issues, or due to any issues related to the failure of Internet connectivity or any other technical problems, our Company will not be responsible in any way.

General Guidelines

  • Our Company will communicate with applicants using the email addresses provided by the applicants when submitting their profiles. If any communication from our Company to the applicants is not delivered, or if the applicants do not respond to our Company by deadlines designated by our Company, the submissions may be disqualified.
  • Our Company reserves the right to postpone, discontinue, or cancel this competition at our sole discretion. Our Company will not be responsible for any damages suffered by the applicant due to these decisions.
  • Please be advised that we will not be answering any questions or concerns regarding the status or content of examination.
  • Cash prizes may be taxed depending on the laws and regulations that apply. The applicant must be responsible to complete the payment of these taxes.
  • If, for any reason, any part of this document is declared invalid, illegal, or unenforceable by a competent authority in any jurisdiction, the remainder of the document shall not be affected by such declaration, and the rules shall remain valid and effective in its entirety in all other jurisdictions. The part of this document that is declared invalid, illegal, or unenforceable shall be curtailed and limited only to the extent necessary to bring it within the legal requirements.
  • The official text of The Submission Guidelines is in Japanese. Any erroneous interpretation arising out of translations of the text that is inconsistent with the intention of the original Japanese text will not affect the original text of The Submission Guidelines.
  • The Submission Guidelines is in accordance with the Japanese law as the governing law and must be interpreted based on these laws. If any dispute arises out of the Submission Guidelines , the Tokyo District Court will have the exclusive jurisdiction over the dispute.
  • The winning short films may be presented along with the feature documentary film “Ryuichi Sakamoto Documentary Project” (tentative title) directed by Stephen Nomura Schible, planned to be released on November 4th, 2017 in Japan (and internationally thereafter). If you are considering submitting your short film to any international film festivals or competitions thereafter, you must consult with us in advance.

Privacy Policy

Personal information that our Company collects from applicants will be used for communications regarding the competition, announcements of the winning submissions, awarding prizes to the winning applicants, and operating and managing this competition. Our company will respect the privacy of our applicants in accordance with the law.