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Tokyo International Film Festival Wrap

 By Liza Forman


Tokyo International Film Festival Winners 2010/


At this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (October 23-31, 2010),

Intimate Grammar took home the $50,000 Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix -- the second time Israeli director Nir Bergman has won the main award.

Bergman’sBroken Wings also took the mainprize at TIFF in 2002, making him the only director to win it twice. 

98-year-old Japanese director, Kaneto Shindo won the special jury prize, for POST CARD, a film about the effects of WWII on the citizens of arural Japanese community.

Gilles Paquet-Brenner won the Best Director Award for Sarah's Key– a true story of the wartime persecution of French Jews. Film also won the Audience Award on Saturday evening

“Thank you very much! Now I can pay my taxes!” Frenchman Paquet-Brenner told the audience on saturday at a small ceremony that had been switched to a different venue due to a typhoon sweeping past Tokyo. “I think the past is very important because we need the past to build our future. Therefore, it really means a lotto me that the Japanese audience enjoyed this film and chose it for this award.” 

Fan Bingbing took the Best Actress Award for her role in BuddhaMountain, Li Yu’s filmthat also won the Award for Best Artistic Contribution.

Chinasaw further success with Wang Qianyuanwinning the Best Actor Award for The Piano in a Factory.

Koreandirector Shin Su-won won theBest Asian-Middle Eastern Film Award for Passerby #3, while Koji Fukada took the Japanese Eyes,Best Picture Award with hospitalité.

At theclosing ceremony TIFF chairman Tom Yodapraised the growing strength of the festival’s market TIFFCOM, as well asexpressing his gratitude to competition jury president Neil Jordan.

“The four themes of TIFF are link, quality, chance and innovation;we want to keep making the festival stronger using these concepts,” said Yoda.

 TIFFCOM Market 2010 Wrap-up Report


Ø  Number of Exhibitors : 222 (212)  4% increase from 2009

Ø  National Pavillions : Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan, The Phillippines,Malaysia

Ø  Number of Exhibitors Countries /Regions : 21 ( 18, 2009)

Ø  International Country Breakdown/Most Participants: Korea, China,Thailand

Ø  Number of New Exhibitors from Overseas : 40

Ø  Number of New Exhibitors from Domestic : 14

Ø  Countries participating for the first time: Denmark, Iran, Singapore


Ø  Total Number of Visitors : 21095 (20185) 4% increase on 2009

Ø  Number of Registrations : 4162( 4037)  3 percent increase on 2009

Ø  Registration from 55 Countries/Regions ( 47) five percent increase on2009.




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