This year, Tokyo International Film Festival celebrated its milestone 20th edition. The WORLD CINEMA section was launched this year, and a special project, Tokyo in Focus, was held.
Also, Her Imperial Majesty attended the The Invitation from Cinema Orion shown in the Special Screenings section.
The SEI-YU KO-EN Live with Yosuke Yamashita attracted a large audience and brought back silent movies, produced more than 80 years ago, vividly to the modern world by joining the powerful stage performance of the Jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita and the live voice-over of the voice actor, Michio Hazama. Also, at the outdoor venue of Roppongi Hills Arena, an event was held inviting directors of the Special Screenings, films from the Competition section and Japanese Eyes as guests of a panel discussion, with entertaining stories about filmmaking. The TIFF movie cafe was establ ished to provide a place of communication for film festival guests, and a retrospective photo exhibition was held to commemorate the 20th TIFF. A great number of film fans enjoyed the screenings and special events before and after the screenings.