Demae Eigasai -A Film Festival Comes to Your Neighborhood
“Demai Eigasai”, a screening event held prior to the actual holding of the Festival, exhibited the Pakistani film, “Speak Up”. The exhibition was held at the Fukuoka City Gender Equality Center AMIKAS in Fukuoka on August 24 ( Sat.).
Focus on Asia Pre-Festival Event: Special Screening of “Deepa Metha’s Element Trilogy
On August 25 (Sun.), the Festival put on its pre-festival event where it showed Deepa Metha’s Element Trilogy -“Fire”, “Earth” and “Water” (India/Canada) at the Fukuoka City Public Library Movie Hall Ciné-là.
Exhibition: “TECHNE: The Visual Workshop
An exhibition was held in cooperation with “TECHNE, The Visual Workshop”, a
television program produced by NHK-TV introducing various visual techniques.
The Exhibition, held at Canal City Hakata’s B1 Business Center Building, ran from August 31(Sat.) through September 29 (Sun.).
Hong Kong Night, Opening Ceremony and Hong Kong +Kyushu Content Seminar
Held at Canal City Hakata (United Cinemas Canal City 13/Sun Plaza Stage/Grand Hyatt) on September 13 (Fri.).
This year our red carpet event was held on a special stage set on the water of Canal City Hakata. Following the red carpet, the Opening Ceremony welcomed glamorous guest filmmakers and performers from Asia including film director Masahiro Shinoda who was invited for our special feature “1Q64”, and special guest, Mr. Osugi.
With special cooperation from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo), our Opening Screening and Opening Reception were held under the name of “Hong Kong Night”. Additionally, the special seminar “A Partner Towards Internationalization: Hong Kong/Hong Kong + Kyushu Content Seminar” organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, was held. The event had the participation of Mr. Shindo, Chairman of the Festival Executive Committee.
Special Feature 1 – The Focus on Asia Great Film Directors Series: Lee Chang-Dong
In this series, we have placed our focus on film directors who now enjoy world acclaim after their works were introduced into Japan through our film festival. This year, our Great Film Director Series put the spotlight on Lee Chan-Dong, the celebrated figure in Korean cinema and recipient of the Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay Award and the Venice Film Festival Special Director’s Award.
Special Feature 2 – 1Q64 ~The Past is Always New and Fresh~
The holding of the Tokyo Olympiad and the opening of the Tokaido Bullet Train line… This was Japan in 1964, in the midst of its era of high economic growth. For the Japanese, regulations on traveling overseas were eased subject to restrictions and the country joined the Organization for Economics Cooperation and Development. It was a period when people believed in tomorrow and the future was shining bright. Everything created then had an allure of novelty. To recreate this aura, we put together 7 classic Japanese films from the year of wonder, 1964.
A special talk event was held, featuring guest speaker Masahiro Shinoda, the maestro filmmaker who represented the era.
Enjoy Asian Movies!
This was a program, which focused on introducing a variety of enjoyable films from Asia. “Ripples of Desire” and “Suikoden- All Me Are Brothers” were exhibited.
The 7th FIRST International Film Festival Xining Award Winning Film Exhibition
“Witness”, a film, which received the Special Jury Award from the biggest independent film festival in China, was exhibited. The Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Humanities of Fukuoka University, produced the Japanese subtitles to the film.
The Fukuoka Prize Special Screening and Symposium
Held at United Cinemas Canal City 13 on September 16 (Mon.)
Commemorative Symposium: “Reading the Future of Cinema from the New Tide of Asian Films” and the film screening of “Mekong Hotel”
The symposium invited film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, recipient of the Fukuoka Prize-Arts & Culture Prize, along with Indonesian film director, Mr. Riri Riza, and Indonesian film producer, Ms. Mira Lesmana. Yasuhiro Hariki, our Festival Director, moderated the Symposium.
Japanese New Films Premiere
Two Japanese new films, “Oshin” (directed by Shin Togashi) and “King of Apology” (directed by Nobuo Mizuta) were shown as part of the festival program before their theatrical release. A special screening, guest appearance and talk event was held with the following guest appearances:
Film director Shin Togashi from “Oshin”
Film director Nobuo Mizuta and actors Sadawo Abe and Yoshiyoshi Arakawa from “King of Apology”.
Fukuoka Audience Award Presentation Ceremony & Special Screening
Held at Canal City Theater on September 18 (Wed.)
This year, the Hong Kong film “The Way We Dance” won the Fukuoka Audience Award.
After the Award Presentation Ceremony, “You, Too, Can Make Good” (Japan/1964) was shown as part of our feature program “1Q64”.
Held at Canal City Theater on September 19 (Thu.)
Screened Films: “It’s A Great, Great World” (Singapore/Director: Kelvin Tong)
“Key of Life” (Japan/Director: Kenji Uchida)
To provide the visually and hearing-impaired with an opportunity to enjoy movies, the Festival co-organized special screenings with supplementary sound and subtitles with volunteer groups.
Very Very Short Films
To provide an opportunity for young filmmakers to present their works at a film festival, one very short film was shown before each feature length film. The line-up included 5 films by up and coming young visual creators recommended by Asian film directors who have previously participated in our film festival and 13 films selected at the “Fukuoka One Minute Film Competition”.
Fukuoka One Minute Film Competition
Held at United Cinemas Canal City 13 on September 22 (Sun.)
Putting out calls for short movies in an attempt to discover new charms of Fukuoka City, The Fukuoka Film Commission implemented the “Fukuoka One Minute Film Competition 2013” as an outlet for visual creators with the aim of city-branding Fukuoka as “Creative city Fukuoka, a vibrant city with a wealth of young human resources”. Mr. Yasuhiro Hariki, our Festival Director served as the head of the jury for the open film competition. The jurors consisted of the following:.
- Jury :
- Gakuryu Ishii, Film director
Yukari Oshima(Cynthia Luster), Actress
Yasuhiro Hariki, Festival Director
- Best Pictures :
- “Hassyou no chi, Fukuoka!” (by Masatoshi Tamai/90 sec.)
“Fukuoka Sannin Gurashi” (by Sosuke Kurokawa/73 sec.)
“Hakata Teippon ni Yarinaoshi Wa Nai” (Tsubasa Furuno/90 sec.)
- Special Jury Prize :
- “fukuoka night” (by Misako Takahashi/90 sec.)
The Night of the Ad Eaters -Asia Focus Special Edition-
Held at Canal City Theater on September 23 (Mon.)
An event where great TV commercials could be enjoyed from throughout the world joined the Festival. An Asian section was added to the regular program especially for the Festival.
6 Sponsored programs took place this year including the Fukuoka Independent Film Festival.