Tokyo Film Festival adds venues as large-scale in-person event

The Tokyo International Film Festival is to add new venues to this year’s event. This will be the first large-scale edition of the festival since the COVID pandemic.

The festival moved to the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Ginza area in 2021, after operating from Rpppongi district for many years. It operated as a real-world event, but hosted a few dozen foreign visitors, due to tight border controls.

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This year, border controls are slowly being lifted and organizers expect an increase in foreign guests at the festival. “We hope to host a spectacular opening event that will add color to Tokyo’s fall season,” they said in a statement.

The new Tokyo Takarazuka Theater will host the opening ceremony. The closing ceremony will take place at the Tokyo International Forum.

Three major cinemas, Toho Cinemas Hibiya, used only for the closing ceremony last year, Marunouchi Toei and Marunouchi Piccadilly will join the list of screening rooms last year – Kadokawa Cinema Yurakucho, Cine Switch Ginza, Humantrust Cinema Yurakucho, Toho Cinemas Sing and Yurakucho Yomiuri Hall. These will increase the number of film screenings.

The organizers also point to greater cooperation with businesses and local authorities in the Hibiya-Marunouchi district. These include Mitsui Fudosan and Mitsubishi Estate, Chiyoda City Council, and Zen-Ginza-kai Trade and Business Association.

The Tokyo festival is scheduled to run from October 24 to November 2, 2022. The TIFFCOM Marketplace, however, will operate as an online-only event.

The festivals also unveiled a poster image for this year. Created by famous fashion designer Koshino Junko, it is meant to illustrate the leap forward theme.

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