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TIFF takes more local focus

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival got the announcements for its 2014 edition into high gear yesterday, revealing many things other than programming decisions, but mostly a tighter regional focus.

The main additional detail provided on programming was around the previously-announced Hideaki Anno retrospective, for which 42 titles were confirmed. TIFF 27 has also previously announced its opening and closing titles.

Running in tandem with TIFF this year will be ancillary events the Tokyo Drama Award, promoting Japanese TV dramas to international guests; the World Cosplay Summit, which is pretty much what it sounds like; an MPA Seminar, sans detail at this point; another edition of the Japanese Society of Cinematographers’ Symposium on Filming; and curated programmes from three smaller Japanese festivals, all child/youth-focused: the PIA FF, the Japan Student FF and the Kinder Film Festival.

Announcing a multi-part seven year deal with the Japan Foundation, TIFF also named Thailand as its country of focus under an ongoing programme Crosscut Asia. The announcement was one of a number of initiatives developed with the support of the Japan Foundation, which will also stump up for the Spirit of Asia Award to a film from the festival’s Asian Future programme.

A stronger regional focus will also a feature of the festival, with the Asian Future and World Focus programme strands both enlarged to include a higher number of Asian titles. Mirroring a programme run by several other Asian festivals, the Japan Foundation introduced the Asian Three-Fold Mirror, an omnibus film commissioned from up-and-coming Japanese/Asian directors.

The majority of TIFF’s programme will be announced on 30 September. TIFF 27 runs 23 – 31 October.
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