Japan's Skip City Fest Focuses on New Talent

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Peter Szatmeri

12 films will compete in the main competition at the festival in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

The 12th edition of the Skip City D-Cinema Festival will unspool from July 18 to 26 in Kawaguchi City, just north of Tokyo, with 12 films by up-and-coming directors from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas competing for the grand prix. 

The festival began life as digital film-themed event in 2004, when the format was still in its infancy. With this becoming the industry standard, the fest has shifted its focus to discovering new directing talent. 

This year's main competition includes films from Hungary, Lebanon, Cuba, France, Mexico, Ireland and Japan, chosen out of entries from 74 countries.   

Prizes are provided by Sony subsidiary companies. 

In addition to the main competition, the festival has categories for domestic short and animated films, as well as special screenings of more mainstream fare. 

Local director Koki Fukuyama's Children of Iron will open the festival. 

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