Now that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, the world is facing a new normal.
So is the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). We are re-evaluating how films can contribute to society in this new era.
As our first festival after the pandemic this year, we have more theaters and films to screen at the venues we moved to last year, which are the headquarters in the Hibiya, Yurakucho, Marunouchi, and Ginza areas. There are also a rich variety of events for all to enjoy at the venues.
What's new this year is the venue for the opening ceremony, the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater with a red carpet that leads to the venue. In addition, the Kurosawa Akira Award is excitingly returning this year.
With the easing of COVID-19 border control requirements in Japan, more visitors are expected to come from abroad. It is wonderful that we are making progress in our goal next year, "to strengthen the fellowship among film professionals around the world."
I truly hope that many people will come to the festival. Please join us at TIFF to consider all our ideas and discuss the films’ bright future.