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You have one month left to submit your films to Tokyo

by Kavinish NairJune 8, 2016

Calling all Malaysian filmmakers! The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is back for it’s 29th edition! 

Established in 1985, the festival was held biennially from 1985 to 1991 before becoming an annual event. But over the decades, TIFF built a name as one of Asia’s most competitive film festivals, and to date is the only Japanese festival accredited by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).

aVqt6BlzJFHak96ECI7kPuTaZpXThe good news however is that you have thirty days to get your films into the competition — submissions have been open since 15 April 2016 and will close on 8 July 2016.

Last year, TIFF received over 1,400 films from 86 countries and regions. Out of those, only 16 were screened in competition but top honours eventually went to Roberto Berliner’s Nise – The Heart of Madness.

In recent years, a couple of Malaysian films have been featured at the festival. Edmund Yeo‘s debut feature River of Exploding Durians was among 15 entries chosen to compete for the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix in 2014 edition, while Nik Amir Mustapha’s Terbaik Dari Langit (Nova) was in competition in the festival’s Asian Future segment.

Prior to that, Yasmin Ahmad‘s Sepet was once featured as part of TIFF’s Winds of Asia programme.

This latest edition will be held between the 25 October 2016 and 3 November 2016 at Roppongi Hills. Events include open-air screenings, voice-over screenings, and appearances by actors, as well as seminars and symposiums related to the film market.


Head to the TIFF website to submit your films now! To have a look at what they put on last year, make sure to seek out our past coverage!

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Kavinish Nair
Kavinish Nair is Malaysian music correspondent for The Daily Seni.

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