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Contest Rules

Before you enter, please ensure you have read and complied with the below terms and conditions.


Entries must:

  • be from current Australian and New Zealand students.
  • be strictly no longer than 3 minutes (including credits).
  • contain mostly Japanese language script. Some English is acceptable but the script should be mostly Japanese. Please see ‘Judges’ Tips‘ for some hints about the use of Japanese.
  • include a featured item of the year. チョウ (butterfly)


Junior Secondary (Year 7 – 10)
Senior Secondary (Year 11 – 12)

Prizes (for each division)

◇ Winners will receive:

  • 1 x engraved trophy per entry
  • 1 x $100 voucher from MADMAN per entry

◇  Special Mentions will receive:

  • 1 x special mention certificate per entry
  • 1 x choice of DVD from MADMAN per entry

<Note 1>
The choice of DVD must:
– be a single DVD only.
– be less than $70.
– not be special edition ones.

<Note 2>
For primary, Junior Secondary and Senior secondary school, 1 x chosen DVD will be sent to Japanese teacher in the school.
For tertiary, 1 x chosen DVD will be sent to the representive person (contact person)’s nominated address.

2021 Timeline

  • Entry open: March 10, 2021
  • Entry close: September 1, 2021 [Extended to October 24, 2021]
  • Outcome notification: Mid November 2021

How to enter

  1. Upload the video as an “unlisted” on YouTube (see further instructions below) .
  2. Entries are accepted via our online application form including You Tube web link.


  • Applicants under 18 years of age must have the form submitted on their behalf by a teacher, parent or guardian. Teachers may only complete the form on the condition that they have sought consent from the parent or guardian of any student appearing in the video.
  • Schools may enter the contest as many times as they like.
  • By completing the application form, you acknowledge that you have received consent from all visually identifiable people who appear in the video. In obtaining consent, identifiable people must be made aware that the video may be made available to the general public.

● Name of Video: Video Matsuri 2020: Video title – School name(State/Territory ).
<E.g.> Video Matsuri 2020: Severus Snape’s Weekend – Hogwarts School of Witchcraft (NSW)

● The description:  Include your film inspiration and any background information you’d like to add.

● Privacy settings : Must be Unlisted (This means the video cannot be searched for or viewed without this specific link).

● Tags: You don’t need to add any tags.

Once the Video is uploaded you will received a web link, and enter this link on the entry form.

See this simple video on how to upload YouTube videos.

Under Australian law, copyright material can be used for research or study purposes, as long as it is not used excessively.

Licensed music is covered for this use in all government schools in Australia by an agreement with APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association).

This right does not extend to uploading videos to the internet. Videos that use copyright material without permission will not be accepted in this contest.

As such, we strongly encourage participants to use music from the Creative Commons, where music is available for public use. See our handy hints for more information.

All entrants must ensure there are no corporate logos shown during the video. This includes anyone wearing and/or displaying corporate logos. Entrants are advised to remove or obscure labels/brand names from any commercial products used in their videos. (School uniforms are exempt from this condition.)

The entrant retains copyright over their work, but by entering the Video Matsuri Contest, the entrant grants permission to The Japan Foundation, Sydney to reproduce the video on any Japan Foundation websites and social media channels, to use the video for instructional purposes, and to screen entries for public viewing and promotional purposes.

All music and images used must be:

  • accompanied with the appropriate permissions and clearances.
  • original, permitted or copyright-free.
  • credited/acknowledged when filling out the registration form.

The entrant is responsible for ensuring that the film does not infringe the rights, including but not limited to, copyright or intellectual property etc. of another person, group or entity.

The Japan Foundation, Sydney cannot provide any legal advice on copyright issues.

More information about copyright.

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