Dates Set for TIFF and TIFFCOM 2020.

33rd TIFF: Oct. 31 – Nov. 9, 2020 At Roppongi Hills and Hibiya area

TIFFCOM2020: Nov. 4 – 6, 2020 At The Prince Park Tower Tokyo

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and TIFFCOM2020 -the Marketplace for Film and TV in Asia- have announced 2020 dates for the festival and market. The 33rd TIFF will be held for 10 days from October 31 (Sat.) through November 9 (Mon.) at Roppongi Hills, the Hibiya area and other venues in Tokyo; while TIFFCOM will be held for 3 days from November 4 (Wed.) through 6 (Fri.) at a new venue, The Prince Park Tower Tokyo. TIFF and TIFFCOM will strengthen their collaboration, creating new fall colors with film, since they are running during the same period at venues that are within walking distance from each other in central Tokyo.

“This year’s Tokyo International Film Festival will deepen communications with other countries like never before, during this year of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics,” commented TIFF Chairman Hiroyasu Ando. “Focusing on cooperation with TIFFCOM, which will once again be held at the same time as TIFF, we would like to enrich the festival’s content. We look forward to welcoming you to the 33rd TIFF.”

TIFFCOM CEO Yasushi Shiina commented: “TIFFCOM2019 welcomed participants from 56 countries/regions around the world, and it’s growing bigger and bigger every year. Marking our 17th year in 2020, TIFFCOM will move to a new venue closer to the festival. TIFFCOM will continue developing as a marketplace for the latest comprehensive audiovisual projects and products, and an ever-expanding global network.”


See you in Tokyo in 2020!
33rd Tokyo International Film Festival
Date: October 31 (Sat.) – November 9 (Mon.), 2020
Venues: Roppongi Hills, Hibiya area and other venues in Tokyo
Official Website: www.tiff-jp.net
*Film submissions for the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival will be accepted from April-July 2020.

TIFFCOM2020
Date: November 4 (Wed.) – 6 (Fri.), 2020
Venues: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
Official Website: www.jcs.tokyo/en/

The First-Ever Meeting between Director Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho! Busan International Film Festival 2013 Open Talk [When Tarantino Met Bong Joon Ho]

On Feb 9 at the 92nd Academy Awards, Parasite by director Bong Joon Ho won the best picture, director, international feature, and original screenplay!
During his acceptance speech, he thanked director Quentin Tarantino for always including Bong Joon Ho’s film on lists of his favorites.
Actually, these two directors first met in 2013, when director Tarantino made a visit to the 18th Busan International Film Festival to meet with director Bong.
Congratulations to director Bong Joon Ho on making history and hope everyone enjoys this footage of the two great directors!

Wonderfruit inspires positive impact once again, welcoming thousands to a pop-up city where the embers of creativity are fanned and plastic is banned

 Wonderfruit, Thailand’s pioneering celebration of art, music, food and ideas, successfully turned this edition’s idealistic pop-up city into a meaningful and sustainable reality to inspire its crowd who turned out to The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya. By demonstrating the power of positive contribution, around 15,000 Wonderers from all over the world had a chance to experiment with and explore the sustainable lifestyle at Wonderfruit, where eco-friendly solutions and inspiring encounters brought people together through six diverse and creative pillars – art & architecture, music, farm to feasts, talks & workshops, family and wellness.

“By reimagining all aspects of our pop-up city’s infrastructure in innovative and effective ways, we successfully extended our commitment to sustainability in this edition of Wonderfruit,” says Wonderfruit founder, Pranitan “Pete” Phornprapha. “By highlighting our new rule of no single-use cups in The Fields, we are moving further towards our zero-waste goal. And by bringing a range of new and inspiring experiences for Wonderers to explore, we aim to catalyze a platform where these experiences act as small festivals within The Fields to encourage everyone to contribute in a positive way.”

