The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)—one of Asia’s largest annual film festival—will be held from October 17 (Thu.) to October 25 (Fri.), 2013 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.
At the end of March 2013, Tom Yoda will step down as Chairman of TIFF & TIFFCOM. We sincerely thank Mr. Yoda for his dedication and enthusiastic efforts on behalf of TIFF during his 5 years as Chairman.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Yoda’s successor will be Yasushi Shiina, Director-Executive Advisor, Kadokawa Pictures, Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd. Mr. Shiina will begin his duties as Director General of TIFF & TIFFCOM on April 1, 2013.
We will make the upmost effort to hold a successful 26th TIFF event under the leadership of Yasushi Shiina and look forward to your continued support and guidance.
Yasushi SHIINA Profile
Yasushi Shiina was born in 1951.After graduating from Faculty of Science and Engineering at the Waseda University in March 1974, Shiina joined Sumitomo Corporation Inc. in April the same year. He became a counselor of Media Division of Sumitomo in 1987. In 1991, he was appointed Director, General Manager of Film Division, Asmik, and assumed the position of Representative Senior Managing Director in 1998 before becoming President of Asmik Ace Entertainment in 2000. In the year 2004, he became President of Kadokawa Entertainment, and then President of Kadokawa Pictures in 2009. After appointed as Representative Senior Managing Director in 2011, he currently serves as Director-Executive Advisor of Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd. Among his official responsibilities, he serves as Chairman of Conference Group for Import and Clearance of Foreign Films in Japan, Counselor of Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc. (MPPAJ), Vice-Chairman of Foreign Film Importer-Distributors Association of Japan, Inc., and as Advisor of Federation of Japanese Films Industry, Inc.