24th French Film Festival in Japan

24th French Film Festival in Japan

The 24th French Film Festival in Japan will take place from June 24 through 27, 2016, at the Yurakucho Asahi Hall and the TOHO Cinemas Nichigeki in Tokyo. A selection of twelve films will be presented in the presence of a delegation of French artists.

This program brings together a selection of recent French films proposed by Japanese distibutors. The films will be accompanied by French artists, who will come to meet Japanese spectators and media (major newspapers, Elle Japan, Figaro Japan, J-Wave, etc.), as part of the promotional campaigns organized by the distributors for the films' theatrical releases.  

At the end of the festival, the Air France Audience Award will be announced. Two return trips between Tokyo and Paris will be offered by Air France to the lucky winner of a random draw organized amongst the spectators who have participated in voting for the award.

Apart from the traditional Q&A's with the public after the screenings, and autograph sessions, the French artists will meet the public at the Apple Store in Ginza, and will give masterclasses at the Film School of Tokyo. Other meetings are planned at the Institut Français in Tokyo. A selection of the films participating in the festival will also be presented in three other cities (Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka), with support from the Institut français.

The festival will be preceded by the French Film Market (23-24 June). Twenty French film exporters will come to Tokyo for the event to meet with Japanese distributors. For the first time, the market will be organized in collaboration with TV France International. For this occasion, many French television program exporters will be present alongside French film sales agents in Tokyo, but also in Seoul, from 20 through 22 June, where UniFrance will be organizing, for the second consecutive year, a film market aimed at Korean buyers.

The selection:

Apart from Valley of Love and Paris Belongs to Us, all these films have already been acquired by Japanese distributors and will be released in Japan in the coming months.

The delegation is made up of Rod Paradot, François Favrat, Laurent Lafitte, Pascale Pouzadoux, Marthe Villalonga, Isabelle Huppert, Guillaume Nicloux, Maïwenn, Nicolas Saada, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, and Ounie Lecomte.

This event is organized with support from Asahi Shimbun, from the Ambassade de France au Japon and the Institut français in Japan, Renault, Lacoste, Air France, Palace Hotel, Toho Cinema, TitraFilm, and the CNC.

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