As sustainability is always at the heart of Wonderfruit, all elements in every edition of the festival are based on its bold environmental goals. This year, from the outset, the festival allowed Wonderers to contribute to carbon footprint offsets by calculating the amount of carbon dioxide they released based on their travel choices and by supporting the reforestation of Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage. On arrival at the festival, they became a part of a sustainable pop-up city where the no single-use plastic cup policy was successfully implemented for the first time. Wonderers were encouraged to bring their own cups and bottles for on-site usage, with refill stations and cleaning spots provided across the site for their convenience.

This year— on top of aiming to be a carbon-neutral festival — Wonderfruit also applied a sustainable waste management policy, where festival waste was considered, separated and leveraged to ensure the most effective methods of sustainable management and usage. Based on the Circular Economy concept, 95% of the waste produced at the festival was diverted from landfill, delivered instead to industry partners to be used as a resource. Food waste and biodegradable containers were composted on-site, for use in the farmlands surrounding the venue. Wonderfruit Tetra Pak water containers were recycled to create roof tiles and eco-boards for local communities. Meanwhile, recyclables and non-recyclables were given second lives as new creations, with the latter producing alternative fuels to substitute coal and fossil fuel producing kilns. Coconuts were also decomposed naturally at the onsite resource management center.

In addition to its extended commitment to sustainability, Wonderfruit as always curated an endless list of one-of-a-kind experiences for Wonderers to explore. This year, the new iconic venue Living Village – with its unique design concept of human senses combined with upcycled and recycled materials – brought Wonderers together to explore a wider Wonderfruit experience through one living place of music, workshops, food and drinks, and experiences in a community ambience. The latest artist platform Creature Stage with Indorama Ventures, featuring a decorative fabric made from colorful recycled PET fiber, enlightened Wonderers with the stunning performances of top acts from all over the world, including GoGo Penguin, Beardyman, The Turbans, etc.

This year’s music experience was highlighted by Musicity, a global music project in which artists under England’s Erased Tapes teamed up with local artists to bring musical interpretations of Bangkok landmarks to perform in The Fields for the first time at Theatre Stage. Other unforgettable music experiences came from the iconic highlight venue for sunrise and sunset, Solar Stage by Gregg Fleishman, which provided shady spaces for Wonderers to enjoy the tunes of Acid Pauli, Daddy G (massive attack), Gidge, Floating Points, Four Tet and more.

Polygon and its eclectic line-up mesmerized Wonderers with a 360-degree experience of sound and visuals featuring various international DJs including Timboletti, Be Svendsen, Viken Arman, Spaniol and more. The Quarry offered a genre-defying and experimental curation of “Collisions” by Craig Richards with Bobby., Felix Dickinson, Willow, DOTT, Sonja Moonear and moreplaying frombehind a motion-graphic screen.Always filled with Wonderers dancing the night away, Forbidden Fruit was the place to be as artists from across the world took over the stage, led by LGBTQ party promoter Go Grrrls Crew and friends, the French phenomenon Ed Banger Records and Rainbow Disco Club festival from Japan. Neramit prepared a range of musical selections with a takeover by ZudRangMa Records, while SOT got Wonderers in party mode with a bombastic lineup of Def Jam Thailand artists; Red Bull 3Style-winning DJs, and top urban artists.

Designed by Ab Rogers, the Theatre of Feasts told stories of sustainability through new and intriguing dishes. All the menus combined local ingredients with innovative ideas to mesmerize Wonderers through unique dining experiences by award-winning chefs, namely bo.lan x Rishi Naleendra, 80/20, DK from Haoma restaurant, and three lady chefs from Koei Trang from Trang, Tanya’s Homemade Eatery from Hua Hin and Blackitch from Chiang Mai. In the Wonder Kitchen, Chef Num from Samuay and Sons, Udon Thani, led Wonderers to explore modern Isaan dishes based on local wisdom, while Chef Randy from Fillets at Lang Suan created impressive omakase courses using locally-sourced seafood.

