At a press conference at Roppongi Academyhills in Tokyo, Festival Director Takeo HISAMATSU, presiding over his first TIFF, delivered opening remarks and emphasized the festival’s vision for the future.
"I’m confident that we have a quality series of films. For this 30th anniversary year, we are looking back to our past as well as enhancing our vision for the future. We have enriched our existing sections and also added exciting new sections.
The program is really well balanced in terms of art and entertainment, from new films by emerging filmmakers to classics that have been digitally restored.
We also have a new award, the Tokyo Gemstone Award, to honor up-and-coming actors and actresses in the festival. We hope to contribute to the empowerment of filmmakers as well as filmgoers, and we look forward to your continued support and involvement." says Takeo HISAMATSU, Festival Director, 30th TIFF.
The Opening, Special Opening Presentation and Closing Films were introduced. TIFF’s programing directors then took the stage to introduce the lineup for each section of the 30th edition.
In the Competition section, 15 films were selected from among 1,538 titles from 88 countries and regions. Guests from the two titles representing Japan, director Takahisa ZEZE and actresses Ayano MORIGUCHI, Kokone SASAKI and Aina YAMADA, from The Lowlife, and director Akiko OOKU from Tremble All You Want, were welcomed on the stage and made remarks.
This year’s International Competition Jury members were also announced. Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Tommy Lee JONES will serve as Jury President, working with French director Martin PROVOST, Iranian filmmaker Reza MIRKARIMI, Chinese actress-director Zhao WEI, and Japanese actor Masatoshi NAGASE.
Marking the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation this year, renowned director Keiichi HARA chosen in honor of his exceptional body of work for The World of Keiichi Hara in the Animation Focus section, greeted the audience after the retrospective lineup was announced. He will appear at panel sessions with special guests following his TIFF screenings.
30th Tokyo International Film Festival
October 25 (Wed) – November 3 (Fri), 2017 Venues: Roppongi Hills and other theaters in Tokyo Market: TIFFCOM 2017 (Japan Content Showcase 2017) October 24 (Tue) – 26 (Thu)