Kinema Club VIII Call For Papers

Alex Zahlten Alex.Zahlten
Fri Jul 21 10:24:13 EDT 2006

Hello Kinejapaners,
please see the attached file for full information-

Calling for papers for...

Kinema Club VIII
At Nippon Connection
April 19-22, 2007

Keynote Speech: Yomota Inuhiko, Meiji Gakuin University

Organized by Nippon Connection and Ab? Mark Nornes
In cooperation with the department of film and theater studies of the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt

Deadline for Proposals: October 1, 2006
Dates: April 19-22, 2007
Location: Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Registration Fee: Professors = ?35, Students & Hijokin = ?30

The eighth edition of the Kinema Club conference for the study of film and moving images from Japan will be held in conjunction with the Nippon Connection Japanese film festival in Frankfurt, Germany, from April 19 ? 22, 2007. Nippon Connection is swiftly becoming one of the premiere sites for seeing the latest Japanese works in every genre and media, so it is the perfect place to hold the first Kinema Club in Europe. 

Kinema Club VIII will aim to create synergies between the festival (held April 18-22, 2007) and the conference. The keynote address will be given by Yomota Inuhiko, professor at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo. Presentations of papers will take place in the morning and noon, leaving afternoons and evenings free to visit festival screenings. The KC VIII presentations will be complimented by panel discussions related to films and trends visible in the immediate festival program. A large number of Japanese filmmakers are present at the festival (over 42 artists came in 2006); the conference will take this opportunity to engage directors in discussions of their work and working conditions. 

Due to Nippon Connection?s focus on the most recent media coming out of Japan, the conference encourages papers on contemporary developments within a broad variety of frameworks; however, any topic is welcome, as are pre-constituted panels. The highly inclusive character of the festival program provides the perfect departure point for formal and informal discussions of both specific films and also wider trends, questions of ?national? cinemas, and the nature of festival presentation itself. 

Registration fee for the conference will be 35 Euro regular, 30 Euro for students and hijokin. Discussions with directors are open to the public, but admission to screenings requires separate tickets. Kinema Club members may purchase a ten-screening ticket for the reduced price of 30 Euro. Conference language will be English, and virtually all films are screened with English subtitles. We will assist in finding the right kind of accommodation for conference attendees.

Deadline for abstracts is the 1st October. 
Please send proposals for presentations to KinemaClub at Papers and presenters will be announced by December 1st, 2006. Direct inquiries can be sent to KinemaClub at or to Alex Zahlten (alex at and Markus Nornes (amnornes at 

Notice: As the festival opens on April 18th, it is advisable to arrive early if you wish to participate in the opening ceremonies and watch films on opening night. A party for the artists from Japan and the Kinema Club attendees is planned for the 19th.	

Nippon Connection 

Nippon Connection is the largest event for Japanese film and image media outside of Japan. This will be its 7th edition. In 2006 Nippon Connection screened over 150 films, with 42 filmmakers from Japan present to introduce their work in 4 screening venues. The festival is complemented by workshops, performances, interviews with filmmakers and podium discussions. For an overview of the 2006 festival, see (English version online as well).  

Highlights from 2006

NIPPON CINEMA offered an overview of current Japanese cinema productions ranging from subtle drama to explosive fantasy spectacles. The Nippon Cinema Award for the best Japanese film, elected by the audience, is endowed with a 2,000 ? prize for the first time. The cash prize is possible courtesy of Bankhaus Metzler, and was awarded to University of Laughs (dir: Hoshi Mamoru). 

NIPPON DIGITAL presented animation, short, experimental and documentary films as well as digitally produced movies ranging from independent to big budget. The extensive video program aims for variety and surprising gems- most of these films cannot be seen easily even in Japan. 

NIPPON RETRO in cooperation with the cinema in the Deutsches Film Museum (German Film Museum), concentrated on the subversive genre cinema of the 60s and 70s. During this time, the socio-political conflicts shifts in Japan found their way into films, resulting in often drastic forms of expressions. Wakamatsu Koji presented two of his films (and one in the Nippon Cinema section) and appeared on a panel with Sato Hisayasu and Tajiri Yuji. 

Additionally various presentations and lectures took place in 2006, among them a speech by scriptwriter and Eiga Geijutsu editor Arai Haruhiko, interviews with directors Sato Hisayasu, Toyoda Toshiaki and producer Tomioka Kunihiko.

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