June 24, 2008

JVC Kicks Off World’s Largest International Personal Video Festival

WAYNE, N.J., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's largest international video festival kicks off today, as the JVC Tokyo Video Festival, TVF2009, begins accepting contest submissions from professional and amateur filmmakers worldwide.

In its 31st year, the JVC Tokyo Video Festival is the largest international personal video festival, open to filmmakers of all ages and skill sets. Last year, a record 2,010 entrants participated in the festival, including 750 from Japan and 1,260 from 53 countries and regions worldwide. Approximately 50,000 video entries from 100 countries and regions have been submitted since the first festival in 1978.

One Video Grand Prize winner will receive 500,000 yen in prize money, a JVC Everio hard disk camcorder and a round-trip to Japan for the award ceremony (one person). One JVC Grand Prize winner will also receive an Everio camcorder, round-trip to Japan and 400,000 yen in prize money. Approximately 30 Excellence Award entrants will receive 100,000 yen, a plaque and a certificate. Seventy additional Selected Works will receive a plaque and certificate.

"The Tokyo Video Festival is a great opportunity for both professional and amateur filmmakers to showcase their talents on an international stage," said Karl Bearnarth, senior vice president, marketing, JVC Company of America. "JVC is proud to hold this annual festival as a way of promoting exchange between the cultures of the world through video."

Entries will be evaluated by the TVF2009 Judging Committee, which includes film director Nobuhiko Obayashi, novelist Makoto Shiina and animation film director Isao Takahata. The 100 selected winning entries will be announced in January 2009. The Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held outside of Tokyo at the Landmark Hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, September 30, 2008. For further details, please visit the JVC Tokyo Video Festival web site at http://www.jvc.co.jp/english/tvf/.

   TVF 2009 Application Guideline   1.  Entry Date and Deadline:       From June 20, 2008 to September 30, 2008    2.  Entry Requirements:       Video compositions must be produced with a video camcorder, and       supplied on mini DV, VHS, S-VHS, DVD-R or Blu-ray, and be no longer       than 20 minutes.    3.  Themes & Subjects:       Any subject matter is acceptable.    4.  Judges:       Nobuhiko           Film Director       Obayashi       Hakudo             Video Artist and Professor at Seian       Kobayashi          University of Art and Design       Hiroaki Sato       Video Artist and a teacher at Nippon                          Engineering College       Makoto Shiina      Novelist       Isao Takahata      Animation Film Director       Susumu Hani        Film Director    5.  Awards & Prizes:       Video Grand Prize (1 work)          500,000 yen (Including prize                                           money for the Excellence                                           Awards), JVC Everio hard disk                                           camcorder, trophy,                                           certificate, a round-trip to                                           Japan for award ceremony (1                                           person).        JVC Grand Prize (1 work)            400,000 yen (Including prize       (Semi-Grand Prize)                  money for the Excellence                                           Awards), JVC Everio hard disk                                           camcorder, trophy,                                           certificate, a round-trip to                                           Japan for award ceremony (1                                           person)        Excellence Awards(Approx. 30        100,000 yen, plaque, and       works)                              certificate        Selected works                      Plaque and certificate       (Approx. 70 works)       *Winners of the Video Grand Prize and the JVC Grand Prize will be       selected from the Excellence Awards winners.     People's Awards (3 works)            Plaque    *Excellence Award and Selected work winners (approx. 100 works)    automatically become candidates for the "People's Awards" determined by    votes from the general public at our Japanese web site.    Awards Ceremony and Screening events:   Saturday, February 28, 2009 to Sunday March 1, 2009   Landmark Hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture    Submitting Entries:  U.S. entries can be sent to:    Tokyo Video Festival   JVC Company of America   1700 Valley Rd.   Wayne, NJ 07470    Or to    TVF Office, Victor Company of Japan, Limited   Victor Building 3F, 1-7-1 Shimbashi, Minato-ku,   Tokyo 105-0004, Japan   Tel: 81-(0) 3-3289-2815   Fax: 81-(0) 3-3289-2819    About JVC Company of America  

JVC Company of America, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd., and a holding company for JVC companies located in North and South America. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, DVD players and recorders, home and portable audio equipment, mobile entertainment products and recording media. For further product information, visit JVC's Web site at http://www.jvc.com/ or call 800-526-5308.

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