On August 1, 2023, the Japan Foundation has launched a special program called JFF+ Independent Cinema 2023 to shed light on the mini theaters that support the cinema culture of Japan.
The lineup of streamed films includes those recommended by mini theaters throughout Japan, as well as by international film critics and film festival directors. Videos that introduce each participating mini theater, their communities, and the feelings of their staff, will also be produced and streamed. Together these will introduce the current state of cinema culture and regional culture in Japan from multiple angles.
12 films and 10 videos including three films previously screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will be available free of charge worldwide except Japan from August 1 through October 31.
TIFF Alumni Films
HANAGATAMI (30th TIFF, Japan Now section)
And Your Bird Can Sing (31st TIFF, Japan Now section)
BACHIRANUN (34th TIFF, PFF 2021 PFF Grand-Prix Winning Film)
For more information, please visit jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/ic2023/