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By Shaibu Husseini
27 August 2023   |   1:42 am
The 36th edition of Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will hold from October 23 to November 1, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. This year marks the 120th anniversary of Ozu Yasujiros birth, and TIFF will celebrate his enduring achievements during the festival.

36th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) Begins October 23
The 36th edition of Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will hold from October 23 to November 1, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. This year marks the 120th anniversary of Ozu Yasujiros birth, and TIFF will celebrate his enduring achievements during the festival. The poster of this edition was designed to pay tribute to one of Ozus masterpieces, Tokyo Story, and features actor/filmmaker Okuda Eiji and his daughter, filmmaker Ando Momoko, representing the relationship between Ryu Chishu and Hara Setsuko in the film. The image was shot on the rooftop garden of Kitte Marunouchi Building, with Tokyo stations domes in the background. The visuals were created by Japanese fashion designer Koshino Junko, who has designed TIFFs visuals since 2021. The posters, which were first displayed at theatres from August 18, will continue to be on display until the end of festival. Ando Momoko has also been appointed Festival Navigator, formerly known as Festival Ambassador, for the 36th TIFF. Throughout her career, Ando has been deeply committed to the film industry. Beginning as a filmmaker (Kakera: Pieces of Our Life; 0.5mm), she now also operates an arthouse cinema in Kochi Prefecture, and organises film festivals there. Ando will “navigate” the audience by suggesting highlights and cant-miss features at the festival. The 36th TIFF opening ceremony will take place at the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, as it did last year, while the closing ceremony will be held at Toho Cinemas Hibiya.

Top Financial Institutions To Storm Lagos International Film Festival
THE Central Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria will lead a phalanx of financial regulators, bankers, investors and others to Lagos International Film Festival on August 30, 2023 at the exquisite Oriental Hotels Victoria Island Lagos. Organisers of the festival say close to N 1 trillion will assemble under one roof within the framework of a technical workshop to discuss Financing and Risk Mitigation strategies for the creative industry. “This is why we are focusing on partnerships this year. There cannot be meaningful growth without adequate capital. This capital is clearly available as the workshop will demonstrate. What is more important is how to secure this funding and even importantly ensure that these monies return to the pool for further circulation “ Daisy Madu-Chikwendu LIFF Festival Director explained. LIFF ‘23 will hold from Wednesday, August 30, to Saturday, September 3, 2023.

Berlinale Coproduction Market Calls For Film And Series
UNTIL September 21, 2023, experienced producers from all over the world can submit new feature film projects in need of co-producers and financiers for the 21st edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 17-21, 2024). By the end of this year, market curator Martina Bleis and her team will choose approximately 20 feature film projects from all the submissions and confirm them for the official selection. The projects overall budgets may range from one to 20 million euros, and at least 30 per cent of the financing or production funding should be secured from the projects native country prior to selection. There are some exceptions to this ruling for projects with lower budgets or a smaller share of funding in place. For instance, the minimum budget for some countries is only €600,000 to better reflect production realities there, and to support countries from World Cinema Fund-supported regions as well as other countries in Southeast Europe. Directors whose previous films have been screened at the Berlinale and Ukrainian production companies with recent co-production credits are also entitled to submit films without funding in place. Until September 4, up-and-coming producers can also apply for the 10 places in the Talent Project Market in cooperation with Berlinale Talents.

Also, up until October 5, international producers can also apply for the 10th edition of the highly sought-after Co-Pro Series Pitch, where they can present their new drama series projects to several hundred suitable co-producers and financiers and thus follow in the footsteps of successful Co-Pro Series projects such as Babylon Berlin, Blackport, Trom, Freud or Eldorado KaDeWe At the Berlinale Co-Production Market, meetings are tailored for all the selected feature film and series projects, facilitating contacts with suitable co-producers, financiers, world sales agents, distributors, TV stations and representatives of film funding bodies that are interested. Over 1,500 individually scheduled meetings are held every year. Producers and financiers looking for promising projects such as the ones selected here, and wishing to enter concrete negotiations and initiate co-productions, can apply for participation as from November 2023. Over 350 international feature film projects and more than 20 series selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market in previous years have already been realised successfully. Lillah Halla’s Levante and Vladimir Perišič’s Lost Country won prizes at Cannes, while Olga Chajdas’ Imago received an award in Karlovy Vary. Holly by Fien Troch will premiere in the Venice Competition in September. The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a Berlinale Pro* initiative of Berlin International Film Festival and is supported by MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the European Unions Creative Europe – MEDIA programme. Online forms and further information about submitting projects in 2023 can be found at www.berlinale-coproductionmarket.de