“Demae Eigasai –A Film Festival Comes to Your Neighborhood”
In order to expand our Asian film fan stratum as a means to increase our film audience, the Demae Eigasai was held, offering the public a chance to see Asian films at more accessible locations.
“The Rainbow Troops”, shown on June 17th at Jonan Civic Center “Child”, shown on June 26th at AMIKAS (Fukuoka City Gender Equality Promotion Center)
“20th Anniversary Special Screening of Previous Winners of the Fukuoka Audience Award”
(September 4th at NTT Yume Tenjin Hall)
Commemorating the 20th year for the Festival, 4 Award-winning films selected for the Fukuoka Audience Award from 2006 to 2009 were shown in a special event.
“20th Anniversary Special Feature Program: The Majid Majidi Retrospective”
(September 15 – September 19, at the Fukuoka City Public Library Movie Hall Ciné-là)
Ever since the opening of the Fukuoka City Public Library Film Archive in 1996, the Festival has shown nearly every feature film directed by maestro Asian film director Majid Majidi and these films have been placed under the collection of the Fukuoka City Public Library Film Archive. The sole exception was the film director’s first feature film, “Baduk”, (1992), which the Festival never exhibited. However, as a 20th Anniversary Special Feature Program, all of his feature films, including “Baduk” were screened under “The Majid Majidi Retrospective”. As an added feature to the Special Program, the film director was invited to participate in a special question and answer session after the screening of his first film, “Baduk”.
Opening Night Screening
(September 17, at Fukuoka International Congress Center)
Our Opening Night was held on September 17 at the Fukuoka International Congress Center. Guests arrived at the main hall through its red carpet with the close to 1000 in the audience greeting them enthusiastically with a thunder of applause.
20th Anniversary Symposium:“The Charm of Indonesian Cinema -A Glimpse of Unfamiliar Indonesia”
Mr. Riri Riza, the director and Ms. Mira Lesmana, the producer of “The Dreamer” along with Mr. Joko Anwar, the director of “The Forbidden Door” were invited as special guests from Indonesia to the Symposium. The Symposium, moderated by Junichi Tomonari, an author and film critic, introduced the charm behind Indonesian Cinema and explained the circumstances surrounding present day Indonesian cinema to a standing room only crowd of Indonesian film fans.
20th Anniversary Symposium: “The Future of Asian Cinema and Film Festivals”
The Symposium, coordinated by Festival Director Yasuhiro Hariki, presented an overview of international film festivals as they stand today together with a discussion on the future of international film festivals. Invited as panelists, were Mr. Shinji Aoyama, a film director born in Fukuoka and a recipient of many international film festival awards including Cannes, Mr.Chang Yann, an advisor to the Taipei Film Festival, and Mr. Toru Abe, Chief Executive of the Fukuoka City Civic Affairs Bureau. A lively discussion ensued which also made suggestions for improving the Festival.
Special Screening of NETPAC Award-Winning Japanese Films
The Festival showed 5 Japanese films selected for their excellence by NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), an organization granting awards at many international film festivals around the world. A question and answer session followed the screening in the presence of Aruna Vasudev, President of NETPAC.
Fukuoka Audience Award Presentation Ceremony and Special Screening
The winner of the Fukuoka Audience Award for 2010 was announced by Mr. Tsuneo Shindo, Chairman of the Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival Executive Committee, at the Elgala Hall to a packed audience anxious to know the award recipient. The Award went to a “True Noon”, a 2009 Tajik film directed by Nosir Saidov who accepted the award with excitement by saying “I am very pleased to be selected as I think this is my most significant award”.
Special Screening for the Visual Handicapped and those with Hearing Handicaps
The Japanese film “Looking for Anne” and the Tajik film “True Noon” were screened with audio commentary and Japanese subtitles provided by the untiring efforts of many public volunteers.
The Chinese motion picture “I Want to Dance!” was screened with a live voice-over performance by student volunteers, for young children with difficulties following Japanese subtitles.
This year 9 sponsored events participated in our Festival exhibiting a total of 134 films, which livened up our festivity spirit.