The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival took place at Roppongi Hills and Ex Theater Roppongi as main venues to screen major sections. On the red carpet of the opening, Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins appeared. There was a blissful moment where the great actress in a chic dress with a design of a crane received a warm welcome from the Festival Muse, Haru Kuroki, who dressed up in a long-sleeved kimono also with the design of cranes.
Youth section was newly added, aiming to introduce films recommended for children and teens. As part of the collaboration between the Japan Foundation Asia Center and TIFF in CROSSCUT ASIA section a series of Indonesian films were screened and an omnibus film production Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections had its world premiere.
Furthermore, special focuses featuring director Shunji Iwai (Japan Now section) and director Mamoru Hosoda (Anime Focus), and Special Night Event at Kabukiza Theatre, Kabuki performance and screening of Blood$B!G(Bs Up at Takata-no-Baba with Ichiro Furutachi as guest benshi narrator, were filled with excitement.
Jean-Jacques Beineix who had participated in the 3rd edition of the festival held a presidency of competition jury, and Paolo Ballesteros, a drag impersonator known for his Hollywood actress look-alike makeup, won the award for Best Actor for the film Die Beautiful. Open-air cinema and TIFF ANI!!, a special event featuring Japanese animations turned out to be a great success, too.
At the award ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Producer Network held during the festival period, Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano, actress Nanami Sakuraba, and director Isao Yukisada received an award for their contributions to the film industry.


1. Actress Meryl Streep signing autographs at the opening event of Opening film Florence Foster Jenkins. 2. Featuring director Mamoru Hosoda at Animation Special Program "The World of Mamoru HOSODA". 3. Die Beautiful of the Competition section won Award for Best Actor and Audience Award. The winner of Award for Best Actor Paolo Ballesteros who is known as the famous impersonator in Philippines appeared on stage as Angelina Jolie with Jun Robles Lana(Director) . 4. Kumamon came to celebrate the opening of [Kuma Diner in TIFF] at Roppongi Hills arena. 5. Staff and Cast of "Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections The Asian Omnibus Film Series Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections", the omnibus films by 3 rising directors of Asia including Japan which was co-produced by 'Tokyo International Film Festival' and 'The Japan Foundation Asia Center' assembled together for photo. 6. Festival Muse actress Haru Kuroki and Meryl Streep. 7. From the left, Norihiko Tsukuda (Original story/Script), director Roy Szeto, actors Francis Ng and son, Louis Koo, Jacky Cai and Jessie Li appeared on stage for Competition film Shed Skin Papa. 8. Popular Russian actor Sergey Bezrukov and director Anna Matison for the Competition film After You're Gone. 9. Actors Masahiro Higashide and Kenichi Matsuyama from the Closing film Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow walked the red carpet with formal Hakama attire. 10. Winner of ARIGATO AWARD; Director Makoto Shinkai, actors Satoshi Tsumabuki, Mitsuki Takahata and Godzilla as [King of Monsters] appeared on the ceremony stage. 11. Video message from director Martin Scorsese winner of the SAMURAI AWARD. 12. Leading actress Miho Nakayama and director Shunji Iwai of Love Letter screened at the Japan Now Section "Director in Focus: Shunji Iwai". 13. Director Makoto Shinkai and theme song vocalist Yojiro Noda of RADWIMPS appear on stage for the Japan Now section film "your name.". 14. Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa winner of SAMURAI AWARD.


Competition Application total number is 1,502 entries from 98 countries/regions

Tokyo Grand Prix - The Governor of Tokyo Award

The Bloom of Yesterday [ Die Blumen von Gestern ](Director : Chris Kraus)

Special Jury Prize

Sami Blood [ Sameblod ](Director : Amanda Kernell)

Award for Best Director

Hana Jušić (Quit Staring at My Plate [ Ne gledaj mi u pijat ])

Award for Best Actress

Lene Cecilia Sparrok(Sami Blood [ Sameblod ])

Award for Best Actor

Paolo Ballesteros(Die Beautiful)

Award for Best Artistic Contribution

Mr. No Problem [ 不成问题的问题 ](Director : Mei Feng)

WOWOW Viewer's Choice Award

The Bloom of Yesterday [ Die Blumen von Gestern ](Director : Chris Kraus)

The Audience Award

Die Beautiful(Director : Jun Robles Lana)

Asian Future

Best Asian Future Film Award

Birdshot(Director : Mikhail Red)

The Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center

Alankrita Shrivastava( Lipstick Under My Burkha )

Japanese Cinema Splash

Best Picture Award

POOLSIDEMAN [ プールサイドマン ](Director : Hirobumi Watanabe)



Martin Scorsese


Kiyoshi Kurosawa



Makoto Shinkai


Mitsuki Takahata


Satoshi Tsumabuki





President of the Jury

Jean-Jacques Beineix(Director / Writer / Producer)


Mabel Cheung(Director)

Valerio Mastandrea(Actor)

Nicole Rocklin(Producer)

Hideyuki Hirayama(Director)

Asian Future Best Asian Future Film Award


Choi Yong-bae(Festival Director, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival)

Giovanna Fulvi(International Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival)

Ryosuke Hashiguchi(Writer / Director)

The Spirit of Asia Award


Philip Cheah(Film Critic)

Masamichi Matsumoto(Director, Cinémathèque)

Japanese Cinema Splash Best Picture Award


Mark Adams(Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival)

Koji Fukada(Director)

Karel Och(Artistic Director, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)

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