ASFF: Japan Guest Country Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmakers

ASFF 2014 is delighted to present a programme of outstanding short films from Japanese filmmakers, spanning genres in experimental, animation and drama. These films draw upon the rich history and culture, past and present, of Japan and will be contextualised in a panel discussion with a selection of filmmakers currently working in the Japanese film industry. With five immersive films to choose from, this exclusive guest country screening is not to be missed.
Sponsored by Japan Foundation and Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the programme features Hashi No Mukou, an otherworldly adventure animation by Shigeyoshi Tsukahara, and Empty House, a father-daughter separation drama by Kei Chikaura. The support from both foundations plays an invaluable role in the realisation of this screening.

The Japan Foundation, established in 1972 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to promote and provide financial support for international cultural exchange between Japan and the rest of the world. Working primarily in the fields of Arts and Culture, Japanese language education and Japanese studies, the foundation’s activities are coordinated through its headquarters in Tokyo and its satellite offices located in cities worldwide, such as London.
Similarly, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, established in 1983, seeks to develop good relations between the UK and Japan by widening both countries’ awareness and education of each other’s culture, society and achievements. It looks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation through financial support for activities in educative fields such as Arts and Culture, and Humanities and Social Issues.

This exclusive screening plus panel discussion with selected filmmakers will take place at venue 1331, Friday 7 October, 1.30pm-3pm. A second chance to view the entire programme will take place at Bootham School on Sunday 9 October, 11am-12pm. This charismatic location offers an engaging cinema experience in its contemporary state of the art cinema space, set within the site of the Quaker school, located close to York Minster.

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1. Kei Chikaura, Empty House. Courtesy of Kei Chikaura, 2012.