The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), in collaboration with Children Meet Cinema, which runs youth filmmaking workshops, will present TIFF 2019: Teens Meet Cinema, a production workshop for junior high school students, as a special project of the festival’s Youth Section. This follows successful workshops in the past several years, and strengthens one element of TIFF’s vision, Enlightening, which aims to foster a future for film and to cultivate young talent.
This year’s lead mentor will be director Kyoshi SUGITA, whose latest film, Listen to Light, premiered at the 30th TIFF. Students will develop a script, shoot and edit it with professional filmmakers and crew mainly in Roppongi, Tokyo, where TIFF is held, in August 2019.
The completed film will have its world premiere at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival, to be held from October 28 to November 5, 2019 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.
Director Kyoshi SUGITA
Born in 1977 in Tokyo. His first feature film, A Song I Remember (2012), was screened in the Japanese Eyes section at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, and his second, Listen to Light (2019), was screened in the Japanese Cinema Splash section at the 30th TIFF. He has been a film workshop instructor since 2002 in educational settings such as elementary schools, universitys, special needs schools and childcare facilities. Sugita participated in the 2010 Children Meet Cinema Project for the first time as a team leader, when director Nobuhiko SUWA mentored the class in Kanazawa.