The 21st Tokyo International Film Festival adopted the slogan "Action for Earth" in order to transmit the theme of "Protecting the Earth=Ecology" and as the symbol of this theme, we unrolled the Green Carpet instead of the traditional Red Carpet on the opening day in the Roppongi Keyakizaka Dori.
Recycled PET bottles were used for the Green Carpet, and all the screening theaters used "green" power for electricity. Events such as the Green Tie Gala Dinner and the Earth Conference were held as well.
"Symbiosis between nature and mankind" became the theme for the newly established natural TIFF section.
The broad range of new film selections included powerful documentary titles and omnibus short films which commemorated the 60th Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. The enthusiastic public appearances by various directors were especially inspiring for young movie fans. The Special Programs showcased a number of rarely-seen films, including a new print of Dersu Uzara.