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Arts Council Tokyo Grant Program: Activity Report of Long Term Grant-Session 14

Since 2013, Arts Council Tokyo has been running a Long Term Grant program providing up to three years of support for long-term artistic projects. For the 14th talk session with a past grant recipient, we introduce the activities of Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Executive Committee, which received a three-year grant starting in 2018.

With the aim of developing the art of cinema for and by deaf people and creating forums for deaf and hearing people to share their own culture through film, Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Executive Committee organizes film festivals and forums that screen films selected from the perspective of deaf people. In addition, the organization has engaged in human resource development by running workshops on filmmaking by deaf people. The organization will also discuss its three year-plan under the grant and the outcomes involved, such as networking with deaf film festivals overseas, and expanding the audience base for Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival.
*This event will be conducted in Japanese.

Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Executive Committee (Eri Makihara, Yoko Yuyama)

Japanese Sign Language interpreters
Chika Kawaguchi, Tomomi Komatsu

Chizuru Usui (Senior Program Officer, Grants Division, Planning Department, Arts Council Tokyo)

*Please note photographs and sound recordings of this session will be taken for the purpose of the organizer’s publicity and records and will be made available on the Arts Council Tokyo website at a later date.
*Accessibility is available in the form of sign language interpreting and the speech-to-text app UD Talk.

Outline of activities under grant

[Year 1 project outline]
Tokyo Deaf Film Festival Forum: Considering the possibilities for deaf film festivals
Closed workshops with instructors invited from Deaf Film Camp (DFC)

[Year 2 project outline]
Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival 2019

[Year 3 project outline]
Filmmaking workshops for deaf students
Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Forum 2021

See the following link for information on activities: here

Program (Schedule)

18:45 Venue opens
19:00 Introduction to Long Term Grant program and activities under grant
19:05 [Part 1] Overall design of activities under this grant
・What is Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival?
・For starting Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival
・Operational design
・Publicity design
・Activities in years when no film festival was held
20:05 Break
20:10 [Part 2] What transpired from activities under this grant
・Changes in the circumstances surrounding the Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Executive Committee and the results of those changes
・Challenges for the future: Further development/progress and talent development of connectors and creators
・Future developments
20:45 Question-and-answer session
21:00 Close

Speakers profiles

Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Executive Committee (Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival)
Biennially since 2017 at Euro Live in Shibuya, the Committee has held Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival, for which deaf issue-related works are selected from the perspective of deaf people. By presenting mainly medium and feature-length films to a large audience of deaf and hearing people, the committee aims to contribute to the development of deaf society and arts, and to create a forum for mutual understanding between deaf and hearing people.

Eri Makihara
Filmmaker, representative of Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival. Together with DAKEI, she co-directed “LISTEN” (2016), an art documentary on the theme of “deaf music”. Her most recent work is “The Tanaka’s” (2021). She launched the Tokyo Deaf Film Festival in 2017.
Additionally, she works to foster deaf and hard of hearing talent and to create a community where deaf and hearing people can gather, in projects that have included the handling of distribution and publicity for the French film “J’avancerai vers toi avec les yeux d’un sourd”, and involvement in the TSA (Training/Sign Language/Art) project.

Yoko Yuyama
Deaf interpreter and overseas liason manager for the Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival.
She received a BA in environmental studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. After returning to Japan, she worked as a deaf interpreter as well as working at IBM Japan for ten years. She is currently engaged in providing parenting information to deaf parents of CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) and awareness-raising educational activities at OSBS CO. WP Group.


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