Friday, March 4, 2011

Community Event: 8th Annual Toronto Japanese Short Film Festival

TJSFF is organized by Japanese Art Festival, a registered Not-for-Profit organization, and was founded in 2003 to present a side of contemporary Japanese culture that had not previously been seen in Toronto. Over the last 7 years, the festival has introduced more than 195 films made by Japanese filmmakers and international filmmakers whose work relates to Japan. We are very honoured by the continuing support and interest of our growing audience and hope you will enjoy this latest collection of Japanese shorts.

This year features the work of Isamu Hirabayashi in the opening program (MOMO program). Some of you may remember his film Doron, which won The Festival Choice Award at TJSFF in 2006. The MOMO program presents 6 of his short films, including his masterpiece TEXTISM, his recently produced Shikasha, which was screened at Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight 2010, and his latest film and first animation work KIBISO. This year’s other themed program is titled NASHI, which features Palm of the Hand Stories, adapted from a series of short stories written by Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata. The ICHIGO, MIKAN and RINGO programs show 4-10 of the latest shorts from Japan each.

Advance Tickets & Passes are now on sale for Toronto Japanese Short Film Festival 2011! Tickets & Passes are available for purchase at Queen Video (480 Bloor St. W. / 412 Queen St. W.) and SANKO (730 Queen St. W.).

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