Filmmaker Taymor is president of the Tokyo International Filmfest jury | The Guardian Nigeria News

The organizers of the 2022 Tokyo International Film Festival have named renowned opera and film director Julie Taymor as the jury president for the 35th TIFF International Competition. Taymor has gained worldwide recognition through his work, such as the musical The Lion King, which played continuously for 25 years in over 100 cities in 20 countries, and the acclaimed films Titus (1999), Frida (2002), Across the Universe (2007) and Les Gloria (2020). Taymor will be the second woman head of jury in a row, after Isabelle Huppert, last year. The other four members of the jury would be named later. They will evaluate the 15 films selected for the Competition section from around the world. TIFF President Ando Hiroyasu, expressed his delight that Taymor had accepted the invitation, “Ms. Taymor has made not only musical theater but also many excellent films. She has a particularly strong connection to Japan, having studied traditional Ningyo Joruri puppet theater here as a student and later applying it to her own works.

She is also a big fan of Kurosawa Akira and is the perfect candidate for Jury Chair this year as we relaunch the Kurosawa Akira Award. For Julie Taymor, it is such an honor to be named president of the jury of such a prestigious festival as TIFF. “The arts are the beacon that brings us out of chaos, paving the way. In a dark theater, the images that shimmer before us draw us both deep into and also out of ourselves, our isolated and unique selves. Hang on to movie theatres, those palaces that bring us together to cross the boundaries of what we don’t know at all, what we think we know and what we have personally experienced. Become the life and loves of others and let them inspire and torment you. It is a great honor to come to Japan to preside over the international competition jury for the 35th TIFF,” she said. The 35th TIFF will feature physical screenings and a variety of related events in the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Marunouchi-Ginza district of Tokyo from October 24 to November 2, 2022. For the first time in three years, the 10-day festival will will open with a red carpet event.

… unveils the full range
The organizers of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) have unveiled the full line-up and other highlights for its 35th edition at a press conference held at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, one of the festival’s main venues. The 35th TIFF will feature physical screenings and a variety of related events in the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Marunouchi-Ginza district of Tokyo from October 24 to November 2, 2022. For the first time in three years, the 10-day festival will will open with a red carpet event. There will be a TIFF show featuring discussion sessions between leading authors from Asia and beyond, co-presented for the third year by the Japan Foundation and TIFF. There will also be panel discussions related to the Super Sentai tokusatsu franchise, special discussion sessions by creative force Kawamura Genki, and a TIFF Teens anniversary session with key writers who have served as mentors over the past five years. Alongside the screening of Klondike (Ukraine, Turkey) by Maryna Er Gorbach, in the World Focus section, TIFF will collect contributions for Ukraine in theaters. The 35th TIFF will be held from October 24 to November 2, 2022 in the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Marunouchi-Ginza area and other locations in Tokyo. Complete program of the 35th TIFF: https://2022.tiff-jp.net/en/

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: WCF Europe Funding Recommendations
THE Berlinale World Cinema held its final jury meeting which resulted in three funding recommendations for the WCF Europe program. According to the WCF Secretariat, a total of 216 projects from 55 countries applied for the current funding round – including the funding recommendations already announced. The recommendations now include funds totaling €449,000. The members of the WCF juries are documentary film producer and documentary creation consultant Marta Andreu (Spain), producer Zsuzsanna Kiràly (Germany / Austria), film specialist and curator Viola Shafik (Germany / Egypt), producer, director of the pan-African film festival FESPACO and the Berlin Afrikamera festival, Alex Moussa Sawadogo (Burkina Faso), Berlinale delegate for sub-Saharan Africa Dorothee Wenner (Germany) and Vincenzo Bugno (Italy/Germany), the head of the WCF. Funding recommendations WCF Europe went to El Castillo, director: Martín Benchimol (Argentina). Production: Gema Films (Argentina), Gema Juárez Allen and Sister Productions (France), Julie Paratian. Documentary form. Funding: €25,000. The second funding recommendation went to Crocodile Tears, director: Tumpal Tampubolon (Indonesia). Production: Tanakhir Film (Indonesia), Mandy Marahimin, 2Pilots Filmproduktion GmbH (Germany), Harry Flöter and Acrobates Films (France), Claire Lajoumard. Feature film. Funding: €40,000. The project was also presented to the “Talent Project Market” in 2022. The third funding recommendation went to Hijo Mayor, director: Cecilia Kang (Argentina). Production: Tarea Fina (Argentina), Juan Pablo Miller and In Vivo Films (France), Claire Charles-Gervais. Feature film. Funding: €40,000

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