Competition features include Heartlines, directed by Angus Gibson (Mandela), Children Of The Moon, Climates, Without You, Steen Rasmussen's Skymaster - A Flying Family Fairytale, Maria's Navel, Skies Above The Landscape, Tangier, Paper Dolls, German-set Chinese title My Own Private Deutschland, Antonio Manetti's Plan 17 and Filipino thriller Blackout. The winning film will receive a cash prize of $82,000 (Y10m), sponsored by Sony.
Kiyoshi Sasabe's Yunagi City, Sakura Country premieres as opening film. Other categories include digital shorts and films by children.
The jury will be headed by Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung (An Autumn's Tale) and includes American screenwriter Coleman Hough (Steven Soderbergh's Bubble) and Japanese producer Akira Morishige (Vibrator).
Established in 2004, Skip City focuses exclusively on digital cinema. Previous grand prize-winners include Danish film Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself (2004), Miranda July's Me And You And Everyone We Know and Sundance audience award winner Brothers (both 2005), and last year's Lease Wife, directed by Lu Xuechang.
Skip City runs from July 14 to 22 in Saitama Prefecture's Kawaguchi City, neighbouring Tokyo.