At Eco PavilionScratch Talks brought Wonderers to explore new perspectives through inspiring stories, experiences and ideas from thought leaders from all over the world under the themes LIVE, LOVE and WONDER. Highlight panels included Weed Legalisation 101; Innovating Alternative Proteins, and The Great Plastic Debate.

Wonderers rejuvenated their minds, bodies and souls through various traditional and contemporary wellness workshops at Wonderness includingYam Khang, an authentic Thai Lanna therapy which implements fire into its massage; a sound bath featuring gongs to combine physical and mental therapy, as well as Buddhist meditation. The festival also incorporated Andean Amazonian Culture in a herbal treatment based on local South American wisdom, alongside Kava Ceremonies – a medical ritual utilizing natural methods of the Pacific Islands – and modern types of exercise such as Thai Dancercise: the combination of Thai traditional dance, meditation, and breathwork to invigorate.

As for little Wonderers, they could enjoy new adventures with their parents at Camp Wonder. At a kid-sized stage, children’s music bands showed off their best performances. Kids also learnt more about animal life through a guided farm tour and could exercise their imagination by painting with colors made from nearby natural materials.

“Wonderfruit is a truly brand-new experience to me. As a person who is interested in sustainability and aware of impact that people can create to the world, I’ve been offered an opportunity to explore, learn and exchange ideas with diverse groups of people about well-being, environmental issues and sustainability development through many fun and interesting activities. Here too, I also discovered the method for self-management, in order to minimize negative impact and maximize positive impact directly and indirectly, further inspiring me to create a positive impact on the world.”

Chayanit Vivatthanavanich, a Wonderfruit attendee


The sixth celebration of Wonderfruit is now complete. By offering a range of new ideas and experiences, Wonderfruit really hopes that Wonderers will keep these unforgettable experiences in their hearts and stay inspired to spark positive impacts for the world in their daily lives.

Prepare yourself for the next journey with #Wonderfruit2020 in December at The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya. For further information and the next phase of tickets, please visit www.wonderfruit.co.

16TH UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF LITERATURE IN ENCOURAGING UNDERSTANDING AND CREATING SOCIAL CHANGE

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has successfully delivered its 16th year, with inspiring stories, bold ideas and brave voices at the forefront of its 170+ events held across Ubud and Bali from 23–27 October. UWRF today announced the dates for its 17th year: 28 October to 1 November 2020.

In our fast-paced digital age, this year’s festival highlighted the importance of literature and storytelling in encouraging understanding and creating social change. Through the lens of its theme, Karma, the Festival became a hub of crucial conversations and powerful performances.

More than 180 authors, activists, and journalists from across Indonesia and 29 other countries shared diverse perspectives on some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as refugee rights, the environment, mental health, migration, disability access, fake news, and feminism.

UWRF’s role as a major annual injection for local businesses during the low season was strengthened, with an audience of approximately 25,000 spendings an estimated USD272. Further, 85% of attendees traveled to Ubud specifically for the Festival, highlighting its role as a major drawcard for cultural tourism.

The Festival’s renowned diversity of speakers and topics was exemplified by celebrated UK food writer and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi. Commenting on the political nature of food he enthused, “Let’s discuss it, let’s have a conversation, let’s talk about the difficult topics. I think food is a great way to bridge chasms between people.”

One of UWRF19’s many highlights was the standing ovation for Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer and political prisoner Behrouz Boochani, who appeared on Livestream from Port Moresby, while his translator Omid Tofighian joined the conversation from the Festival Hub. “All of my work is an act of resistance. [I write] to keep my dignity as a human,” Boochani contended.

During a panel examining the vital role of translation, Tofighian stated, “Storytelling isn’t something that just reflects or reveals a reality, but is something that can transform it.”

The importance of sharing stories for social impact was also expressed by Balinese children and teen’s book author Debby Lukito Goeyardi, who commented, “For me, as a literacy activist, books are a tool for kindness.”

