To commemorate the start of the next 25 years, TIFF will reorganize its main sections, introducing new sections on top of the Competition section.
TIFF’s principal section and the highlight of the film festival, the Competition section showcases feature films that were completed after January 2013. Fifteen films from around the world will be selected for screening at the festival. The International Competition Jury of five international cineastes will award the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, Special Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Artistic Contribution. The winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony on October 25.
Competition Programming Director : Yoshi Yatabe
◆ Asian Future [NEW]
A showcase up-and-coming Asian directors
From Asia to the World and on to the future! The new “Asian Future” section supersedes the “Winds of Asia-Middle East” section of previous festivals. The Asian Future section will showcase films by young directors who have directed no more than two feature films. Outstanding works from the Asian region, which includes Japan and the Middle East, will be selected for the festival. Members of some film production teams and casts will be invited to participate in networking sessions with audiences and the film community. One film will be selected to receive the “Best Asian Future Film Award.”
Asian Future Programming Director : Kenji Ishizaka
◆ Special Screenings
Premiere screenings of films that have not been released in Japan
Special Screenings Programming Director (Managing Director of TIFF): Nobushige Toshima
◆ Japanese Eyes
Independent Japanese films that are ready for the world stage
◆ World Focus [Renewal]
Must-see films that were acclaimed at various international film festivals
The World Focus section showcases important films by noted directors that have recently been completed but not yet released in Japan. The section features films that have created a sensation on the international film festival circuit. The World Focus section also will present outstanding films from Asia as well as Europe and the United States. More than half of the films screened in the former World Cinema section were later shown at theaters in Japan. The new World Focus section will be a showcase for internationally acclaimed films.