Thursday, April 18, 2024

Tokyo Film Festival Will Go On In the Fall Despite Tragedies


The Tokyo International Film Festival is going to happen this fall despite all of the recent tragedies. It’s amazing, considering what Japan has been through, but more power to them! Here’s the press release that was sent out this morning:
We sincerely thank everyone for all of the heartfelt sympathy, support, and
assistance extended to the people of Japan after the earthquake and tsunami on
March 11, 2011.
After a lot of serious discussions on our mission and role, we have decided to
hold the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) from October 22 (Sat) to
30 (Sun) as scheduled even in these difficult times.
The mission of TIFF is to seek out the finest films from around the world and
present the fruits of Japan’s culture to the world. We believe that our
determination will contribute to the restoration and recovery of the industry
and Japan.
Therefore we will start accepting entries to the Competition from this week,
April 20 (Wed) to July 15 (Fri). A summary of the Regulations for the
Competition 2011 is provided below.
TIFF looks forward to even a larger number of submissions for this year from
around the world.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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