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Our dear friend from Japan is now Festival Director of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).

UNIJAPAN has appointed Takeo Hisamatsu as the new Festival Director of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) effective March 10, succeeding Yasushi Shiina, who served as Director General of TIFF for four years.

The appointment was officially announced at the UNIJAPAN annual board meeting on March 10.


Hisamatsu has spent nearly 40 years in the film industry and has served as an executive managing director of Shochiku Co., Ltd. and deputy general manager of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan.

Hisamatsu commented, “It is my hope that through this festival, we can continue to present films from around the world in all their diversity and richness to many audiences, and that we can share the delight and joy of watching films.”


Shiina has been appointed CEO of TIFFCOM, TIFF’s affiliated multi-content market, and will also continue to serve as a vice president of UNIJAPAN. The 30th TIFF Executive Committee and Advisory Board were also formed and members were approved by the board.

The 30th TIFF will be held from October 25 (Wed.) to November 3 (Fri.), 2017 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo. TIFF looks forward to your continued support and participation as we celebrate our 30th anniversary edition, under the leadership of Takeo Hisamatsu.
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