Save the date: the Japanese Film Festival returns this December.
Now in its 24th year, the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is coming back to Australian shores. But unlike its usual program of events, the Japanese Film Festival will be hosted entirely online in 2020. That’s right, get ready for a FREE virtual film festival dedicated to the best of Japanese cinema this summer.
Running from December 4th to 13th, JFF Plus: Online Festival will be streaming across Australia and New Zealand. Expect a range of inspiring Japanese flicks to be on display, expertly curated to suit all cinematic tastes. They’ll be thought-provoking dramas, breathtaking romance flicks, mesmerising musicals, documentaries and so much more.
Since 1997, JFF has been an annual film festival run by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. This organisation hopes to create a cultural dialogue between Australia and Japan, hosting programs and events such as this annual film festival.
In 2019, JFF was hosted across 58 cities in 12 countries, with over 170,000 audiences in attendance. This year, the film festival will offer three dedicated programs: Classics (screening rare 35mm and 16mm films), Satellite (a tour of hand-picked films traveling across Australia), and JFF Plus: Online Festival (a brand-new online-only program screening for free).
“We are thrilled to bring JFF online, uniting first-time viewers and seasoned Festival goers alike to come together in celebration of fan-favourites from past JFFs to the latest in contemporary Japanese cinema,” said Japanese Film Festival Programmer, Susan Bui.
Sydneysiders can expect to experience the Classic program of JFF to hit the Art Gallery of NSW in December 2020.
The JFF Plus: Online Festival will be running from December 4th to 13th, streaming online nationwide. Tickets are free but registration is required. The full festival program is set to be released on November 6th. To find out more, click here.