Japanese Film Festivals

M. Tachikawa (Shuhari) mayumi at shuhari-jp.com
Tue Sep 21 21:49:41 EDT 2010

Hi Matteo,

Most of film festivals in Japan started in the 1980's.
I am not sure which was the very first one, but the oldest existing one is
Yufuin Film Festival which started in 1976.

I think it is quite a work to write a paper, and I guess you already have a
but a couple of suggestions for you;

1) Categorizing film festivals by their origins may be interesting...some
are local government initiated, to help activate  local areas by film
some purely private company initiated to help recognize new talents (such as
film festival), etc.

2) BIrths of film festivals may have something to do with the shift of the
industry. Japan's film industry went through big changes since'70s (as was
the case with many other countries, I guess).

Good luck!


Mayumi Tachikawa
Kyoto/Tokyo, Japan

2010/9/22 Me <matteo.boscarol at gmail.com>

>  Thanks to all of you for your help!
> One more question: does anybody know which the oldest/the first Japanese
> Festival is/was?
> Thank you
> Matteo Boscarol
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 2010/09/22, at 4:59, Jasper Sharp <jasper_sharp at hotmail.com> wrote:
>  I was going to mention the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film
> Festival too.
> One other in Tokyo is the Earth Vision environmental film festival. I've
> not heard anything about this festival at all, beyond all the various
> newsletters I receive from them.
> Has anyone been to this at all?
> Jasper Sharp: Writer & Film Curator Homepage
> http://jaspersharp.com/
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> ------------------------------
> Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 03:47:21 +0900
> From: gangamati at gmail.com
> To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
> Subject: Re: Japanese Film Festivals
> Matteo-
> As you noted you are writing about fests from the 70s to the present I take
> it you are interested in film fests that are no longer active.
> Two fascinating ones in the 90s were the Sundance Film Festival in Tokyo,
> which offered both content from Sundance in Utah and Japanese work. It also
> had a prize to send a Japanese filmmaker to study in the US and was a breath
> of fresh air at the time.
> Another 90s in Tokyo fest was the International Students' Film Festival
> which brought high-level student film from all over the world to Tokyo and
> offered prizes. Again, it was an exciting for emerging filmmakers,
> Also, no one has mentioned the influential Image Forum Film Festival, which
> is more than 20 years old, and the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film
> Festival, which has an interesting history.
> Best,
> Rob Schwartz
> Film critic
> Tokyo
> On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 3:26 AM, Aaron Gerow <aaron.gerow at yale.edu> wrote:
> I don't think we should forget some of the other local film festivals that,
> while not having an international profile, were important as meeting grounds
> for filmmakers at home, festivals like Yufuin and Takasaki.
> Aaron Gerow
> KineJapan owner
> Assistant Professor
> Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
> Yale University
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