Japanese Film Festival wraps up for 2011

Starting with our debut in OzAsia Festival, Adelaide in September, the 15th Japanese Film Festival embarked on an epic journey around Australia before finally finishing up in Melbourne last week.

After a total of 109 screenings over the 49 days, the Festival is ecstatic to have attracted an audience just shy of 20,000 nation-wide – a phenomenal result with a 50% year on year growth in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Festival Director, Masafumi Konomi (right) said, “Film can bring hope by illustrating a bright future by inspiring us all – bringing us all together under one roof in hope for a new beginning. With the festival, we have managed to continue doing positive things, bringing happiness in a time of struggle. Thank you all for your kind support of the 15th Japanese Film Festival. It has been a great pleasure to be able to showcase our films here and according to attendance figures, it was a great success. We look forward to bringing an even better film festival next year.”

16th Japanese Film Festival
A sneak peak into the program for 2012 – Alwayss: Sunset on Third Street 3, the third in the series by Takashi Yamazaki, will be one of the films screening in the festival next year. Always: Sunset on Third Street 1, which screened in JFF ’06, won countless awards in Japan, including Japan’s Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.