Japanese Film Festival 2019

The 23rd Japanese Film Festival is currently touring to 15 cities in 19 venues across Australia, delivering 45 films in four program streams: JFF Main Program, JFF Regional, JFF Classics, and JFF Fringe.

2019 Festival Team
Yurika Sugie (Manager)
Susan Bui (Programmer)
Simonne Goran (Programmer)
Anne Lee (Programmer)
Aurora Newton (Programmer)
Mai Le (Assistant)

History and Background

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.

In 2018, the Festival celebrated its 22nd year with an audience of 30,000 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 audiences to enjoy Japanese traditional and pop culture.

JFF Australia is part of JFF Asia-Pacific Platform initiated by The Japan Foundation Head Office based in Tokyo. This initiative aims to support and grow interest in Japanese films and cinema culture throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia.

Presenting Body

The Japan Foundation, Sydney is the Australian arm of The Japan Foundation, a non-profit cultural organisation which was established by the Japanese government to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and other nations. We run a diverse range of programs and events, including exhibitions, talk events, grant programs and Japanese language courses.

Located in Sydney’s Central Park, The Japan Foundation Gallery exhibits Japan-related works throughout the year, from traditional through to contemporary pieces. Our library collection holds over 17,000 Japan-related items and provides a quiet reading and learning space overlooking Chippendale Green.

The Japan Foundation, Sydney consists of three key departments: Arts and Culture, Japanese Language Education, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. Our current Director is Mr Yoshihiro Wada.

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 in Tokyo and has expanded to a global network of 25 offices in 24 countries. The Australian office was established in 1978.

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