Japan Foundation 16mm prints

Mark Mays tetsuwan at comcast.net
Wed Sep 3 03:21:09 EDT 2008

Has anyone had any experience programming a fest or retro in concert with
the Japan Foundation? The consulate just moved here to Nashville and this
seems like a great opportunity to put something together here.

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> From: owner-KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
> [mailto:owner-KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu] On Behalf Of Beat Frey
> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 5:30 PM
> To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
> Subject: Japan Foundation 16mm prints
> As many of you know, the Japan Foundation has a catalogue of films which
> shown by or in collaboration with Japanese consulates and embassies in
> countries. The list of french-subtitled movies alone contains some 170
> of which some are of average interest, but there are also very good ones
> them. This and the fact that admission is free makes up for the 16mm
> and the poor quality of certain older prints and subtitles, and at the
> screenings in Geneva and Lausanne, we have up to 300 people attending each
> However, we now face problems due to the 16mm format, because less and
> places are equipped with the respective projectors.
> Does anyone know if there are plans to transfer the catalogue (or part of
> to other formats, mainly DVD? Would this involve right issues with the
> production/distribution companies? Or are there plans to start a new
> alltogether which would serve the same purpose? Since these screenings are
> much appreciated in many places, it would surprise me that the Japanese
> government would renounce on such a marketing tool. On the other hand, the
> investments into the catalogue seem to have been minimal during the last
> decades.
> Thanks in advance for every feedback. And apologies in case this has
> been discussed on the list; I couldn't follow up on a regular basis these
> weeks.
> Beat
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