Great News, Japophiles! Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no stopping the annual Japanese Film Festival. However, since we are at the “new normal,” the Japan Film Festival is following health protocols. That’s why they’re bringing the filmfest online, which is safer, and not to mention, will bring in more viewers than if it were organized in cinemas.
The Japan Film Festival (JFF) is an initiative by Japan Foundation to promote Japanese films around the world and to bring Japan closer to its neighbors. The program was initially for 10 ASEAN countries and Australia but has expanded to China, Russia, and India. In 2016, JFF was launched with the slogan, “Japanese Film Anytime, Anywhere, and has organized film festivals in 56 cities in 12 countries in 2019-20, before the pandemic. It garnered over 170,000 viewers.
This year, they are organizing an online festival called the “JFF Plus Online Festival, in addition to their traditional cinema festival held from the middle of last year to early this year, before the pandemic was spread outside of China. The online festival run from November 20 – 29 in the following countries: Asia: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam Australasia: Australia, New Zealand Americas: USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil Middle East/Africa: Egypt Europe: Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary.
Over 30 films will be shown per day, depending on your country’s schedule. Click here to view the schedule. The filmfest also offers a variety of films, from horror, romance to documentary and animation. It is by far the longest and diverse festival that the foundation has held outside of Japan, so you better not miss out on it. Click here to view the list of films. Like any personal filmfest event, the online event will also feature exclusive interviews with the directors and actors.
Join us in watching the acclaimed Japanese film at JFF Plus! Visit their official website now and stream!