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Experience Japan through cinema - at a venue near you!

Posted Tuesday 27 January 2015 by Sarah Rutterford in Film Releases, General

Wood Job
Wood Job, dir. Shinobu Yaguchi

Since 2004, the Japan Foundation in London has organised the fantastic Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme in close partnership with distinguished film venues and programme advisors throughout the UK. It's one of only a few contemporary programmes that tours beyond London to present new Japanese cinema to regional audiences.

Each year, a list of Japanese titles is put together under a carefully chosen theme designed to highlight new trends in Japanese cinema and showcase the versatility and unique qualities displayed by Japanese filmmakers.The programme also showcases directors and works which may have slipped under the radar of other film festivals or tours.

This year’s programme, soon to screen at cinemas nationwide, is a vastly exciting array of films themed under the narrative framework of ‘encounters’. Showcasing a wide variety of styles and tones, via popular contemporary films and acclaimed classics through to animation, the programme includes titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking the question: does it really only happen in the movies?

Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds dir. Mikio Naruse (c)1967 Toho Co., Ltd.

The film list includes titles as diverse as Mikio Naruse's glorious classic Scattered Clouds, Mipo O's stunningly beautiful drama The Light Shines Only There (Japan's entry for Best Foreign Film for this year's Oscars), innovative dystopian animations from directors including Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo in Short Peace, and Shinobu Yaguchi's (Waterboys, Swing Girls) superb new coming-of-age story Wood Job, based on the Shion Miura novel. Yaguchi is a special guest of the tour and will be appearing at screenings at the ICA, QUAD, Showroom and Watershed.

The programme opens at the ICA in London this Friday 30th January, and titles from the season are booked to screen at venues nationwide including Watershed in Bristol, Showroom In Sheffield, QUAD in Derby, mac in Birmingham, QFT in Belfast, Broadway in Nottingham and Filmhouse in Edinburgh. For the complete list of venues, click here

And if you programme an independent cinema and are interested in hosting the programme, it's available for further bookings: visit the Japan Foundation website for contact details to enquire.

Jinx
Jinx!!! dir. Naoto Kumazawa

News round-up... 12/01/2015

Posted Monday 12 January 2015 by Sarah Rutterford in News Round-up

Boyhood
Looking ahead: Boyhood, winner of Best Picture (Drama) & Best Director at the Golden Globes 2015

Happy New Year!

  • Boyhood justifiably won Best Picture (Drama) & Director awards at the Golden Globes 2015 last night - see all winners here, commentary by Peter Bradshaw (with Oscar predictions) here (and jokes here). The BAFTA nominations are also out, with The Grand Budapest Hotel out in front (though sadly no noms for Mr. Turner or Selma) and nominees for the Oscars will be announced this Thursday.
  • Our Artists' Moving Image Network is fully up and running with programmes in place at the four lead venues - FLUX at Barn, Film Lab at The Dukes, kinetics at Kinokulture and ASPECT at The Maltings. Read more and get inspiration for your AMI screenings.
  • The end of January is the deadline for both our One-to-Ones - perfect if 2015 is the year you want to make changes at your venue and need affordable advice on anything from audience development to fundraising - and our Tech Skills scheme for venues in need of bespoke technical support.

Calls for submissions, opportunities

  • The London International Animation Festival needs your animated shorts.
  • Open City Docs Festival - celebrating the best in non-fiction contemporary filmmaking - is open to submissions.
  • Deaffest is looking for films made by deaf filmmakers, or films with a significant deaf involvement. Submit.
  • Reel Islington Short Film Award submissions close on 19th January - the theme: Urbanscapes.
  • Submissions are open for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 and the Festival has also opened submissions to its MeetMarket and Crossover Market events for filmmakers hoping to access to the international doc film market.
  • St. Albans Film Festival is open to submissions until 3rd February.
  • Oska Bright Film Festival is calling for films made by disabled filmmakers.
  • Zlín Film Festival needs your films for its 55th edition.
  • Plymouth Film Festival is looking for shorts by national & international filmmakers. 

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