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JFTFP17: That's a wrap!
30/03/2017


The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017: Odd Obsessions: Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema
#JFTFP17
3 February – 29 March 2017


"The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme keep(s) going from strength to strength, and make(s) real efforts to get Asian films exhibited beyond the metropolitan hub" Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound

Following 103 screenings nationwide over a two month period, the largest ever Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme drew to a close in late March. Featuring 14 titles, ranging from contemporary films, classics, documentary and anime, the programme toured to 15 venues around the country, including new venues in Stirling (Macrobert Arts Centre) and Inverness (Eden Court).

This year we also welcomed three very special guests, Naotaro Endo (director of Tsukiji Wonderland), Daishi Matsunaga (Pieta in the Toilet) and Shuichi Okita (The Mohican Home Comes), all of whom took part in post-screening discussions of their films in London and around the UK.

Below are some of this year’s highlights:


Director Daishi Matsunaga visited the UK to attend screenings of his debut feature film Pieta in the Toilet. In addition to appearing at the film’s UK premiere at ICA, Matsunaga also travelled to Watershed in Bristol, Showroom Cinema in Sheffield and Quad in Derby.


Another of the 9 UK premieres shown as part of the season was Shuichi Okita’s latest film The Mohican Comes Home. Two of Okita’s films have been released in the UK (Woodsman and the Rain and The Story of Yonosuke) and his fans turned out in numbers for the screening at the ICA!

Okita also attended screenings of The Mohican Comes Home at the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast and Exeter Phoenix.


And then in March, we were joined by Naotaro Endo, director of the season’s featured documentary, Tsukiji Wonderland. Following the film’s sell-out screening at ICA, London in February, Endo joined us for an exclusive ‘Filmmaker Talk’ at the Soho Hotel in London, before embarking on a tour around the UK, attending screenings in Broadway in Nottingham, Filmhouse in Edinburgh and Exeter Phoenix.



Among the titles, Naoko Yamada's anime A Silent Voice proved a huge hit, selling out screens up and down the country. The film's London premiere at ICA as part of the programme was the fatest selling film in the programme. On the day of the screening the queue was stretching out of the door - see below!



The programme was also well received and was ranked among TimeOut magazine's top 10 film events in February. Here's a few snippets of some reviews:

"We’re big fans of the way that the Japan Foundation takes a bundle of recent and classic Japanese films around the UK every year. (This year’s selection is) another fine collection." Spank the Monkey (Mostly Film)

"The Japan Foundation Touring Programme is one of those all too rare events in the world of Japanese cinema that just might demonstrate that all is not lost by promoting a renewed image of Japan, thanks to its original and varied programme." Gabriel Bernard (ZOOM Japan)

The Japan Foundation tours have always triumphed by not limiting their footprint to a single city. Since the season began in 2004, the selection has grown from a small handful of 5 titles to a staggering 14. (…A) fantastic opportunity to catch more Japanese films on the big screen in a single weekend that you’re likely to see across the whole of the rest of the year. Use it or lose it!
Jasper Sharp (All the Anime)


And here are some lovely comments from our audiences!


All events, every year, something new comes to us. It's really great!

Thank you for your efforts. Great work! Thank you so much for showing so many wonderful films.

I'd love to see more Japanese films in cinemas! There isn't enough and it is very popular!


Thank you to everyone who attended the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme this February and March! We look forward to seeing you again at the 15th edition in 2018!



Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe 2017-2018
12/10/2016
 

The Japan Foundation is now accepting proposals for projects to receive Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe (PAJ Europe) Touring and Collaboration grants for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. To apply for the programme, please read the information on the Performing Arts Funding page carefully and contact the relevant Japan Foundation office in Europe to discuss eligibility. The deadline for projects taking place between 1 April 2017 and 30 June 2018 is Monday, 31 October 2016.

Overview


Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe (PAJ Europe) was started by the Japan Foundation in 2006 to revitalise and facilitate the exchange between leading artists in Europe and Japan. The main feature of this scheme is that this grant will be made available to those organisers based in Europe who are planning to organise Japan-related performing arts projects in European regions. The applications will be screened by an annually appointed panel of advisors who are specialists in the area of performing arts in Europe. Successful applicants will receive grants towards part of the cost of implementing their project.



To date, PAJ Europe has funded 128 projects (including 70 touring and 58 collaboration projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, 12 projects (5 Touring and 7 Collaboration projects) were selected under the programme, for a total amount of €149,000.



The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016
11/12/2015

IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema: 5 February to 26 March 2016


This year’s programme is titled ‘Ikiru: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema’, and taking inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s classic Ikiru (“To Live”) will look at the way in which Japanese filmmakers have been observing and capturing people’s lives. This year’s programme is the largest yet and will feature a mixture of classics, animation and contemporary films, catering for all audiences’ tastes!


The season will open at the ICA, London on Friday, 5 February 2016 before touring to a further 12 venues until late March 2016. We are delighted to announce that this year’s participating venues are:


ICA, London
Phoenix, Leicester
mac birmingham, Birmingham
Watershed, Bristol
QUAD, Derby
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Dundee
Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
HOME, Manchester


Specific information of each cinema’s line-up, screening dates and times will be added to www.jpf-film.org.uk shortly, so please keep checking back. We look forward to seeing you all at the programme soon!



Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe 2016-2017
10/08/2015

Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe 2016-2017


The Japan Foundation is now accepting proposals for projects to receive Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe (PAJ Europe) Touring and Collaboration grants for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. To apply for the programme, please read the information on the Performing Arts Funding page carefully and contact the relevant Japan Foundation office in Europe to discuss eligibility. The deadline for projects taking place between 1 April 2016 and 30 June 2017 is Friday, 30 October 2015.


Overview


Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe (PAJ Europe) was started by the Japan Foundation in 2006 to revitalise and facilitate the exchange between leading artists in Europe and Japan. The main feature of this scheme is that this grant will be made available to those organisers based in Europe who are planning to organise Japan-related performing arts projects in European regions. The applications will be screened by an annually appointed panel of advisors who are specialists in the area of performing arts in Europe. Successful applicants will receive grants towards part of the cost of implementing their project.


To date, PAJ Europe has funded 116 projects (including 65 touring and 51 collaboration projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, 7 projects (3 Touring and 4 Collaboration projects) were selected under the programme, for a total amount of €85,000.



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