The role books and literature play in the fight against fake news was addressed by Indonesian writer and journalist Stanley Widianto. During an in-depth look at Indonesia’s social media landscape and a journalism industry swimming with hoaxes, he implored the audience to, “Just read. Read a lot of books. The only way to counter fake news is literacy.”

With parts of Indonesia’s environment under severe threat, the Precious Peatlands panel – supported by Pantau Gambut and WRI Indonesia – explored how literature can connect readers with nature. Balinese poet, activist and academic Saras Dewi stated, “Literature becomes a powerful instrument to present nature as a subject, not just as a backdrop.”

With 40% of UWRF’s audience in the millennial age bracket, sessions directly concerning young people, such as Reading in the Age of Instagram and Millennial Memoir, proved popular. During the latter award-winning Australian author Bri Lee shared firm advice: “If you’re going to write first-person content don’t waste people’s time unless you’re willing to be real about it.”

In a Festival first, the realities of living with disability and how arts events can be made accessible were presented by Australian memoirist and appearance activist Carly Findlay, during a workshop for Bali’s arts managers. Findlay commented, “It was wonderful and difficult, as disability is seen as an offensive word in Indonesian culture. How do we break down the stigma – both for disabled and non-disabled people?”

“In January this year, UWRF was named one of the world’s five best literary festivals for 2019 by The Telegraph,” commented UWRF Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe. “After countless conversations during the Festival, and after reading hundreds of messages from speakers and audience members, I strongly feel that what we delivered in our 16th year was like no other literary event in the world.

“UWRF is unique in many ways, but perhaps the most resounding aspect of our uniqueness is the generosity we receive from so many different individuals, businesses, and organizations. 180 partners helped us deliver UWRF19. On behalf of the Festival team, I thank each and every one of them, as well as all speakers, volunteers, and audience members who helped bring our 16th year to life. We look forward to welcoming you back next year from 28 October to 1 November!”

More Information

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2019

The 16th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival was held from 23-27 October 2019, in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

About the Festival

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival’s mission is to create a world-class festival that celebrates extraordinary stories and amplifies brave voices, tackles global issues and bold ideas. The Festival brings together a diverse mix of Indonesian and international writers, speakers, thinkers, artists, advocates, commentators, and activists, to create a space for cross-cultural dialogue and connection.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is one of the major annual projects of a not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of in 2004 by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.

Testimonials

One of the five best literary festivals for 2019 – The Telegraph UK

“The festival – surely the best in the world – ensures that you’re never at a loss for intellectual nourishment.” – Harper’s Bazaar

2020 Dates

UWRF20 will be held from 28 October–1 November.

UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL WELCOMES 180 SPEAKERS FROM 30 COUNTRIES FOR ITS 16TH YEAR AND ANNOUNCES NEW TRANSLATION PRIZE

One of the world’s leading literary and arts events, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) today welcomes 180 authors, artists and activists from 30 countries for its 16th year. Under the banner of this year’s theme, Karma, they’ll appear in over 170 events across Ubud and Bali, including panel discussions, performances, workshops, film screenings, book launches, long table lunches and more from 23–27 October.

From Indonesia to Italy, Colombia to Canada, Portugal to Pakistan and dozens of countries in between, the five-day program of extraordinary stories, diverse voices and brave ideas will demonstrate why The Telegraph named UWRF one of the world’s five best literary festivals for 2019.

International guests include BAFTA-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur Akala, Chinese-American author and poet Jenny Zhang, writer, poet, and playwright Lemn Sissay, Zimbabwean-American historical fiction author  Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Iranian-American religious scholar and author Reza Aslan, Indigenous Australian writer Tara June Winch, and Australian author and radio  host Richard Fidler.

They’ll be joined by legendary Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, journalist, author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Megan K. Stack, celebrated British food writer Yotam Ottolenghi, award-winning author, and illustrator Mira Jacob, and Kurdish-Iranian award-winning writer Behrouz Boochani, who is currently incarcerated on Manus Island and will appear via live stream.

