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The 21st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held from Oct. 18 – 26 at Roppongi Hills and Bunkamura (Shibuya) in Tokyo.

TIFF continues to strive to be a unique and quality film festival which is well recognized throughout the world. Film industries of Japan and the world would gather together with the film fans where they can participate and enjoy themselves.

Strengthening our ties to TIFFCOM and Japan International Contents Festival (CoFesta) both of which will be held at the same time, we hope to provide the opportunities to appeal Japan’s strong multi-contents to the world and aggressively open up business deployment possibilities internationally.

This year’s theme is “ecology,” stressing the importance of preserving the global environment. In order to best align with the theme, we will have “Green Carpet” in stead of the traditional red carpet, and add a new section which spotlights films that depict the co-existence of men and nature. A newly established award will recognize an outstanding film from any section that best showcases environment and ecology issues. There will be fun and easy to understand conferences and other events on environment and ecology where everybody can freely participate.

Please visit our official website for friendly and updated information.

Look forward to seeing you at TIFF in October in Tokyo at its best in autumn.

Tatsumi 'Tom' Yoda
Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF & TIFFCOM)

Tatsumi 'Tom' Yoda Profile

Mr. Yoda was born on May 27, 1940, in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. After graduating with a degree in business management from Meiji University in Tokyo, he joined Osada Electric Co. in 1963, later joining Sansui Electric.

After leaving Sansui in 1988, Mr. Yoda established Thomas Yoda Limited (later renamed T.Y. Limited, Inc.) and moved into the entertainment-content business by assuming an executive position at the up-and-coming Tokyo-based record label Avex, where he served as chairman of the board and CEO for a decade until his retirement in 2004.

Mr. Yoda currently serves as chairman of the board of the Tokyo-based film-distribution and-production company Gaga Communications Inc.; chairman and CEO of T.Y. Limited Inc.; and chairman and CEO of Dreamusic Inc. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of movie-theater operator T-Joy Co. Ltd.

Since May 2007, Mr. Yoda has served as a director of the Japan Video Software Association and as deputy chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Japan International Contents Festival. He also served as vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the Japan-China Exchange Year of Culture and Sports 2007.

Mr. Yoda has served as a director of the Visual Industry Promotion Organization since December 2004. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Business Federation since February 2004, and chairman of the Subcommittee on Entertainment and Content under the Committee on Industrial Affairs since July 2003.

Mr. Yoda served as chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) from March 2003 to August 2004, chairman (April 2001-April 2005) and special advisor (April 2005-March 2006) of the Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture (PROMIC) and was a main board director of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) from May 2000 to August 2004.