5th Okinawa International Movie Festival is a big deal
By Bill Charles
Theater lights are about to dim at three venues Saturday for the start to the 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival.
The festival begins Saturday afternoon and runs for eight full days at three theater locations in the Okinawa Convention Center, one at Sakurazaka Theater in Naha City, and in Chatan Town. All movies at the Okinawa Convention Center, and some of those at Sakurazaka Theater will be free.
LOVE & PEACE is the main concept for this year’s festival. Some movies are by special invitation, and others are entered in the competition. The main program collects films themed on the festival’s concept of “Laugh & Peace”, and again offers an extensive list of funny and peaceful films. The
selection of films from all over the world aims to produce a happy encounter with the world of movies.
The mission of film festival is to properly view the tidal stream of the world’s film industry and introduce them to the home audience. With the evolution of digital technology and diversification of devices such as smart phones and tablets, video expression nowadays has moved beyond the boundary of just films.
OIMF(Okinawa International Movie Festival) has showcased not only films but unique features that seek different ways of expression. Again OIMF will present the “Pachinko Movie Award 2013”. The unique video productions on Pachinko machines have been creating surprises as well-storied and nail-biting short movies.
The progress of digital technology has introduced video production to individuals. This made the festival’s decision to announce two new video competitions. “Creator’s Factory” will be developed as a rookie award style competition to discover the next generation’s creators and their talent. The three juries will be comedian and director Itsuji Itao, film director Kaze Shindo, and producer Kazuyoshi Okuyama, representing each genre to turn up new capabilities.
The “Niibichi Movie Festival” is a collaboration project with FM Yomitan to introduce sideshow videos made for weddings in Okinawa. This festival may be joined by anyone who wishes to give enjoyment and happiness to many. OIMF promises many emotional-filled works by the Okinawan people, and The Okinawa International Movie Festival hopes to give back to the movie culture of Japan by showcasing distinctive movies and by discovering unique creators.
Again this year for the “Special Invitation” division, OIMF has selected charming films – a lineup overflowing with variety – sure to earn fervent support from movie fans. “Special Invitation” offers many of yet Japan screened blockbusters and topic of interest movies from Hollywood films to Movie Festival related films. Not only comedy is included, but the festival will feature a strong lineup with a variety of unique films to enrich the festival.
Screened and well-received at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, “The Complex” is the first horror movie in six years by Hideo Nakata from “Ring”. In her way as a movie actress after graduating the idol group AKB48, Atsuko Maeda is the leading actress collecting the spotlight on her effortful performance. Screened at the worlds largest inflatable movie screen “Open Air Screen” is the “Jack the Giant Slayer” by Brian Singer from “X-men” series. We here welcome you to the nail-biting great adventure.
Also aired is “Jury”, the first directed short film by Kim Dong-ho the OIMF Organization Committee Honorary-Chairman and Busan Film Festival Honorary-Executive Committee.
Again multiple special invitation films will highlight the Okinawa International Movie Festival.
Special Invitation Movies
• The Complex
• Jack The Giant Slayer
This year’s Okinawa International Movie Festival program will offer four competition categories: 「Laugh Category・Peace Category」「Creator’s Factory」「Pachinko Movie Award」「Niibichi Film Festival」.
② Cha Cha for Twins
③ Geinin! THE MOVIE
⑥ Saranair Osekai
① 7 Days Report
② I AM THE KING!
④ Beasts of the Southern Wild
⑤ Naitara Akande Tsutenkaku
⑥ The Happy Life Of Debbie
⑦ THE DEATH MATCH : FIGHTING FIST OF SA
⑨ Jyokyo Monogatari
• Creator’s Factory
• Pachinko Movie Award
• Niibichi Film Festival
The “Local Origination Project”, which combines the two axis of “Community-based Movies” and the “JIMOT CM COMPETITION”, is back with even more power for a third time this year. As the Okinawa International Movie Festival reaches the milestone of its fifth year this year, OIMF seeks a better and deeper relationship with the people of Okinawa. In order to further appeal to the rest of Japan and the world the charms of Okinawa, OIMF has greatly increased the number of co-productions by the people of Okinawa in both the “Community-based Movies” and “JIMOT CM COMPETITION” categories.
① Retrospective Love
② Umisuzu Meshi
④ The Real Hardboiled Comedian Eiji
⑤ Niimi’s OTOGIBANASHI
⑦ DUTY CYBORG ITOMAN
⑧ Okinawan Language
⑨ Junon Shichun
⑩ King of Entertainer
⑪ THE BOOM: A Tale of Shima Uta
⑫ BLUE BIRD
“JIMOT CM COMPETITION”
“Community-based Movies” involves the co-production with local residents of films which show off the information, lives, and legends of their regions, as well as regional industries, products and tourist information, in a way that is unique to their region.
This year, the area has been expanded even more, with co-productions already decided with the 6