Japanese Film Festivals

Rob Schwartz gangamati at gmail.com
Tue Sep 21 14:47:21 EDT 2010


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it you are interested in film fests that are no longer active.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.

Rob Schwartz
Film critic

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
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