Experiencing a vision goes beyond seeing, it implies an idea, a concept, an image of the future. A vision can be the first step to make this future happen. Our section NIPPON VISIONS shows ideas of what the future might look like for Japanese cinema. It offers an open space for aesthetic experiments, political positions and innovative developments that welcomes all kinds of formats – feature length films, short film programmes, critical documentary works, daring experimental cinema or tv-formats like series. Films from independent young talents, established directors, renowned film schools and universities find their way into the programme. They are accompanied by selected works from the past that have rarely been presented on screen. In this context, PIA Film Festival will showcase a selection of groundbreaking classical short works. Further collaborators include the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Short Shorts Festival, both located in Frankfurt's twin city Yokohama. For the fourth time, an international jury selects the most promising film of the section as the winner of our NIPPON VISIONS AWARD and grants the director a free subtitling for his next film.