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The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival to be Held

A variety of side events in collaboration with globally in-demand Japanese content to be held as a new initiative

October 18, 2018

From October 25 (Thur.) to November 3 (Sat.; national holiday), 2018, the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the most representative film festivals in Asia, will be held.

On October 25, the opening ceremony will be held at Roppongi Hills and Ex Theater Roppongi, bringing together film lovers and industry leaders from inside and outside Japan.

1. Outline

The TIFF is an international film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Since its inauguration in 1985 as the first large-scale film festival in Japan, the TIFF has been making its mark in the film industry and in cultural promotion in Japan and other Asian countries. The 2018 TIFF will present screenings of outstanding works selected from among the record-high number of over 1,800 entries.

As a new initiative of the 2018 TIFF, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a variety of side events collectively called “TIFF Plus,” in collaboration between TIFF and six globally top-level Japanese industries, including food and fashion. Taking the opportunity of this film festival, expected to bring together a large number of visitors, METI will strive to cultivate new film fans taking advantage of the synergistic effect brought about by the respective collaborative efforts, will convey the comprehensive ability of the Japanese content industry to the rest of the world, and will aim to further encourage the industry through new connections and networks.

2. TIFF Plus

During the period of the TIFF, METI will hold a variety of side events collectively called “TIFF Plus,” in collaboration between TIFF and six Japanese industries: tourism and food, fashion, music, animation, e-sports and sports.

[Tourism and foods]

Date: From October 26 (Fri.) to November 3 (Sat.; national holiday), 2018
Outline: Participating municipalities will offers booths to show their local attractions, and Japan-oriented popular restaurants will collaborate and provide kitchen cars.


Date and time: October 26 (Fri.), 2018; Doors open: 18:30; Start of the event: 19:00
Outline: In collaboration between BEAMS, a select shop, and GQ, a fashion magazine, young actors and actresses will walk down a red-carpet runway and showcase a fashion show.


Date and time: October 28 (Sun.), 2018; Doors open: 17:00; Start of the event: 17:30 (admission is free for predetermined areas.)
Outline: Four groups of music artists of animation songs, who are internationally acclaimed stars, will showcase a concert.


Date and time: October 30 (Tue.), 2018; Doors open: 19:00; Start of the event: 19:30, etc.
Outline: A film titled “KING OF PRISM,” an audience-participation film that has raised public awareness of a new type of screening called “cheering films,” will be screened along with a special screening of works directed by the late director, Mr. Isao Takahata, who passed away in April 2018.


Date and time: November 2 (Fri.), 2018; Doors open: 17:00; Start of the event: 18:00 (admission is free.)
Outline: Eight famous game players inside and outside Japan will showcase an exhibition match of Dragon Ball FighterZ, a video game attracting people worldwide.


Date and time: November 3 (Sat.), 2018; From 10:00 to 18:00 (admission is free.)
Outline: This event will provide experience-based booths to explain official sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games: baseball, sport climbing and 3x3 basketball, and will hold a special-guest talk show.

Division in Charge

Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Burea

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