Established in 1985, the Tokyo International Film Festival is one of Japan’s most prestigious movie events and the only Japanese film festival accredited by the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films or International Federation of Film Producers Associations).
This time around, the event’s organizers have announced that starting from 2014, the prestigious film festival will focus more on one of Japan’s most recognizable pop culture aspects — anime. According to one of the organizers, they wanted to push anime and add an animation category for this year’s festival. However, due to time constraints, the animation category was not added but instead, its addition will be moved to next year’s film festival.
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They mentioned Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu as a great example for the new animation category. Studio Ghibli’s latest movie is currently entered in another prestigious film competition, The Venice International Film Festival, which will be held next month.
According to Tokyo International Film Festival Director General Yasushi Shiina,
Japanese animation is highly recognized and valued internationally and in the same way at the TIFF, the animation, off course that is the start from now, but should have more recognition and importance, significance.
Japan is certainly known for animation and now, the organizers have seen that Japanese animation is a huge part of their popular culture. Hopefully, with the addition of an animation category next year as well as the festival turning its focus to anime, we will get to see some good quality anime because of the competition.
The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival will be held from October 17-25 at Roppongi Hills. The opening movie will be “Captain Philips” starring Tom Hanks and the closing film will be “The Kiyosu Conference”.