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Tokyo International Film Festival

What’s It All About?

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

Since it was launched in 1985, TIFF has grown to become one of the biggest film festivals in Asia. It seeks out excellent films from around the world and brings them to Tokyo, where filmmakers and fans can enjoy them, meet young filmmakers and be inspired.

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.

Celebrated Chinese filmmaker, Chen Kaige, will serve as Jury President for the International Competition.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film: Captain Phillips

The film features two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US container ship Maersk Alabama. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass.

Special Screenings

• The Bling Ring

• The Sessions

• Jinx

• Beyond The Memories

World Focus Section

Norte, The End of History

The renewal World Focus section will screen Norte, The End of History directed by the Filipino director Lav Diaz, which is co-presented by the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.


The Tokyo International Film Festival’s market, TIFFCOM, has unveiled its 2013 line-up for the CoPro Connection project market, to be presented in cooperation with Korea and France. It will have 20 international co-production projects searching for partners and funding. It will run from October 22-24 in Odaiba, on Tokyo Bay.

Projects include Hanalei Bay, a short story by Haruki Murakami, directed by Motoki Ishida and produced by Jason Lau.

The Sessions, Ben Lewin’s 2012 Sundance breakout film about a polio sufferer who wants to lose his virginity before he dies, will be presented in a special screening at the festival. Starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Oscars for the role, The film is a semi-autobiographical story about the life of Mark O’Brien, a journalist with polio who hired a sex surrogate.

Closing Film: The Kiyosu Conference

This film is director Mitani’s long-awaited sixth feature film based on the novel of the same name penned by the director himself. In contrast to Mitani’s original modern-day storylines, his latest undertaking is a historical epic. It features Koji Yakusho and Yo Oizumi in the lead.

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