The Japanese Film Festival in Australia (JFF) is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. The JFF started in 1997 with three free film screenings by former Festival Director Masafumi Konomi, and is now one of the largest celebrations of Japanese films in the world.
Last year, the Festival celebrated its 20th year with an audience of 26,100 Australia-wide. The Festival has enjoyed great success over the years, with the opportunity to showcase a vast variety of cinematic delights from 35mm film classics to newly released titles currently screening in Japan. JFF brings out special guests from Japan for Q&A evenings and film screenings, as well as programs events for audience to enjoy Japanese traditional and pop culture.
JFF Australia is part of JFF Asia-Pacific Platform initiated by The Japan Foundation Asia Center based in Tokyo. This initiative aims to support and grow interest in Japanese films and cinema culture throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney is the Australian branch of the Japan Foundation: a Japanese government body dedicated to the promotion of cultural, artistic, and intellectual exchange between Japan and other nations. The Japan Foundation, Sydney presents a diverse range of programs and events, including exhibitions, grant programs, and Japanese language courses for all levels from beginner to advanced. The Japan Foundation, Sydney also offers the public free access to the comprehensive library of literature, manga, and film, as well as a gallery space dedicated to Japanese arts and culture. Founded in 1972, The Japan Foundation is now a global network of 24 offices in 23 countries. The Australian office was founded in 1978, and is currently located in Central Park, Chippendale.