The 2018-19 Niseko Shootout – Short Film Festival attracted more than 400 attendees to this one night event.

It’s got a way to go before rivalling Sundance, but Niseko now has its own fully-fledged film festival following the hugely successful inaugural Niseko Shootout Film & Photo Festival.

Niseko Shootout combined a season-long photo contest, culminating with an awards night and film festival to announce the winners and celebrate spring in late March. More than 400 skiers, snowboarders, film and photography lovers filled Hanazono 308 (the Hanazono Ski Resort’s base complex) for the film festival and awards night.

It was a huge turn out and double the crowd expected by organisers Niseko Tourism and Hokkaido Core.

Niseko Tourism hopes the festival will grow every year to become a revered competition that will draw more international talent, foster local talent and culture, promote the wonders of Niseko, and create more reason for visitors to come in the spring shoulder season.

Niseko Shootout – Short Film Winners:

1st Place – “Japanuary”

2nd Place – “Shiro”

3rd Place –  “Yabai やばい”

Go to Niseko Tourism YouTube to view the films showcased at the Short Film Festival. Event photos by | Alister Buckingham.

Here is a recap of the event by

The Niseko Shootout was born from an Instagram-based photo competition in the winter of 2017/18. This winter more than 3000 local photos were hashtagged #nisekoshootout and therefore eligible to win the competition.

Niseko Shootout Winners (View all photos on Nisekoshoot Instagram)

Skiing Category Snowboarding Category Landscape Category
1st Place: @andrewstrain 1st Place: @janzy 1st Place: @thejameswinfield
2nd Place: @jeffcricco 2nd Place: @taikinaka 2nd Place: @bez_ceregieli
3rd Place: @daniel_honda 3rd Place: @flakinggoodtime 3rd Place: @andrewstrain

1st Place Skiing



1st Place Snowboarding



1st Place Landscape