2020 Japanese Film Festival Digital Edition Opens in India
Free screening of 30 hand-picked Japanese films from December 4 to 13.
Japan Foundation, New Delhi, today launched the fourth edition of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) 2020 in India. The one-of-a-kind 10-day digital film festival will be held from December 4 to 13, 2020. This year’s extensive film slate includes 30 of the most acclaimed Japanese films in varying formats and subjects in categories such as animation, dramatic feature, romance, thriller, classic and documentary. The first day of the festival kicked off with screenings of classic and contemporary films, ‘Key Of Life’, ‘The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice’ and ‘Project Dream – How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hanger’.
The fourth edition of the Japanese Film Festival is accessible to everyone across the country through virtual access and customers can enjoy the best of Japanese cinema from the safety of their homes. From the carefully curated list of films, three films will be screened every day and will be available for 24 hours on the festival’s watch page, https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp/page/india/. Customers can enjoy unlimited access to multiple movies from the movie lineup without any subscription fees. Selected films will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles for the viewer’s convenience.
Commenting on the opening of JFF 2020, Kaoru Miyamoto, the Managing Director of Japan Foundation New Delhi, said, “We are very happy to open the Film Festival in India. The last few months have been reassuring to see the enthusiasm on our platforms. India is a large and growing market for Japanese artwork, as there is a noticeable inclination and interest in Japanese culture among Indians. We closely mapped the audience demand and therefore created a list of 30 popular Japanese movies suitable to cater to a wider audience catering to various age groups. The response so far has been overwhelming also from cities like Hyderabad, Jaipur etc. in addition to metros.
He added, “We are delighted and grateful for the special place the festival has carved out for itself in the Indian landscape. The last three editions have received a staggering response and we hope the festival will be successful and bigger with the very first digital edition.
The 2020 Japanese Film Festival presents a diverse range of popular Japanese films such as Sumikkogurashi: Good to be in the corner, Production IG Animation: Tokyo Marble Chocolate, Production IG Short Animation: (Drawer Hobs), One Night, 0.5mm, Vacation Ecotherapy Getaway, Our 30-Minute Sessions, Little Nights, Little Loves, Stolen Identity, Tremble at will, The Grand Passage, RAILWAYS, Café Funiculi Funicula and more.
To add excitement to the 10-day Film Festival, the Japan Foundation New Delhi is organizing the “Young Critic Contest”. The competition invites the participation of young primary and secondary school students to write critical responses to the animated films selected in the Festival’s program. Six winners will be declared by December 24, 2020 and will receive a Certificate of Excellence along with exclusive Japanese Film Festival giveaways.
For more information about the film lineup, registration process, schedule and festival dates, you can log on to the festival watch page, https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp /. You can also check the official social handles for regular updates.