Tokyo International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Tokyo International Film Festival
SINCE: 1985
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WEBSITE: www.2015.tiff-jp.net
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: TIFF became the first international film festival to be held in Japan, filling a significant gap in the world cinema calendar. The festival opened with Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, one of 140 films screened during the festival’s duration.

2015 Tokyo International Film Festival Awards, ‘Nise – The Heart of Madness’ Wins Tokyo Grand Prix Award

2015 Tokyo International Film Festival Awards, ‘Nise – The Heart of Madness’ Wins Tokyo Grand Prix Award

Winners of the awards of the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival were announced over the weekend and the Tokyo Grand Prix Award went to Nise – The Heart of Madness, directed by Roberto Berliner. Roberto Berliner’s exclaimed, “I wish I could speak in Portuguese but let’s see if I can find some words (in English). It was a very cruel job. I worked for 13 years on this film. I wrote and rewrote, and rewrote, and rewrote […]

Directors John Woo and Yoji Yamada to Receive SAMURAI Award at Tokyo International Film Festival

Directors John Woo and Yoji Yamada to Receive SAMURAI Award at Tokyo International Film Festival

Directors John Woo from Hong Kong and Yoji Yamada from Japan will be the recipients of the 2nd SAMURAI Award at the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). SAMURAI Award was established last year with Takeshi Kitano and Tim Burton as the first award recipients. The SAMURAI Award commends achievements of filmmakers who continue to create groundbreaking films that carve a path to a new era. In commemoration of this award, The 2nd SAMURAI Award Special […]

Director Masato Harada to be the focus of JAPAN NOW at 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival

Director Masato Harada to be the focus of JAPAN NOW at 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival

Masato Harada will be the first Director in Focus of 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)’s new section JAPAN NOW. Masato Harada is the award-winning director of such works as “Bounce Ko Gals,” “Climber’s High,” “Chronicle of My Mother” and “The Emperor in August.” Created to showcase outstanding Japanese films from recent and upcoming months, JAPAN NOW will display the diversity of Japanese film, and unique facets of Japanese culture, as well as providing a multifaceted look […]

“HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT” Wins Top Prize at 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival

“HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT” Wins Top Prize at 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival

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Heaven Knows What, a drama that focuses on the bleak prospects of young junkies struggling to survive in New York, is the winner of the Tokyo Grand Prix at the 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival.  The film’s directors Joshua Safdie and Benny Safdie also won the Award for Best Director.  This raw depiction of young junkies struggling to stay alive was adapted for the screen by the Safdie Brothers (Benny and Joshua) based on a real-life account by the film’s female lead, Arielle Holmes. The audience picked Pale Moon directed by Daihachi Yoshida, about a normal housewife who unexpectedly becomes involved in a large embezzlement, for the Audience Award.

2010 Tokyo International Film Festival Award Winners

2010 Tokyo International Film Festival Award Winners

“Intimate Grammar” was the big winner at the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival. Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix was given to Intimate Grammar directed by Nir Bergman. Sarah’s Key directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner received double Awards; Award for Best Director and Audience Award, and POST CARD directed by Kaneto Shindo was awarded the Special Jury Prize! The complete list of winners include: