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Tokyo International Film Festival 2011

September 22, 2011

Tokyo's biggest and and best film festival goes green

  • Text by Ayumi Seki

Tokyo International Film Festival, as known as TIFF, is a young international film festival compared to other movie festivals such as Berlin or Vienna. TIFF is 24-years-old and as any young man struggles, TIFF also wasn’t sure what kind of film festival it wanted to be. Originally held to promote big budget movies open over the New Year period, TIFF recently decided to be Tokyo's best “eco friendly film festival” with a green carpet and TOYOTA Prius for the stars’ arrival...

The acclaimed actor Koji Yakusho (“Babel”) and director Shuichi Okita have announced that their new comedy “The Woodsman and the Rain (Kitsusuki to Ame)” starring Yakusho and Shun Oguri, is one of the films aiming to snatch Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix this year. 975 ambitious, stimulating films from 76 countries were pitched to the TIFF office to get into the competition Program. The final 15 movies were selected including five world premieres and seven Asian premieres. This year, TIFF will open with “The Three Musketeers” and Brad Pitts’s “Money Ball” will close the nine day long festival.

As with many other events held in Japan, TIFF also pondered whether they should have a festival after the massive earthquake in Tohoku. TIFF chairman Tom Yoda told us that they are still struggling to select judges, however, they decided to carry on and hold the biggest film festival in Japan, and we are more than happy to welcome young and talented filmmakers from all over the world. to Japan.

Tokyo International Film Festival 2011 opens on October 22 at various venus - check their site for full info

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