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Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival 2019

  • Organization : Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Executive Committee Secretariat
  • Section : Project on artistic and creative focus
  • Type of Grant Program : Long
  • Art Forms : Visual Art / Media Art

Outline of the project

First Year
(1) Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Forum: Considering the possibilities for deaf film festivals
Details
Providing a forum for information-sharing with people interested in topics like global deaf film festivals and the activities of deaf creators around the world will contribute to improvement in the quality of film creation and support activities by Japan’s deaf creators and people in the movie business.
Moreover, in a talk with the organizing committee chairman of the Shizuoka Cannes Week collaboration with TDF, which took place in May this year, we will explore the synergies produced by cooperation between people from different fields, as well as present the possibilities for creating a forum towards mutual understanding between hearing people and deaf people.

Part 1 from 14:00
Screening of/ teach-in on short film “The End”
Introduction to producers BSLZONE and Deaffest
Part 2 from 15:00
Debriefing on inspection visits to deaf film festivals in individual countries

• Cinedeaf – International Deaf Film Festival of Rome
• Seattle Deaf Film Festival (SDFF)
• Shanghai International Deaf Film Festival (SHIDFF)

We will be sharing observations and information from the three film festivals above.
Part 3 from 16:00
Untold stories of the collaboration between Shizuoka Cannes Week and Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival
Guest: Takuma Kishida (organizing committee chairman of Shizuoka Cannes Week)
Date/time: Saturday, November 3 (public holiday), 2018 14:30 — 17:30
Venue: Cinema House Otsuka (4-7-4-101 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)

(2) Instructors invited from Deaf Film Camp (DFC) for closed workshops
Details
For the purpose of holding filmmaking workshops for deaf students in summer 2019, instructors Michael Kaufer and Storm Smith from America’s annual Deaf Film Camp (DFC) will be invited to give Japanese workshop organizers a realistic taste of the DFC workshops on which the Japanese ones will be modeled, and to teach local organizers the necessary workshop skills and operational management.
Date/time: Five weekend days between January and February, 2019
Venue: The Totto Culture Center ( 2-2-16 Nishi-shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)


Second year
(1) Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival 2019
Details
This event will be implemented together with local communities as an ongoing initiative and “open film festival,” put out to the world by the directors who will lead the future of deaf cinema. Over three days in Shibuya, screenings of 10-12 films will be interwoven with talks by a variety of guests. Screenings will include movies from places like Asia (including Japan), Europe and America made from a “deaf” perspective or dealing with deafness; publicly-solicited works; and Japanese films subtitled in Japanese for the first time. Organizers aim to establish the festival in two ways: by providing a ongoing forum for the promotion and circulation of movies based on the deaf perspective, and by offering a continuous framework to help develop the cinematic arts for/by deaf people, and the human resources associated with it.
Date/time: 3 days between May and July, 2018 (scheduled)
Venue: EuroLive (Shibuya city, Tokyo) (scheduled)

(2) Filmmaking workshops for deaf students
Details
We will hold filmmaking workshops for deaf/hard-of-hearing students. Over a total of ten days, from 10:00 to 18:00, students will receive guidance and instruction in plot creation, filming preparation, filming, and editing/screenings. By creating an environment that draws out the imagination and creativity of deaf/hard-of-hearing students, improves their communication skills and gives them the freedom to create new ideas, we hope to foster highly creative students as cultural leaders for the next generation.
Date/time: August 2019 (scheduled)
Venue: Noutan Art space (Shinjuku city, Tokyo)


Third year
(1) 2018 — 2019 Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival research activities debriefings
Details
Providing a forum for information-sharing on topics like global deaf film festivals and the activities of deaf creators around the world will contribute to both qualitative and quantitive improvement amongst Japan’s deaf creators and people in the movie business. We will also hold panel discussions with Japanese creators about the future of the deaf film festival.
Date/time: 1 day between October and December, 2020 (scheduled)
Venue: Shimokitazawa Alley Hall (Setagaya city, Tokyo)

(2) Filmmaking workshops for deaf students: screening/presentation
Details
Providing the opportunity for deaf students to publicly present the fruits of the filmmaking workshops held in August, 2019 will boost the motivation of workshop participants. Students will have the opportunity to get an overall assessment of their work through evaluation and advice by the public, and the opportunity to greatly improve the quality of the next work they produce. Moreover the aim of screening in an public arena is that it should act as a forum for interaction and exchange between deaf and hearing people, leading to mutual new stimuli and reactions. In addition to creating opportunities for deaf students, this exchange will lead to the development of a future talent pool, and the creation of new artistic expression.
Date/time: August, 2020 (scheduled)
Venue: TBC

Profile

Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival 2019
Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival is a voluntary organization established with the aim of provoking new reactions in Japan and the world through art from the world of the deaf, and based on the motto “visual intelligence.” What is characteristic of the Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival is that the films screened are selected from the perspective of the deaf person serving as festival director. As well as getting a lot of people to watch movies that reflect the world of sign language surrounding deaf people, and creating a forum for deaf and hearing people to share their own culture through film, the aim of the festival is to create a framework to help develop the cinematic arts for/by deaf people and the human resources associated with it through exhibitions, talks and the like in an environment where anyone can freely share their interest in movies and art.

Contact

Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival Executive Committee Secretariat
E-mail: office@tdf.tokyo