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Full-Scale Changes Unveiled for 34th Tokyo International Film Festival

Despite the continued challenges and uncertainties brought about by COVID-19, as announced earlier, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) plans to go ahead with a hybrid edition of the 34th edition of TIFF, to be held from October 30 through November 8, and preparations have begun. The 33rd TIFF was also held both physically and online under the threat of the pandemic and was able to remind audiences of the joys of watching films in the cinema. The festival is aiming for a further ...

Tokyo sets the dates for the 2021 festival and market

Dates Set for TIFF and TIFFCOM 2021 34th TIFF: Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, 2021 TIFFCOM 2021: Nov. 1 - 3, 2021 The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and TIFFCOM Marketplace for Film and TV in Asia have announced the dates for the 2021 festival and market. The 34th TIFF will be held for 10 days, from October 30 (Sat.) through November 8 (Mon.); while TIFFCOM will be held for 3 days from November 1 (Mon.) through 3 (Wed.). As they did in 2020, TIFF and TIFFCOM plan to hold hybrid editions, ...

33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Awards

Tokyo International Film Festival: Oct. 31 – Nov. 9, 2020  33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Ends After 10 Days of Physical Screenings and Special Online Events Closing Ceremony and Press Conference with Audience Award Winner The 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a close tonight, after 10 days of physical screenings and a range of online events, from master classes to talk salons to the new “Asia Lounge” Conversation Series. Due to internationa...

Successful seminar with TIFFCOM2020 special guest, Mr. Robert Early from Amazon Prime Video Japan

  On November 5th, day 2 of TIFFCOM, we are pleased to report all seminars and events finished successfully. Our 2nd day’s main seminar was presented by TIFFCOM2020 special guest, Mr. Robert Early from Amazon Prime Video Japan. This year is Amazon Japan’s 20th anniversary. Prime Video started in 2015 and it currently holds the largest market share in Japan. Amazon Japan provides 37 series (57 titles) of “Japan Originals” and considers further investment for origin...

VIDEO: Tokyo International Film Festival Launched Physical 33rd Edition

Red Carpet and Opening CeremonyWatch the Video     Video Adress from Robert de Niro, Christopher Nolan and Thierry Fremaux (Cannes)   The 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival physically kicked off its 10-day run under crisp autumn skies on October 31, with an indoor Red Carpet event prior to the Opening Ceremony. With international travel restrictions still in place, the predominantly Japan-based filmmakers and stars appeared on a grand carpeted stai...

The 14th Asian Film Awards Winners Announced

Ryo KASE wins Best Supporting Actor, HIKARI wins Best New Director, Yoshifumi KUREISHI wins Best Sound at the 14th Asian Film Awards  The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) announced the winners of the 14th Asian Film Awards (AFA14) today. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the awards presentation was broadcast online on the AFAA and Busan International Film Festival's official websites and YouTube Channels. The awards are organized by the Tokyo, Busan and Hong Kong International ...

Lineup Announcement of Online Seminar at Tokyo International Film Festival

TIFFCOM 2020 【Topics】 Online Seminar: Lineup Announcement – A fulfilling 20 programs Online Business Matching: “Search Participants” is available 17th TIFFCOM and will be held solely online from November 4th to 6th 2020. One of the ONLINE BUSINESS MATCHING functions, the Exhibitor Details (with search functions) is already available from October 6th and SEARCH PARTICIPANTS is available since October 14th.Both exhibitors and buyers are now moving in high gear tow...

33rd TIFF - Tokyo International Film Festival to Open with Underdog and Close with Hokusai

  The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce this year’s Opening and Closing Films. Underdog, directed by Masaharu Take, will open the festival on October 31, and Hokusai, directed by Hajime Hashimoto and starring Yuya Yagira and Min Tanaka, will close the festival on November 9. Underdog stars Mirai Moriyama, Takumi Kitamura and Ryo Katsuji, and is Take’s first boxing-themed film in six years, since 100 Yen Love (2014). It depicts the lives of thr...

TIFF Unveils Outline for the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival

Tokyo International Film Festival       As previously announced, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is planning to go ahead with a physical edition of the 33rd TIFF, from October 31 through November 9, 2020.   Wi...

33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Youth Section : Special Filmmaking Workshop to Go Forward Online

TIFF 2020: Teens Meet Cinema: The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is proud to collaborate for the 4th year with Children Meet Cinema, which runs youth filmmaking workshops, on TIFF 2020: Teens Meet Cinema, a production workshop for junior high school students, a special project of the festival’s Youth Section. This strengthens one element of TIFF’s vision, Enlightening, which aims to foster a future for film and to cultivate young talent. This year’s lead mentor w...

Submissions Open for the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival

    The COVID pandemic has forced people around the world into one of the most stressful, challenging periods in history. The film industry is no exception: production has been mostly halted, movie theaters have been closed, new film releases continue to be postponed, many film festivals have been postponed or canceled, and the oppressive uncertainty of the situation is disheartening. We at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) have grappled with the decision to begin acc...

Tokyo International Film Festival has joined major film festivals to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival

  Major Film Festivals Across the World Join with YouTube to Announce We Are One: A Global Film Festival  Starting May 29   The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature programming from 20 festivals including Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and many more, enabling audiences to experience films from around the world Festival to benefit World Health Organization Covid-19 So...

