This year marked cinema's centenary. It also marked TIFF's 10th anniversary. The seminal French film Les Enfants de Lumiére was chosen for a special screening to mark this occasion. Just prior to the festival, Krzysztof Kieślowski, who was chosen as the president of the jury for Young Cinema Competition, became ill; and Henri Verneuil stepped in to replace him at short notice.
This year marked the start of Nippon Cinema Classics, which remains a beloved part of TIFF to this day.Films screened for the program were chosen by Sadao Yamane and Shigehiko Hasumi, both members of the Committee for the Centenary of Film. Many films known only in passing, including Mikio Naruse's Uwasa no musume (The Girl in the Rumor), which had its first screening in 50 years, were shown.
Beginning in 1995, the Tokyo International Foundation for Promot ion of Screen Image Cul ture (Japan Association for the International Promotion of Moving Images (UNIJAPAN)), TIFF's host organizer, provided subsidy programs to new directors until 1999. In the first year, Hirokazu Koreeda's Maborosi was targeted for such support.