PROJECTTAKA WINTER VIDEO CAMP: Promotional Video Project to Highlight the SUGOI of the Mountain Village Town of Taka in Hyogo Prefecture.


11.15.2016 - 12.18.2016



Rediscover the potential of outlying communities
Calling on creators to participate in a mid-winter film camp

At the TAKA Winter Video Camp taking place in Hyogo Prefecture’s town of Taka, we are looking for creative people to stay in town for the camp and produce a promotional movie spreading the word on the “SUGOI,” or “amazing,” of the local community — from personable good ‘ole Kansai women brimming with life, to the handiwork of local craftspeople.

The mid-winter movie camp will set participants up with toasty local cuisine, hot springs, and a vast starry sky at night. Come on down to Taka, the getaway destination of Hyogo, and discover the powerful way of life of its towns people.



Take is a mountain village of 22,000 people located in central Hyogo Prefecture.

At first glance it may look like a run-of-the-mill Japanese countryside town, but a whole variety of interesting and passionate people here are go-getters that create the jobs they want with their own hands.

Brimming with life and living on their own terms, the townspeople of Taka exude such a positive atmosphere that it will flip your idea of the so-called “countryside” on its head.









Rediscover the SUGOI of outlying communities through the Video Camp
We cordially invite up to five groups of creators to a camp lasting two days and one night in Taka from January 13th to January 15, 2017. Participants will take an informative tour of the town, meeting townspeople and being introduced to the local production scene. Camp participants will be provided a 60,000 yen stipend across the board for transportation and miscellaneous expenses.


The Promotional Movie Planning Competition
After the camp, participants will participate in a “local promotional movie” planning competition to convey the charms of Taka to a wide audience. One work will be selected through a review process as the Grand Prix winner.

3.Making the Video:

Produce the Grand Prix movie to make the town’s official promotional movie
The winners of the Grand Prix will produce the promotional movie for Taka on a budget of 300,000 yen. The completed movie will be released across a range of contexts promoting the town, such as on local television stations and the town’s official web site.


Nov. 15 Registration for entry opens
Dec. 18 Deadline for entry
End of December Results of initial review announced
Jan. 13 – 15, 2017 Camp
Early February Review by townspeople/Secondary review / Results of secondary review announced
Mid-February Begin movie production
Late March Completion and release of movie


Application Requirements

We are looking for film and animation creators to participate in the “Taka Winter Video Camp” (below, referred to as “Video Camp”).

Participants Will:

● Participants will stay in Taka for two nights and three days and experience local attractions firsthand, checking out the frontlines of Taka’s production and crafts scene and getting to know the townspeople.

● After the Video Camp is over, participants will join a planning competition for a promotional movie that will convey the charms of Taka to a wide audience. Camp participants will produce a project plan and storyboard, which they will submit to the project office by January 29th, 2017.

● The winners of the Grand Prix will produce a promotional film adhering to the award plan and submit the film to the project office by March, 2017.

The Project Will Assist With:

If selected to participate in the Video Camp as a result of the selection process, the project will assist with the following matters:

● The project will provide a 60,000 yen stipend to Video Camp participants for transportation, accommodation, and plan production expenses.

● Accommodations will be provided for up to two people for each applicant group.

● At the camp, the project will provide a tour for participants to get a firsthand sense of the local attractions by visiting the frontlines of the production and crafts scene that is a hallmark of Taka and engaging with the working people.

● Currently active professional creators will conduct hands-on workshops at the camp focusing on the know-how behind story production.

● The winners of the Grand Prix will receive 300,000 yen from the project for film production expenses.

● After completion of the promotional movie, the movie will be aired on local television stations as Taka’s official promotional video in addition to being shown in a wide range of events promoting the town.

Application Period

November 15th, 2016 (Tue.) — December 18th (Sun.) at 12:00 midnight

Application Requirements

● Applicants must reside in Japan and have a history of producing film or animation works. (open to citizens of all nationalities)

● Applicants must be able to participate in all parts of the Video Camp held on January 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2017.

How to Apply

Enter the following information on the TAKA Winter Video Camp special website (which can be found on the creator community website,

 1. Record of film works you have produced within the past three years
 You must add image captures of the film(s) and links where the film(s) can be accessed.

 2. Reason for Participating in the Camp

 3. Personal Profile Information


About the Review Process

Primary Review: Selection of Video Camp participants
The project office will select five participant teams for the Video Camp based on the past production record of the applicants and their reasons for applying to the camp.

Secondary Review: Grand Prix Decision
One Grand Prix work will be selected from among the Taka promotional movie plans crafted by the Video Camp participants. A review panel will assign up to ten points for each rubric criteria from A to F, and the final winner will be determined by discussion amongst the members of the review panel.


Review Panel Members

Kakijiro Tokutani

Burg-Hamburg-Burg Inc., Media Operations Director, Editor-In-Chief of local media, “Jimokoro”

kakijiroBorn 1982. A native of Osaka. Media Operations Director of Burg-Hamburg-Burg Inc. After taking the mysterious path from being a writer, editor, and web director, Mr. Tokutani now travels nationwide around Japan’s 47 prefectures as the Editor-In-Chief of doko demo jimoto media jimokoro (“Jimokoro, Local Media Everywhere”) He always likes to wonder if he can “take out five birds with one stone.” His hobbies include Japanese rap, coffee, and folklore.


Yoshinori Toda

Mayor of Taka

todaBorn December 27th, 1952 After serving at the Economic Research Institute (civilian) and as the Chief Public Secretary of the House of Representatives (special government official post), Mayor Toda established the “North Harima Management and Labor Center” in the neighboring city of Nishiwaki in Hyogo and was appointed chief representative. He provides business guidance to numerous private enterprises as a business consultant and has state-certified qualifications including Specialist in Social Insurance. During this time, Mr. Toda served as the Chairperson of the Nishiwaki Youth Council and the former Kami Town Council Chair. Beginning in January 2000, he became mayor of the former town of Kami, serving two terms (he ceded the office after five years and nine months as the result of a merger). On November 27th, 2005, he became the first mayor of Taka. He is currently in his third term.
(Current posts) Multiple posts including: Hyogo Town and Village Council Chairperson, Director of the Alliance for Promoting the Creation of National Forest and Environmental Tax, Prefectural Simple Waterworks Association Chairperson, and Prefectural National Health Insurance Federation Director

Yu Shigematsu

Loftwork Senior Creative Director

shigematsuAfter graduating from Nihon University’s Art Department, Mr. Shigematsu was an active filmmaker as he backpacked around. While producing works including music videos, he started working at a web production company as a creative director. He was primarily in charge of projects with the fashion industry, artists, and architects, as well as reporting and filming all across Japan. Mr. Shigematsu joined Loftwork in 2012. He currently leads projects centering around branding as Loftwork’s Senior Creative Director. He works hands-on with the creative direction of projects including the “Benesse Art Site, Naoshima” website, the brand website for Audio-Technica’s “Professional Monitor Headphones,” and the Android app, “WidgetHome.” In 2010, he released the CD & DVD, “New Dimension of The World (ETERNAL SOUNDS OF MUSIC)” with the musician Kenkou. In addition to his work with Loftwork, Mr. Shigematsu continues video jockeying and producing music videos.



Media Partner:


Planning & Operation:

Nihon Keizai Advertising Co. / Loftwork Inc.

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