TIFFCOM gathers 25 for Gathering

Japanese, international projects ready for co-prod'n forum

TOKYO -- Twenty-five projects have been selected for the Tokyo Project Gathering co-production forum that will run alongside the TIFFCOM market at Tokyo International Film Festival from Oct. 19-22.

Projects chosen from the 150 submissions include "Ship Is Yet to Come" by Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose "Air Doll" featured in Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes in May.

Other Japanese projects that will be looking for international partnerships and funding are Izuru Kumasaka's sophomore feature "Family Restaurant," and Yoichi Higashi's "Yoi ga Sametara, Unchi ni Kaero" (Once we've sobered up, let's go home). Kumasaka won the best first feature award at Berlin in 2008 with "Asyl: Park and Love Hotel."

On the international side, "Six Suspects" already has author Vikas Swarup ("Slumdog Millionaire") and screenwriter John Hodge ("Trainspotting" and "The Beach") on board. Pang Ho-Cheung ("Isabella" and "Exodus") is bringing "The Love That Dare not Speak Its Name," a new project which he'll be producing, with up and coming Hong Kong director Heiward Mak ("High Noon") helming.