Sixth Japanese Serbian Film Festival takes place from October 29 through 31 in Belgrade

/ / News / 29. 10. 2019.

The sixth edition of the Japanese Serbian Film Festival (JSFF) begins today, October 29, with an opening ceremony at the Yugoslav Film Archive (1 Uzun Mirkova Street) starting from 6 PM. This year’s event will also take place on November 2 and 3 in Novi Sad and Tokyo.

The festival will be opened by jury members Sandra Perović, programming director at RTS, and Hako Oshima, a renowned Japanese actress with formidable international experience and participant in the official selection at the 64th Cannes Film Festival with ‘Hanezu no tsuki’.

Creators and Creations – educational and entertaining content

The visitors will see a collection of the latest short movies as selected by Marko Grba and other experienced and talented directors from both countries. In addition, they will attend many cultural, educational and entertaining events under the slogan Creators and Creations, which are becoming an ever-increasing part of the festival.

On October 29, starting from 6 PM, the audience will enjoy The Pillow Book exhibition by the young street artist TKV, and a butoh performance by Marco Nektan. This is followed by a film section and the ‘Man and Machine’ panel.

Day two: Official selection 8 – 10:30 PM

The second day of the festival (October 30) will begin with the Oracle Media Summit, led by Ognjen Petković who was twice awarded by the Japanese jury. The young directors’ conclusions from the panel will be presented by the moderator at the Oracle Media Panel starting from 4 PM.

The art program begins at 6 PM, when the attendees will enjoy Nitrate, a film by Ryuichi Takayama who teaches at Tokyo Polytechnic University, while the top floor of the Yugoslav Film Archive will host Marco Nektan’s workshop Challenging Creation. In the atrium of the Yugoslav Film Archive, the author of The Pillow Book exhibition, TKV, will host an open performance entitled The Process of Creation, while the representatives from the NS2021 Foundation (Novi Sad – the Capital of Culture 2021) will host a discussion on the link between Japanese and Serbian culture. The busy festival day ends with a film section 8–10:30 PM.

Day three: Panels on Japan, third film section, winner announcement

On the final day of the festival (October 31), the visitors will learn more about Japan and the experience of those who have worked on connecting these two cultures. This is followed by a new, non-competition JSFF section comprising international films related to this year’s theme, Creators and Creations. Before the winner announcement, the audience will enjoy the final film selection, as well as the Author and Creation panel.

The daily ticket is 200 dinars, while The Pillow Book exhibition, the Process of Creation performance and the Challenging Creation workshop are free of charge. Taking into account that the number of seats for the Oracle Media panel is limited, please register at (admission is free).

To see the full program and learn more about JSFF, visit the Facebook pages:
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See you at the Japanese Serbian Film Festival!

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