As Indonesia’s premier platform for showcasing its writers and artists to the world, the Festival is honored to welcome author and journalist Laksmi Pamuntjak, Indigenous education pioneer Butet Manurung, BBC Indonesia journalist and writer Famega Syavira Putri, author, artist and gender activist Eliza Vitri Handayani, rising star of Balinese literature IGA Darma Putra, and one of the nation’s foremost film directors, Garin Nugroho.

Across 70 Main Program sessions comprising panels and one-on-one interviews, audiences will learn how storytelling can – and has – created real change on a local and global scale. Sessions such as Bali’s Art Activists, Indonesia Cinema as Soft Power, and the Asia Pacific Futures on the Page, Stage, and Screen will gauge the creative industry’s social and economic impact.

Audiences will also be invited to consider how the arts can break down barriers and connect people across languages, cultures, and politics at panels including The Role of the Arts in Cultural Diplomacy and Outside, Inside – a vital conversation on rewriting tropes of migration.

Events outside the Main Program also promise ample inspiration. In the glorious gardens of Blanco Renaissance Museum, Power, Politics, and Poetry Under the Stars will be a rare opportunity to see world-renowned spoken word artists share the stage with one of Indonesia’s most progressive musicians, Nova Ruth. At [untitled], attendees will experience tales from the margins, stories of pride, prejudice and finding community through a shared experience of difference.

The Festival also today announced its new Translators’ Prize, in partnership with the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). Open to translators anywhere in the world, the winner will receive AUD1,000 towards flights to Bali to attend next year’s UWRF, as well as a range of AAWP membership benefits.

Since 2008 the Festival has worked with a team of translators to publish its annual Bilingual Anthology of Indonesian Writing, and regularly features panels on the essential role translators play in opening our eyes to other cultures. “It’s long been a dream of ours to offer a prize for exceptional works of literary translation, so we’re thrilled to expand our commitment to global writing communities with the new Prize,” commented UWRF Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe.

“As we reflect on the last 16 years and on how the Festival has evolved into one of the world’s top literary events, we can appreciate its significance as a platform for genuine cross-cultural exchange,” DeNeefe continued. For many, it’s an introduction to Indonesian culture, while for Indonesians, it’s a pathway to reaching national and international audiences.

“Through this year’s theme of Karma, we’re celebrating the writers, artists, and activists from across Indonesia and the world who are deeply aware of the consequences of their actions, and how those consequences will impact on our shared future,” DeNeefe continued.

“If you love a good story or performance, if you’re open to innovative ideas, if you’re eager to learn more about this region, or if you simply believe in the power of creativity to generate real change, then come and experience the magic we’re now famous for. For many, UWRF has been life-changing. It has been for me, and I hope it will be for you too,” DeNeefe concluded.

More Information

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2019

The 16th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will be held from 23-27 October 2019, in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. The full program is live and tickets are on sale.

About the Festival

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival’s mission is to create a world-class festival that celebrates extraordinary stories and amplifies brave voices, tackles global issues and bold ideas. The Festival brings together a diverse mix of Indonesian and international writers, speakers, thinkers, artists, advocates, commentators, and activists, to create a space for cross-cultural dialogue and connection.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is one of the major annual projects of a not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of in 2004 by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.

2019 Artwork

The 2019 artwork was created by Yogyakarta community artist Samuel Indratma.

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UWRF/AAWP Translators’ Prize

For more information check aawp.org.au and to submit go to bit.ly/TranslatorsPrize.

ubudwritersfestival.com | @ubudwritersfest | #UWRF19

THE CAVE – Based on the untold true story of the rescue mission that captivated the world.

An exclusive interview with Tom Waller, Director, and Producer of The Cave movie, which will premiere at BIFF in October 2019

Thai-Irish Director Tom Waller (right) discussing with Thai production designer Pongnarin Jonghawklang (พงศ์นรินทร์ จงห่อกลาง) (left), who created an indoor cave in Bangkok for the movie THE CAVE. This artifical cave resembles the cave entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non (ถ้ำหลวงนางนอน) during the real cave rescue operation in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand. 📷 50 mm • 1/80 sec at f/1.8 • ISO 800. Photo © 2019 Fredrik Divall. All Rights Reserved.

