Tokyo International Film Festival
Over the ten days of the festival, ﬁlms from a variety of genres will be shown in several sections. One ﬁlm from the Competition section, a carefully chosen selection of premieres by talented ﬁrst-timers and recognized directors, will be awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix. The Competition section is garnering considerable attention from world ﬁlmmakers. Last year, there were 1,502 submissions from 98 countries and regions. The 24th winner of the Grand Prix was Untouchable (France), which later set a world record for attendance for a French language ﬁlm and was a long-running hit in Japan.
Since its inception, the Tokyo International Film Festival has been dedicated to discovering and cultivating new talent, and has contributed to the careers of countless international filmmakers. Past award winners include such directors as Michel Hazanavicius, whose 2011 film The Artist won five Academy Awards, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, who went on to win Academy Awards for Best Director for two consecutive years with Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in 2015 and The Revenant in 2016. Koji Fukada, whose work has also been featured several times in the festival, received the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival with Harmonium.