2021 Festival

Jury for 2021 Festival

Jury members are all social scientists, film specialists or film practitioners.

From the cinema world
Guillaume Morel
Ghanwa Rana
Laurence Reymond

→ From the social sciences world
Jean-François Laé
Charlotte Lamotte
Kazuhiko Yatabe

2021 Festival

Festival Team and Supporting Institutions

Programming Committee

Claire Brisset
Jean-Michel Butel
Mathieu Capel
Beat Frey
Dimitri Ianni
Ricardo Matos Cabo
Anne-Lise Mithout
Sayaka Mizuno
Mary Picone
Nicolas Pinet

Supporting Institutions

The 2021 festival is organized in coordination with the Populations japonaises (IFRAE & CRCAO) research group, with support from three research centers and one University Department, the Centre for Japanese Studies (CRJ, EHESS & CNRS), the East Asian Civilizations Research Centre (CRCAO, université de Paris & CNRS), the French Research Institute on East Asia (IFRAE, INALCO, université de Paris & CNRS) and the University of Geneva’s East-Asian Studies Department (Faculty of Letters)


Documentary Film & Social Sciences

The documentary film festival “Fenêtres sur le Japon” (Windows on Japan) was born to explore further the many connections and intersections between the social sciences –particularly those using ethnography– and documentary films. Both are based on viewing the social world starting from fieldwork, that is from a more or less long period of proximity to the persons or places portrayed in these texts or films. Some social science researchers such as Jean Rouch or Eliane de Latour occasionally use cameras to express their observations through another medium. Some film-makers, like Mori Tatsuya, also extend their documentaries by means of books. This festival is meant to be a contribution to a continued dialogue between these two worlds with a place –Japan– as a starting point.

2021 Festival

2021 Festival Call for Entries

The 2021 festival will be held in Paris on December 3rd and 4th, 2021.

Films with 2019, 2020 or 2021 copyright may apply.

Duration: more than 50 minutes
Subject matter: contemporary Japanese society
Languages: French, Japanese with French or English subtitles, English.

→ To compete please send an email to including (1) a brief introduction of the filmmaker, (2) a summary of the film –which will appear on the festival site if the film is preselected –as well as (3) a link to an online copy of your film. Instead of a link you may also upload your film directly on the festival’s Seafile account using this link:

– September 10th, 2021: deadline for reception of films
– September-October: the selection committee preselects four films
– November: announcement of the preselected films which will be screened during the festival
– December 3rd & 4th: Festival


Dimitri Ianni & Nicolas Pinet