【METI Mobile】Tokyo International Film Festival Showcases Japan’s Collaborative Media Evolution
The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) welcomed filmmakers and critics from around the world to the heart of Japan’s capital from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, 2017. This year’s TIFF marked a milestone in collaboration between filmmakers and artists in diverse cultural fields.
TIFF provided a stage for a variety of collaborative events between filmmakers and animators, musicians, kabuki actors and a range of other artists. These new collaborations will help promote Japan’s arts and entertainment to the world. One example shown at this year’s TIFF was a live-action film based on a popular Japanese manga beloved both at home and abroad.
Spotlight on student filmmakers
Young filmmakers also had a chance to shine at TIFF. The festival featured the work of junior high school students who wrote and shot their own original films during this summer’s TIFF Teens Film School 2017. By providing young creators with an opportunity to experience the thrills of filmmaking, TIFF hopes to foster the growth of Japan’s future film creators.
New technology offers news ways to enjoy content
Nearly a decade ago, the 3D movie revolution transformed the way people enjoy films. Now even more advanced technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are offering users different ways to experience games and videos. At the Digital Content Expo 2017 held at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in late October, visitors had the chance to try out next-generation media technology including VR and artificial intelligence.
Bolstering Japan’s media industry
Japan boasts the world’s third largest media industry, valued at approximately 12 trillion yen ($105 million). However, growth has stagnated in recent years. In addition to facilitating cross-medium collaboration and promoting new media technology, Japan is hoping to grow the media industry by encouraging Japanese companies to develop media businesses overseas so that people around the world can experience the excitement of Japanese entertainment,