Film

Film fest fans can get a fix at any number of events this month

by Emi Ando

Staff Writer

The Tokyo International Film Festival may be finished, but movie buffs still have a lot of choices for festivals this month.

Yamagata International Movie Festival 2014 (through Nov. 16): This festival will feature different types of activities, including a reception party at Movie On Yamagata. Actor Kenichi Matsuyama and director Tetsu Maeda are set to attend the screening of the 2007 film “Dolphin Blue: Fuji, Mo Ichido Sora e.” Ticket prices vary. www.catvy.ne.jp/ymf

Kyoto International Student Film & Video Festival 2014 (Nov. 22-28): Japan’s biggest international student film festival screens movies from around the world. Held at Kyoto Cinema, contributions will come from Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and more. Tickets are ¥1,500. www.consortium.or.jp/project/kisfvf/details

Tokyo Filmex 2014 (Nov. 22-30): An international film festival focusing on creative works from Asia, this has been one of the greatest places to view undiscovered works for 15 years. Twenty-five films will be shown at the festival, with English subtitles available. The event will also feature guest speakers. Venues include Yurakucho Asahi Hall and Toho Cinemas Nichigai. Tickets are ¥1,800. www.filmex.net/2014

Tama Cinema Forum (Nov. 22-30): Since 1991, the forum has been developing a network for movie fans in Tama. There will be different themes on each day. “Frozen” (2013) will be screened on Family Day and “English Vinglish” (2012) by Gauri Shinde will appear in the Heart Warming Comedy in Asia section. Tickets are ¥1,400, but discounts are available for kids. www.tamaeiga.org/2014

Takarazuka Film Festival Vol. 15 (Nov. 22-28): The city of Takarazuka in Hyogo Prefecture is naturally the best place to screen films based on the all-female theatrical troupe of the same name. Although it is not widely known, there used to be a special course for Takarazuka performers to appear on the screen. Focusing on those limited films, the festival will also feature films from France, Denmark and other parts of the world. Tickets are ¥1,200. 2014.takarazukaeiga.com

Kobe 100-Year Film Festival (through Nov. 28): To celebrate the 120th anniversary of director John Ford’s birth, the festival will screen some of his works, including “Stagecoach” (1939) and “The Quiet Man” (1952). Films will be screened at Kobe Art Village Center. (Ticket prices unlisted) www.kff100.com

Toyohashi Slowtown Cinema Festival (through Nov. 23): The city of Toyohashi in Aichi Prefecture is holding its 13th film festival this month. The highlights will be Yasujiro Ozu’s last film before his death the following year, “An Autumn Afternoon” (1962) and the Academy Award-winning “12 Years a Slave” (2013) by Steve McQueen. Tickets are ¥800. www.slowtown.info

Gifu Asia Film Festival (through Nov. 26): This festival will screen films from China, India, Israel and other Asian countries at the Gifu Culture Center. Japanese films from the 1970s will also be one of the featured topics. gifuasia.com/index.html

Ueda Jokamachi Film Festival (Nov. 29 and 30): Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, has been a famous film location since the Taisho Era (1912-26). “The Day the Godzilla Comes Out” is the event’s slogan this year, best describing the excitement of screening the very first film of the “Godzilla” series, a 1954 work by Ishiro Honda. Tickets are ¥1,200. www.umic.jp/eigasai/index.html

Hamamatsu Cinema Workshop 2014 (Nov. 29 and 30): Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture is the birth place of Keisuke Kinoshita, a well-known film director whose achievements will be focused on at this film festival. Movies will be screened at Kinoshita Keisuke Memorial Hall. Tickets are ¥500. www.hamamatsu-eigasai.com

Okayama Film Festival (through Nov. 24): For 20 years the Okayama Film Festival has been screening movies to offer audiences an opportunity to see works that are rarely shown in the region. This time, movie buffs can enjoy 23 films from various parts of the country. Tickets are ¥1,300. www.d-mc.ne.jp/off

Shimane Film Festival (through Nov. 30): This film festival will screen “On the Way to School” (2012) by Pascal Plisson and “The Eternal Zero” (2013) by Takashi Yamazaki. There will also be a closing event on Nov. 30 at Shimane Prefectural Meeting Hall. www.cul-shimane.jp/eigasai