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Tokyo International Film Festival

UNIJAPAN / Tokyo International Film Festival
15F Togeki Bldg.
4-1-1, Tsukigi, Chuo-Ku
104-0045 Tokyo
phone +81-3-6226-3011
fax +81-3-6226-3023
email: info@tiff-jp.net

Director General
Mr. Takeo Hisamatsu

Programming Director
Mr. Yoshi Yatabe

Year of Foundation 1985

Event Date from 31 October 2020 till 09 November 2020

Event Date

in Tokyo, Japan

International Competition

Sections International Competition, Asian Future, Special Screenings, Japanese Eyes, World Focus

Terms of Entry Films must have been completed after 1 January 2019; no previous participation in international competition festivals, feature length films (incl. animation) minimun of 60 min., no previous commercial exploitation in Japan; no documentary films, no short films, must have its Asian premiere at TIFF (world and international premieres are given priority)

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Registration Deadline July 12, 2019 (Early Bird Deadline: May 31, 2019)

Fees 2019 April 21 to May 31: free; 2019 June 1 to July 12: ¥ 3.000 (JPY)

Attendance Figures 201,790

Participants of the Film Industry primarily representatives of Asian production and distribution companies

Prizes/Awards Grand Prix ($30,000); Special Jury Prize ($5,000); Best Director ($3,000), Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role ($3,000 each), Best Artistic Contribution ($3,000), Audience Award ($10,000)

German Films



ONLY THE ANIMALS by Dominik Moll (FR/DE, Razor Film Produktion)

TEZUKA’S BARBARA by Macoto Tezka (JP/GB/DE, Rapid Eye Movies)

STAR CHANNEL Movie Selection

FIDDLESTICKS (QUATSCH UND DIE NASENBÄRBANDE) by Veit Helmer (Veit Helmer Filmproduktion)


Number of Films Shown 233

Media Coverage broad response in Japan's daily newspapers and on television

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Feature Film Festival (so-called "A-Festival").

Evaluation TIFF has lately lost some of its international importance and serves foremost the local cinema industry. The international competition features a top award of no less than 10 million Japanese yen ($91,000) but so far most winners of the past years have not really profited in exposure and distribution through TIFF. Presentations in the sidebar sections of the festival have proved to be of little impact for the films. In spite of the engagement of the festival director to improve the international elements in the program it seems difficult to create an interest among the Tokyo audience for European films.

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