32nd TIFF Lifetime Achievement Awards to Go to Tatsuya Nakadai and Nobuhiko Obayashi

  The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that two cinema legends, actor Tatsuya Nakadai and director Nobuhiko Obayashi, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 32nd TIFF for their significant contributions to the film industry. Nakadai is known around the world for his roles in films directed by Akira Kurosawa, and has appeared in the films of many of Japan’s leading directors. He has ...

Internationally Acclaimed Director Yoji Yamada Discusses His Landmark New Film Tora-san, Wish You Were Here

A press conference featuring the internationally acclaimed director Yoji YAMADA and his latest film, Tora-san, Wish You Were Here, was held at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) on October 3. ©2019 TIFF   Takeo HISAMATSU, Festival Director of the 32nd TIFF, discussed this year’s TIFF highlights, while Japan Now Programming Advisor Kohei ANDO discussed the Japan Now Section. Dur...

32nd Tokyo International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Awards to go to Tatsuya Nakadai and Nobuhiko Obayashi

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that two cinema legends, actor Tatsuya Nakadai and director Nobuhiko Obayashi, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 32nd TIFF for their significant contributions to the film industry. Nakadai is known around the world for his roles in films directed by Akira Kurosawa, and has appeared in the films of many of Japan's leading directors. He has received numerous awards at film festivals in Japan and ov...

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announces this year’s Gala Screening film as well as The Irishman as Closing Film.

TIFF will hold a Gala Screening event on October 31, presenting the Japanese film Talking the Pictures, directed by Masayuki Suo, who produced many masterpieces including Shall We Dance? and I Just Didn’t Do It which he gained worldwide attention. This entertainment film combined with the elements of action, love and comedy will be the highlight of the festival. The Irishman will close the festival on November 5, which is a legendary director Martin Scorsese's first ever Ne...

Full Lineup Unveiled for 32nd Tokyo Festival

  The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) todayunveiled the lineups in all sections, as well as announcing the jury members and highlights of this year’s 32nd edition. At a press conference at Roppongi Academyhills Tower Hall in Tokyo, Festival Chairman Hiroyasu ANDO and Festival Director Takeo HISAMATSU delivered opening remarks and discussed the festival’s focus on Japan. Festival Muse Alice Hirose appeared on video, and wished audiences a “fateful encounter...

Hiroyasu Ando to Become Inaugural Chairman of the Tokyo International Film Festival

  Unijapan appointed Hiroyasu ANDO, the President of the Japan Foundation, as the inaugural Chairman of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), at a board meeting on July 29. TIFF is organized under the Tokyo International Film Festival Executive Committee, and the Chairman will oversee the TIFF as the chief executive. Takeo HISAMATSU Festival Director will continue to serve as TIFF Festiv...

Asian premiere of Ralph Fiennes new film, The White Crow

©2018 TIFF   While continuing to rack up an enviable record of critically lauded performances in commercially successful films, from Schindler’s List to Harry Potter, Ralph Fiennes has twice before taken time out to direct his own films, Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman. That he would decide next to mount a gorgeous, sweeping quasi-biopic of legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was not exactly predictable.   But as he told the pres...

Breaking Down Barriers in Amateur Filmmaking [TIFF 2018: Teens Meet Cinema: Q&A]

  ©2018 TIFF   “I don’t believe there are ‘amateur’ filmmakers and ‘professional’ filmmakers. There are just people that want to make movies.”   It was with that sentiment that director Akiko Ooku summed up the hard work of the students who took part in the 31st TIFF’s filmmaking workshop Teens Meet Cinema. The workshop, which is in its second year, pairs up veteran filmmakers with middle-sch...

Competition Jury Press Conference: Finding Magic in First Impressions

©2018 TIFF   The five members of the 31st TnIFF Iternational Competition Jury sat down with the press on October 26, the morning after they had first appeared together at the Opening Ceremony.   Presided over by acclaimed director Brillante Ma Mendoza of the Philippines (The Masseur, Kinatay, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections), the panel includes Hollywood producer Bryan Burk (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Iranian actress Tarane...

Tokyo Sun and Stars Shine as 31st TIFF Kicks Off

Ⓒ2018 TIFF       The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off its 10-day run under clear autumn skies on October 25, with hundreds of fans turning out to greet filmmakers and stars as they arrived for the TIFF Ope...

Report on Press Conference on Asian Three-Fold Mirror Project

A press conference highlighting the Asian Three-Fold Mirror, a collaborative project jointly organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), featured acclaimed filmmakers Isao Yukisada and Daishi Matsunaga at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) on October 3. Takeo Hisamatsu, Festival Director of the 31st TIFF, discussed this year’s TIFF highlights and the significance of the Asian Three-Fold Mirror, while Japan Now Progr...

Full Lineup Unveiled for 31st Tokyo International Film Festival

At a press conference at Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo, Festival Director Takeo HISAMATSU delivered opening remarks and emphasized the festival’s vision for the future. Mayu MATSUOKA, one of Japan’s most popular actresses, discussed her role as the 31st TIFF Ambassador. The Opening, Gala screening and Closing films were showcased. TIFF’s programming directors then took the stage to introduce the lineup for each section of the festival. Click here for details   31st T...

Tokyo Fest will close with GODZILLA: The Planet Eater (2018/Japan)

     Director: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita      Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa      Release Date (Japan): November 9, 2018      Distribution (Japan): Toho Visual Entertainment The final chapter of the landmark animated “Godzilla” trilogy,  GODZILLA:The Planet Eater pits King of Destruction, Godzilla, against God of the Void, Ghidorah, with man’s destiny hanging in ...

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