As the first narrative feature film about the events which took place last summer at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand, THE CAVE is undoubtedly the most anticipated Thai movie of the year. We interviewed Thai-Irish writer/director and longtime Bangkok resident Tom Waller, who beat Hollywood in telling this story that captivated the world. THE CAVE is released nationwide in Thai cinemas on 28 November 2019, following its World premiere at Busan International Film Festival and European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October.  

·        Why did you decide to make a film about the cave rescue, and how did production start so quickly after the rescue?

Like everyone else on the planet, I was following the news with much anticipation. People watched the events unfold and their hearts were beating. I realized as a filmmaker with Thai nationality, that I was in a unique position to tell this story from a unique perspective, without the need to wait for lengthy government permissions, which a foreign filmmaker would have to do. 

·         What angle does the film focus on?

My film focuses on the volunteer spirit of the rescuers, following the untold personal stories of those unsung heroes involved in the mission to bring out the trapped boys and their coach from the cave. 

·        What has been done to ensure the film is authentic and accurate?

I have more than a dozen actual rescuers involved in the production, mostly playing themselves in the film. They help to maintain authenticity since, for them, there’s no acting required! 

·         Where does the cast come from?

Although the story is embedded in a Thai narrative the film features a truly international cast. In the same way that this rescue was a real mix of participants from all over the world, I’ve tried to match that variety by using a very diverse ensemble cast, which includes real people from the rescue as well as trained actors to portray certain roles.  

·         Have the local Chiang Rai / Mae Sai community been involved in the film?

Yes, many of the real participants of the events at Tham Luang cave have cameo appearances as extras in the film, and we filmed in the region and also inside the real cave. 

·         Did you have any trouble with the Thai authorities?

At first, it was a challenge to persuade the National Parks Authority to let us film at the real Tham Luang cave, but after months of lobbying and with assistance from the Ministry of Culture, we were finally granted access. Also, surprisingly, the film censorship department at the Ministry passed the film with a ‘General’ audience rating, with no cuts.  

You can see the movie at SF and Major cinemas nationwide from 28 November 2019. 

www.thecave.movie

32nd Tokyo International Film Festival TIFF + NTT DOCOMO Special Event “TIFF Plus Tech” Will let attendees experience a 5G-enabled world

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will host an exciting event, TIFF Plus Tech, during the 32nd festival in collaboration with NTT DOCOMO, giving participants the exciting opportunity to experience the much-anticipated 5G technology. The festival began holding TIFF Plus special collaborative events with a variety of cultural organizations from 2018, to more widely share the joys of cinema and cultivate cultural exchanges.

At TIFF Plus Tech, virtual idols, live performers and participants at the site will be able to take part in a Virtual + Real + Tech Live Show featuring Live Animation Heart + Algorhythm by way of a high-speed 3D scanning system, which will put them on a virtual stage together with the virtual idols. In addition to the chance to view the event on the large-sized LED screen installed at the venue, participants will also be able to experience immersive VR-HMD viewing made possible by 5G telecommunications. By inviting participants to directly experience 5G and other leading-edge technologies, the event aims to attract national and international attention for new Japanese entertainment.

Live Animation Heart + Algorhythm is a virtual idol-themed project co-produced by NTT DOCOMO of Japan and China Mobile’s Migu, providing live-streaming, cutting-edge interactive experiences to audiences in Japan and China. This event is part of the Japan Content Localization and Distribution (J-LOD) Subsidy Project supported by METI, which aims to produce innovative digital content for global distribution.

Date and Time November 2 (Sat) November 3 (Sun)
1st Session 16:00- 16:00-
2nd Session 18:00- 18:00-