Saturday, 26 May 2018

TIFF, waiting for Asia’s largest film festival

Priangka Acharjee :

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has become the prestigious film festival in Asia. Not only Asia, TIFF has develop into a major festival among the film directors. TIFF looks forward to even a larger number of submissions from around the world. The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival will take place October 25-November 3, 2017 for 10 days in Tokyo, JAPAN. TIFF has already proud that their competition section has been showing many outstanding films created by up-and-coming directors as well as premieres of works by prestigious filmmakers from around the world. In 2016, TIFF honored to receive 1,502 films from 98 countries and regions. Sixteen excellent films were screened after pre-selection and The Bloom of Yesterday (Germany) directed by Chris Kraus won the Tokyo Grand Prix. However, submission films for 2017 TIFF have been closed in July 14th.

The Tokyo International Film Festival started in 1985. The event was held biennially from 1985 to 1991 and annually thereafter. Along with the Shanghai International Film Festival, it is one of Asia’s competitive film festivals, and the only Japanese festival accredited by the FIAPF. The awards handed out during the festival have changed throughout its existence, but the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, handed to the best film, has stayed as the top award. Other awards that have been given regularly include the Special Jury Award and awards for best actor, best actress and best director. In recent years, the festival’s main events have been held over one week in late October, at the Roppongi Hills development. Events include open-air screenings, voice-over screenings, and appearances by actors, as well as seminars and symposiums related to the film market.

The Tokyo International Film Festival will this year present a section on the work of animator Keiichi Hara. It will feature Hara’s major films, including “Summer Days with Coo,” “Colorful,” and “Miss Hokusai.” Both “Colorful” and “Miss Hokusai” won awards at the Annecy animation festival, where the Tokyo announcement was made. The Hara section will be part of the Tokyo festival’s animation focus, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation. The festival’s 30th edition unspools Oct 25-Nov 3.

Meanwhile, Tokyo International Film Festival is delighted to announce that it would co-host a workshop for young creators at “Kyoto Filmmakers Lab,” in collaboration with Kyoto Historica International Film Festival (KHIFF).  In keeping with TIFF core principle to “Foster creators for the next generation,” TIFF develops a project in partnership with KHIFF, which has experiences and a proven track record in hosting human resource development workshops for aspiring creators.


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