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20th Tokyo Film Festival

October 20 to 28, 2012
Tokyo, Japan

What’s It All About?

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) was established in the year 1985 and is one of Asia’s most competitive film festivals, and the only Japanese festival accredited by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations). It has handed many awards, some of which have changed over time. But the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, awarded to the best film, has stayed its top award. Other awards 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 relating to the film market

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away by highly acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron (Titanic and Avatar) and director Andrew Adamson (Shrek and The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe), has been selected as the opening film for the festival.

Producer Raymond Chow To Be Awarded

The TIFF Special Appreciation Award will be presented to Raymond Chow for his continuous support since TIFF’s inauguration. He was a jury member for the Young Cinema Competition at the 1st TIFF, and several of his magnificent films, including Enter The Dragon (1973), and Once Upon A Time In China (1991), have been shown at TIFF. In commemoration of this special award, a retrospective will be held on October 20 where some of Chow’s greatest hits will be shown, including The Cannonball Run (1980).

Closing Film

Trouble With The Curve has been selected as the official closing film. An ageing major-league scout who never cared about his family embarks on a scouting trip with his daughter. Starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Robert Lorenz, it’s a father-daughter re-bonding story.

Some of the other films screened at the festival include:


The Power Of Two

Chicken With Plums


Special Screenings

Under the Kaneto Shindo Memorial Screening, Jury Prize winning film Post Card will be screened.

Kaneto Shindo’s Post Card will be screened at a special pre-festival memorial event on September 29. Kaneto Shindo passed away on May 29 this year. He was 100 years old.

Post Card was screened for the 23rd TIFF Competition section and won the Special Jury Prize.

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