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ITSCOM HALL, RISE, FUTAKO-TAMAGAWA DAY 3, 06/23 - Festival ambassador LiLiCo makes an appearance to lead the SWEDISH program.
Rainy & dreary outside but it was all sunshine & fun stuff today as the KIDS program kicked off today’s line-up of screenings.
Founder of the NPO “WORLD THEATER PROJECT,” SAORI KYORAISEKI came out to talk about the animated short “FILL & MOO.” This wonderful organization based in Cambodia, runs free screenings of films throughout Southeast Asia in rural areas that rarely have movie theaters.
The short was produced, written & voice acted by Japanese actor TAKUMI SAITOH. He then hooked up with SAORI’s organization & made the short film rights free to be shown to kids anywhere.
We are very proud to screen the delightful film as well as introducing SAORI-san & her wonderful NPO.
NON FICTION Competition supported by Yahoo Japan Corporation 1
Our 2nd program today was the NON-FICTION COMPETITION PROGRAM 1, supported by YAHOO CORPORATION JAPAN.
Director YOKICHI “KAICHO” OSATO, who also happens to be president of AMUSE, the massive entertainment conglomerate, came with his crew to talk about his documentary “SETOUCHI, THE MOVIE.” This stunningly shot film features the Setouchi Straits which runs through & connects 3 of the main islands of Japan; Honshu, Shikoku & Kyushu. Combining aerial shots with time lapse photography, the 3-years-in-the-making short shows all that’s good about traditional Japan.
“KAICHO” (which means chairman of the board) told us he had a totally different film in mind until he encountered the installment of Taiwanese artist SHUN-RON LIN on one of the islands & became so enamored with it that he set the location only in the SETOUCHI area instead of covering all of Japan as he had originally intended.
War and the Power to Live Program supported by Red Cross 1
Our 3rd program today; “War and the Power to Live Program supported by Red Cross brought director TAREK ROHLINGER from Germany to talk about his post 2015 Paris terrorist attack short “A STATE OF EMERGENCY” that he shot just two weeks after the attack. Obviously there were issues about safety & the moral issue of shooting a film about a possible terror attack so soon after it happened in real life but as a film student he didn’t have the luxury of postponing & with the intrepid support of his mates, he was able to complete this unfortunately timely short film. Shot in 6 days in the surrounding streets of an abandoned hospital complex, he is now working on his film school graduate thesis film. Thanks for coming out Tarek!
For our final program of the day, the special SWEDISH PROGRAM curated by our festival ambassador & popular TV personality LiLiCo was enjoyed by a packed house of fans who got to hear all about her native Sweden as well as watching 5 Swedish shorts.
She told us about her formative years in Sweden as well her self led tour of Sweden with 15 Japanese fans. At the end of the talk, she brought some presents for fans. The 7 winners were decided by the Japanese rock-paper-scissors game & everyone left happy into the rainy night.
So now the festival draws to a close tomorrow. Come down & see us!