A Press Conference of acclaimed actress Shinobu Terajima who was announced to be the 26th TIFF International Competition Jury and Special Screening of her award winning film “Vibrator” were held on October 1, 2013 at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ).
The Press Conference opened with greeting speeches from TIFF’s Director General, Yasushi Shiina and Shinobu Terajima, and followed by Q & A about her role representing Japan on the International Jury.
Shinobu Terajima has won the Best Actress for her role in Ryuichi Hiroki’s “Vibrator” at 16th TIFF, for the past decade, she has won numerous awards in Japan and overseas, including the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival for her role in Koji Wakamatsu’s “Caterpillar” (2010).
The 26th TIFF will be held October 17-25, 2013, at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.
Notes and Quotes from the Press Conference
Shinobu Terajima (ST): / Yasushi Shiina (YS):
Tokyo International Film Festival is a very commemorative film festival in that I have received the best actress for the film “Vibrator” which was indeed the very first award that I received. I am very surprised that delighted to be part of the International Competition Jury.
Q: TIFF has a very diverse selection from around the world, as a jury what criteria you have to judge a film?
ST’s A: When it comes to deliberations on a film festival, it is people who have to judge other people’s work and they are going to get different tastes and opinions. In working with the other members of the jury, all I can do is just to see each film purely from my own perspective and be straight forward in my opinions. I do look forward to deliberations with the other jurors.
Q: Film can have artistic success or/and commercial success. Is the film festival’s main goal to find the young artistic talent and promote them to have larger commercial success or to simply identify the talent and give them the recognition of their artistic talent?
YS’s A: When I think of film I always put it this way, to make a film is only 50%, and when you show it to the press and audience – that is the remaining 50%. A film can only be completed after you’ve made it and shown it. Young filmmakers at film festivals may receive harsh criticisms, but my hope is that they use these opportunities to venture further so that they can succeed in the future. For the “Japanese Cinema Splash”, we hope to provide an opportunity to young filmmakers to bring their work into overseas’ countries. We hope that they can create a sort of “Splash” on the international scene.