This year's TIFF opened with a requiem for the victims of 9.11. For the centenary of Walt Disney's birth, ten featurelength Disney films were shown. This year marked the first time the Korean Cinema Week was scheduled in recognition of the great interest shown in Korean culture. With the World Cup 2002 fast approaching, anticipation was high for greater cultural exchange between the two countries.
The special presenter of Tokyo Grand Prix during the closing ceremonies was Kazuhiro Sasaki of the Seattle Mariners.
In 2001, the metropolitan government of Tokyo established “Tokyo Location Box” to provide assistance for filming inside Tokyo government facilities and enabling greater development of film culture in the city. Filming for Luc Besson's Wasabi was made possible through this assistance.