Free Japanese anime storyboard template for 16:9 films

Overview of the template

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This is a free anime storyboard template in PDF format on DIN A4 vertical (portrait) page, designed for print. This template comes in two PDF with 5 frames per sheet each in 16:9 (1:77:1) aspect ratio. The layout is inspired by the beautiful storyboards from Studio Ghibli.


  • The first column, カット indicates cuts. Use it to number your shots.
  • The second and main column is 画面 which stands for the picture screen. That’s where you draw or place your storyboard shots.
  • 内容 stands for content, use this space for your notes (dialogue, action, etc.)
  • The last column, is for annotating the duration of your shots in seconds.

Print it out and start drawing on paper, that’s the way to do it!

You can find the (free) English version of this template here:

If you need an editable version of this template, you can find the Adobe InDesign version here:

or, if you prefer, the Apple Pages version here:

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