Tokyo International Film Festival

The Tokyo International Film Festival (東京国際映画祭, Tōkyōkokusaieigasai, TIFF) is a film festival established in 1985. The event was held biennially from 1985 to 1991 and annually thereafter. Along with the Shanghai International Film Festival, it is one of Asia's competitive film festivals, and is considered to be the largest film festival in Asia and the only Japanese festival accredited by the FIAPF.[1][2]

Tokyo International Film Festival
Roppongi-Station-2005-10-24 1.jpg
LocationTokyo, Japan

The awards handed out during the festival have changed throughout its existence, but the Tokyo Grand Prix, handed to the best film, has stayed as the top award. Other awards that have been given regularly include the Special Jury Award and awards for best actor, best actress and best director.[3]

In recent years, the festival's main events have been held over one week in late October, at the Roppongi Hills development. Events include open-air screenings, voice-over screenings, and appearances by actors, as well as seminars and symposiums related to the film market.[2]

Tokyo Grand Prix winnersEdit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
1985 Typhoon Club Shinji Sōmai   Japan
1987 Old Well Wu Tianming   China
1989 That Summer of White Roses Rajko Grlić   Yugoslavia
1991 City of Hope John Sayles   United States
1992 White Badge Chung Ji-young   South Korea
1993 The Blue Kite Tian Zhuangzhuang   China
1994 The Day the Sun Turned Cold Yim Ho   Hong Kong
1995 Not awarded
1996 Kolya Jan Svěrák   Czech Republic
1997 The Perfect Circle
Jenseits der Stille
Ademir Kenović
Caroline Link
1998 Abre los ojos Alejandro Amenábar   Spain
1999 Darkness and Light Chang Tso-chi   Taiwan
2000 Amores Perros Alejandro González Iñárritu   Mexico
2001 Slogans Gjergj Xhuvani   Albania
2002 Broken Wings Nir Bergman   Israel
2003 Nuan Huo Jianqi   China
2004 Whisky Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll   Uruguay
2005 What the Snow Brings Kichitaro Negishi   Japan
2006 OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies Michel Hazanavicius   France
2007 The Band's Visit Eran Kolirin   Israel
2008 Tulpan Sergey Dvortsevoy   Kazakhstan
2009 Eastern Plays Kamen Kalev   Bulgaria
2010 Intimate Grammar Nir Bergman   Israel
2011 Intouchables Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano   France
2012 The Other Son Lorraine Lévy   France
2013 We Are the Best! Lukas Moodysson   Sweden
2014 Heaven Knows What Joshua Safdie and Ben Safdie   United States
2015 Nise: The Heart of Madness Roberto Berliner   Brazil
2016[4] The Bloom of Yesterday Chris Kraus   Germany
2017[5] Grain Semih Kaplanoğlu   Turkey
2018[6] Amanda Mikhael Hers   France
2019 Uncle Frelle Petersen   Denmark
2020 No competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 Vera Dreams of the Sea Kaltrina Krasniqi   Kosovo
  North Macedonia

Best Director AwardEdit

Best Actor AwardEdit

Best Actress AwardEdit

Special Jury PrizeEdit

Best Screenplay AwardEdit

  • 2017 - Euthanizer, Teemu Nikki
  • 2018 - Amanda, Mikhael Hers and Maud Ameline
  • 2019 - A Beloved Wife, Shin Adachi

Best Artistic Contribution AwardEdit

Audience AwardEdit

Asian Future Best Film AwardEdit

  • 2014 - Bedone marz بدون مرز, Amirhossein Asgari امیرحسین عسگری
  • 2015 - Pimpaka Towira, The Island Funeral
  • 2016 - Birdshot
  • 2017 - Passage of Life
  • 2018 - A First Farewell
  • 2019 - Summer Knight
  • 2021 - World, Northern Hemisphere

Japanese Cinema Splash Best Picture AwardEdit

Meryl Streep at opening ceremony in 2016
  • 2014 - 100 Yen Love, Masaharu Take
  • 2015 - Ken and Kazu, Hiroshi Shoji
  • 2017 - Of Love & Law, Hikaru Toda
  • 2016 - Poolsideman, Hirobumi Watanabe
  • 2018 - Lying to Mom, Katsumi Nojiri
  • 2019 - i -Documentary of the Journalist-, Tatsuya Mori

Tokyo Gemstone AwardEdit


  1. ^ International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
  2. ^ a b "Tokyo International Film Festival - Outline".
  3. ^ "Grand Prix Winners at the Tokyo International Film Festival". 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  4. ^ Festival, Asian Film (2016-11-03). "Winners of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016". Asian Film Festivals. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  5. ^ "List of Winners | 30th Tokyo International Film Festival". Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  6. ^ Festival (TIFF), Tokyo International Film. ""Amanda" Wins Tokyo Grand Prix at 31st Tokyo International Film Festival". Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  7. ^ Ship of Theseus, retrieved 2018-05-26
  8. ^ Conran, Pierce (28 October 2013). "RED FAMILY Triumphs in Tokyo Int. Film Fest". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 11 September 2018.

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