We will screen "Erica 38" (Starring: Miyoko Asada), Kirin Kiki’s last work before passing away in September 2018.
The production of the film was announced at the Okinawa International Movie Festival 2 years ago, and was submitted to 20 film festivals around the world.
Directors and casts of hit movies throughout Asia will also attend their film screening, including those of "Violence Voyager" (Director: Ujicha), the world’s first full-length gekimation film which will be released in May.
In the Special Screenings category, we have prepared a variety of "Love and Peace" films that are sure to help you enjoy this year’s OIMF.
TV DIRECTOR’S MOVIE
This category began from the 2nd OIMF, with television stations teaming up with Yoshimoto Kogyo on productions.
This year, Yoshimoto entertainers and film creators have teamed up to produce 9 films for screening with 9 stations : NHK, NTV, TBS, Fuji TV, TV Asahi, TV Tokyo, Yomiuri Television, Mainichi Broadcasting, and Asahi Broadcasting.
The category is also popular for the number of special guests who come to participate at the Festival every year.
Japanese Comedy, World Comedy
Continuing since the 1st Festival, the "Japanese Comedy, World Comedy" category focuses on "Laughs".
Works will be screened from the unique perspective of director, editor, and writer, Tetsuo Takahira.
Sakurazaka Film College
"Sakurazaka Film College" invites special guests to propose new ideas on how to watch movies.
A number of events are planned this year at the Sakurazaka Theater.
Okinawa Historical Movies
The nostalgic landscapes, culture and customs of Okinawa, captured on film. This program introduces the history of Okinawa, as seen through movies and images. This year we plan to screen films depicted from the viewpoint of "women" among numerous works set in Okinawa and digitally restored 8 mm photographs taken by ordinary people in Okinawa.
Local Origination Project Films
This project fulfills the strong desire of local people to tell everyone throughout Japan about the various charms of where they live and revitalize their communities through film.
With the participation of everyone in the community in the overall film production, from writing the scripts to performing in the movies, we will share the enjoyment of making something, the delight and the love of one’s home through these films that are produced with the help of Yoshimoto Kogyo.
This started at the 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival with the aim of discovering and supporting the development of the next generation film makers under 25 years old.
In the "Creators Factory 2018 U-25 Competition", works that pass the primary review from amongst the entrants will be screened, then there will be a public judging, followed by the selection of Grand Prix and special Jury Award (multiple) winners.
The winners will receive prize money worth a total of 1 million yen to help pay for the production of their next film. Also, we will have a movie workshop in 2020, and will fully back up the commercial movie debut of the most talented creators.
The jury for the video competition includes well known experts involved in media in Japan and overseas, such as directors, producers, and screenwriters.
What new talent will be unearthed this year? We hope you will look forward to it.
Naha Kokusai Dori Red Carpet
A “Red Carpet” event will be held on Sunday, April 21 at 12:00 – 14:30, as the crowning event of the festival.
The event will be on a grand scale, with invitations to many performers and others associated with participating films, event stars, and film festival officials.
This year’s opening ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 17:00 – 19:30.Feature screenings and program highlights will be introduced.
A Closing Ceremony will be held on the final day of the festival.This will draw the festival to a close, with the presentation of various awards.
SDGs x Yoshimoto Kogyo: New Films Series 3
The third series of new collaborative films between SDGs and Yoshimoto Kogyo will be screened at each venue, in OIMF’s attempt to increase awareness of the SDGs initiative.
So da! Dondon Ganbaro! Stamp Rally
A personality stamp rally will again be held at this year’s 10th Okinawa International Movie Festival, to help people to learn about “SDGs” as part of a game.The 17 goals of the “SDGs” are replaced with “familiar things” to help children learn more about them, enjoying the fun of collecting all of the personality’s stamps as part of an “SDGs” game.Small prizes are also provided for those that collect all of the stamps.
Cross-lingual Escape Game
A new kind of escape game incorporating sign language, written communication and sound in puzzle solving, the goal of which is to escape the room by means of conveying the messages to each other.
People who can hear will team up with deaf and hearing-impaired people, who speak "different languages" — sign language or spoken language, and will together solve puzzles that cannot be solved without hearing the sound or without knowing sign language.
We are collaborating with "Igengo Lab.", a general incorporated association that has organized various workshops and cross-lingual escape games. The event will be a special version attended by numerous popular comedians.
JIMOT CM REPUBLIC
"JIMOT CM REPUBLIC" is a project whereby we create commercials based on commercial proposals entered into the contest through social media by the original proposers and local residents. The aim of these commercials is to show the continuous beauty of each region.
Under the title "JIMOT CM REPUBLIC", this program will be held like last year to (1) set the theme of SDGs, and (2) use social media for collecting entries.
The purpose of exciting local regions hasn’t changed, and the categories of "46 Prefectures", "41 Okinawa Municipalities" and "Overseas" remain unchanged.
In the "Laugh & Peace Town", we will strive to raise the satisfaction level of visitors as well as exhibiting companies by holding many new participatory programs such as shows by artists or in-venue excursions in collaboration with companies and associations.
Since last year, we have shifted our venue to the Shintoshin Park "Oharappa".
Together with the people of Okinawa Prefecture and our friendship partners, we will strive to offer programs involving greater participation and create a space that is always bustling and never boring!
Okinawa’s Local Strengths Leading to a Better Future
The Okinawa International Movie Festival is an event that celebrates not only movies but various forms of entertainment. This year we have lined up a variety of programs, such as comedy, music, and dance, to entertain people of all ages.
In the "Closing Live Performance", the All the Islands Okinawa Band led by Kariyushi 58 will bring back last year’s frenetic performance that can be joined by all residents of the prefecture.
Yoshimoto Sports Park in Naha Shintoshin Park
Okinawa Prefecture aims to be a sports island with diverse opportunities for sports.
We will provide a platform for men and women of all ages to discover the joy of being active and increase health awareness. During the Okinawa International Movie Festival, we will organize events that provide the residents of Okinawa with opportunities to enjoy sports and become healthier, through diverse sporting and entertainment activities.
We will also seek help from sports-related companies in the prefecture to create a collaborative event with the prefecture.
A School to Have Fun: Laugh & Peace Entertainment School Okinawa
Laugh & Peace Entertainment School was established by Yoshimoto Kogyo in April 2018 and opened its first accredited school, Laugh & Peace Entertainment School Okinawa.
The company plans to make All the Islands a base for innovation in entertainment by giving Okinawan children a chance to dream and know the joy of working in the field of entertainment, and nurturing a diverse range of talents.
In recent years, ”workshops” have been gathering attention as a new space for children’s learning and creativity.
Some original, outstanding workshop programs that have evolved with distinct styles have been held throughout Japan, stimulating children’s creativity and expressive capacities.
The workshop collection is an expo event that gathers workshops for children scattered across the country into one place and introduces them to the public, with the goal to popularize and develop workshop programs for children nation-wide.
During last year’s Okinawa International Movie Festival, we held an outdoor photography exhibition “colors of OKINAWA” at Tenkubashi located in Naha city’s Shintoshin Park, displaying the work of local photographers as part of a public art project. The images of Okinawa shot by 18 photographers with connections to Okinawa captured with unique perspectives attracted many viewers from Okinawa, Japan, and overseas. Many people appreciated the beauty of Okinawa taken from various angles.
Following the same approach used last year as a public art project in Shintoshin Park, we are holding Naha Shintoshin Park Public Art Exhibition 2019 entitled “NAHA 530 ART” (Naha Garbage Free Art).