Entry requirements

Contest entries close

October 20, 2017 (Fri) at noon (Japan Standard Time)
This FY2017 Research Project for Promoting the Basic Policy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games was commissioned by the Cabinet Secretariat Headquarters of Japan for the Promotion of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Contest overview

What are you striving towards these days? Is it music, dance, sports, art, a traditional cultural pursuit? We're looking for videos about activities that you're getting excited about as we get closer to 2020. Are you passionate about a hobby or club activity? Want to support your local festivals or keep traditional techniques alive? Or maybe you're a creative type who wants to popularize art or film. No matter what your topic, you're welcome to participate! Create a movie that explains how you feel about your dreams—the message you want to get out to the world. We're looking forward to getting passionate entries from around Japan and around the world!


Judged categories

Performance category

Submit a video featuring whatever you're wrapped up in with your sights set on 2020. It could be music, dance, a club activity, something in your local community, a hobby—whatever!
Sample entries
Genres not listed below are also welcome.
  • Dance : Cheerleading, breakdancing, street dancing, contemporary dance, hula dancing, classical ballet, etc.
  • Traditional culture : Oendan squads, festivals, traditional crafts, classical Japanese dance, Japanese folk dancing, taiko drums, shakuhachi, shamisen, etc.
  • Modern culture : Live painting, calligraphy performances, sand art, etc.
  • Music : Brass bands, easy listening, jazz bands, hand bells, piano, orchestra, song (solo or choir), etc.
  • Other : Rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, skits, puppet shows, stand-up/sketch comedy, baton twirling, handmade crafts, makeup, electrical crafts, cooking, etc.

Creative video category

Communicate the message you want to send in preparation for 2020 on film. Create a funny animated skin, a heart-wrenching documentary, an amazing flip-book comic—wherever your creative fancy takes you.
Sample entries
Genres not listed below are also welcome.
Animation, documentary, drama, flip book manga, 3D computer graphics, etc.

Special categories

Quick message category

Are you going after a goal or taking up a challenge for 2020? This is your chance to tell the whole world! Film it anywhere you like—the place where you're doing your everyday activities, a favorite local spot, a place you want everyone to know about--it's completely up to you. We're also planning on having film crews frequent event venues, including the Niconico Chokaigi National Tour 2017!

(The quick message category will not be judged)

Note: You can also feel free to use the music in the sample video in your own creations. Just download it from the link below and use however you want!

Hurray! Hurray! 2020 theme song: Speedy

(Performer: The BeatUS, Composer: Hiroyuki Nariai)

Note: Submissions will be reviewed by the Hurray! Hurray! 2020 Video Contest Office before being published on the special contest site. If the office determines that a video is clearly in the wrong category, it will be reclassified.

Video submission method

【If you have a YouTube or niconico account】

  • Upload your video into your own YouTube or niconico account. Then, fill out the required fields on the video submission form on our special contest site and provide the URL of your video to submit it.
  • If you are submitting a video uploaded on niconico, please include the tags [Hurray!Hurray!2020VideoContest] and [name of category]

【If you do not have an account】

  • Use the entry form on our special contest site to directly upload your video. Once it is reviewed by the Video Contest Office, we will add it to our official YouTube or niconico channel.
  • Our video accounts are for Hurray! Hurray! 2020. They are not personal accounts.
    Videos posted on the public account will feature the name (nickname) submitted in the entry form.

【For all entries】

  • Videos must be between 10 seconds and 10 minutes. Smartphone videos are accepted. Maximum file size is 1 GB. Please upload entries into a YouTube or niconico compatible format. See the links below for recommended formats.
    【Supported YouTube formats】
    【Supported niconico formats】
  • Contest participants can be any age, gender, or nationality. Pros and amateurs are both welcome. You don't even have to live in Japan! If you are sending us a film from overseas, please include your message for Japan as we gear up for 2020. Minors must get parental permission.
  • You may submit multiple entries. However, only one video can be submitted per entry form. If you would like to upload multiple videos, you must return to the main page each time and re-enter your information. Only one prize will be awarded per individual or group.
  • Entries submitted to the special contest site will be published by the Video Contest Office as they are received. Note that we will not be publishing videos on weekends or holidays.
  • Note that all emblems, logos, terms, names, and other intellectual property associated with the Olympic and Paralympic Games is protected by trademark laws, unfair competition laws, copyright laws, and other legislation in Japan.
    Submitted videos may not make use of the following intellectual property rights or any Olympic/Paralympic images. For more information, click the link below.
    (Official website of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games)
    (Brand protection for Games-related intellectual property)

Selection process and showing

  • The judges will pick one video to receive a gold, silver, and bronze award from both the performance and creative video categories. Videos will also be selected for special mention.
  • Winners will be announced on this website in early December.
  • The winner individuals and/or groups will be presented with their awards and have their contest submissions shown at a theater in Tokyo on Friday, December 15, starting at 7 PM. The judges are also scheduled to attend the showing.
  • A compilation of the quick messages we receive from everyone will also be shown at the event, so don't miss out on the fun!
    • Note: Individual entrants may participate with a guest. Children younger than high school age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult at least 20 years of age.
    • Groups of more than ten may be asked to limit number of participants.
  • Only contest winners will be contacted by the Video Contest Office. Please understand that we cannot respond to inquiries about the selection process or the contest results.


  • Shingo Fujimori of Oriental Radio(comedian)

    Shingo Fujimori
    of Oriental Radio


    Shingo Fujimori was born in Nagano Prefecture in 1983. He is popularly known for his chara-otokoplayboy character as part of the comedy duo Oriental Radio. He is also a member of the dance and vocal group Radio Fish. Fujimori also made headlines for his collaborative work with Daichi Miura at AsiaProgress 2017 and his appearance at the 2016 NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen [Year-end Song Festival].

  • GIMICO(prosthetic leg model)


    (prosthetic leg model)

    Gimico was born in Gunma Prefecture. She got her first break when modeling a prosthetic leg designed by Mika Ninagawa for a collaborative medical and art exhibit at the Mori Art Museum. Since then, her edgy look has secured her a place in numerous other works. She is also well-known abroad, her story given in-depth coverage on a popular French TV program, for example. Gimico made an appearance at the flag handover ceremony during the closing ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

  • Shinichiro Inoue(Representative Director of Kadokawa Corporation)

    Shinichiro Inoue

    (Representative Director of Kadokawa Corporation)

    Shinichiro Inoue was born in Tokyo in 1959. He worked in various capacities, including as founding editor-in-chief for the Monthly Shonen Ace manga magazine, before taking charge of Kadokawa's entire content business, from printed materials to film. His recent productions include Sadako vs. Kayako (2016), Satoshi no Seishun [Satoshi: A Movie for Tomorrow] (2016), and Namiya Zakkaten no Kiseki [Miracles of the Namiya General Store] (scheduled for release on September 23).

Organizer/contact information

"Hurray! Hurray! 2020" Video Contest Office
Note: We cannot accept inquiries by phone.
We can only respond to inquiries written in English or Japanese.