◎Application Requirements:


Section (1) Movies promoting the spread of SDGs: Within 60 seconds

Movies that look at SDGs as a whole, or one of the six goals that the 1st awards focus on to promote understanding for the SDGs by portraying specific figures (statistics) and the meanings, issues and matters that need to be resolved regarding those goals.


Section (2) Movies of local activities: Within 3 minutes

Movies that look at one of the six goals that the 1st Creative Awards focus on, regarding domestic or overseas SDGs within regions or spanning different countries. They must portray the initiatives being implemented, and the people involved in resolving the issues, to promote understanding for the SDGs through specific examples of actions taken.



SDGs Creative Award Gold Prize
SDGs Promoting Movie Grand Prix
SDGs Local Action Movie Grand Prix
Daiwa Securities Prize, ANA Prize , Hokkaido Governor Prize, Sapporo City Mayor Prize, JICA Special prize


◎Application requirements:

– The objectives of the movie must be to deepen the viewers’ understanding for the SDGs, promote understanding for the underlying reasons, and rouse interest.

– The movie must be tied to one of the six goals that the 1st Creative Awards focus on.

– Movies submitted in Section (1) must show overseas or domestic figures (statistics) to promote maximum understanding for the social issues. The source of the figures must also be clarified.

– All types of images, from infographics to animation, or actual footage may be used in the movies.


◎Targeted goals:

– Every year, the Creative Awards will narrow down the goals that are to be focused on. The 1st Creative Awards will accept submissions with a focus on the following six goals.

*If you wish to focus on the SDGs themselves, or the SDGs in their entirety, all 17 icons may be used.

*To show the connections between the goals, multiple icons from all six goals may be used (but one main goal must be chosen from where the movie begins and concludes).


– These awards will cover all 17 goals over a three-year period.



Domestic and overseas movie creators and people involved in SDGs initiatives

* Individuals, teams, groups, professionals, and amateurs of any age, sex, profession and nationality


◎Application period:

Saturday, September 1 through Friday, January 10 *Japan time


◎Award ceremony:

Planned for March 9 , 2019  (Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan)


◎Screening schedule

August: Begin advertising for submissions

September 1: Begin accepting submissions from general public

January 10: Deadline for submissions

Early February : Screening

Mid- February : Winners notified

March 9: Award ceremony

After April : Movies made available to public

*The winners will be chosen after careful screening



      • 蟹江憲史
        Norichika Kanie (Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)
      • 国谷裕子
        Hiroko Kuniya (Caster / Guest Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)
      • Kyoko Kendatsu (Executive Producer /NHK Enterprises, Inc. )
      • 菱川勢一
        Seiichi Hishikawa (Video creator , photographer / Professor, Musashino Art University)


      ◎Judgment criteria:

      • Social impact

      Movies that can be expected to enhance understanding and sympathy for the SDGs of a variety of people, or for individual goals of SDG17, and encourage the taking of positive action.

      • Good ideas

      Movies that demonstrate good ideas and techniques in the way they are presented, being easy to understand and straightforward in a fun way in showing the meanings behind the SDGs or the connections between the individual goals of SDG17.

      • Local actions & good practices

      Movies that show specific initiatives that are already being implemented in a straightforward manner towards resolving global and regional issues, and will lead to greater understanding for the SDGs and SDG17.


      ◎How to apply:

      – What to submit: The URL of the YouTube link where the movie has been uploaded, an outline of the movie of around 300 characters in Japanese (500 words in English), references for the statistics, and a profile of the applicant.

      – Where to submit applications: Submit applications via the website dedicated to the awards. Website: https:www.sdgs.world

      – Deadline for applications: January 10, 2019 *Japan time

      *Applicants must upload their movies onto YouTube accounts, set them to “Strict restricted YouTube access,” then attach the hyperlinks to these addresses to their applications.

      *Storage devices, DVDs, and other media submitted via postal or courier services will not be accepted.

      *As a general rule, the changing of data after submission will not be permitted.


      ◎Number of movies:

      Up to three movies may be submitted per section per individual or group.

      ◎Submission fee:


      *The cost of producing movies and submitting applications shall be paid for by the applicant.


      ◎About submissions:

      – Rights pertaining to the copyright, right of first publication, etc., shall be transferred to the SDGs Creative Award Executive Committee upon submission of the movie.

      – Applicants are asked to accept that all submitted movies will be made available for use by the general public for the purpose of education in promoting the SDGs regardless of whether they have won awards or not. Please also note that under these circumstances, the movies shall be provided for free.

      – The sponsor, and companies and organisations with permits from the sponsor may use the submitted movies free of charge and without the applicants’ approval to promote the SDGs through broadcasting, at events, for PR purposes, etc., as well as for secondary uses for purposes other than to make profits (duplication, editing, and screening).

      – In the event of screening or publicising the movies, the names of the movie creators shall be shown within the movie in accordance with stipulated regulations.


      ◎Points to take not of:

      When quoting statistics or figures in explaining the status of social issues, be sure to use the latest figures publicised by public institutions whenever possible (*When quoting figures taken from personal blogs, news articles, Wikipedia, etc., on the Internet, make sure that they have been taken from materials and sources based on reliable investigations. If the figures cannot be verified, the movie itself may be rejected during the screening process).

      *Please note that movies that exceed the designated time limit will be rejected during the screening process.

      *Make sure that only movie footage, music, sounds, materials, etc., for which there is no need to obtain intellectual property rights, or those for which the necessary permits have already been obtained are used in the submitted movies.

      *Movies that have already been submitted to other contests or won awards, or works deemed to be similar to such movies may not be submitted. However, this does not apply to movies that have already been produced or publicised that are re-edited in accordance with the SGDs themes (*this rule may be reviewed in future contests).

      *Award-winners may be asked to make subtle adjustments to their movies at a later date in preparation for making them available to the general public (adjustments that do not change the intentions of the movie, when e.g., mistakes are found).

      *Personal information disclosed at the time of applying shall not be used for any purpose other than that intended for in running this contest.



      SDGs Creative Executive Committee Secretariat

      (Within TREE Inc.) 2F Branche Kamakura, 13-37 Onari Town, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0012

      Address: info@sdgs.world