Tokyo Film Fest Announces New Head

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Takeo Hisamatsu, a 40-year industry veteran, will succeed Yasushi Shiina this month.

Takeo Hisamatsu will be the new head of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), succeeding Yasushi Shiina on Mar. 10, the fest announced Friday.

Hisamatsu, a 40-year veteran of the industry, has served as an executive managing director of studio Shochiku and deputy general manager of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, as well as a producer on films including Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Beyond and Hirokazu Koreeda’s Air Doll.

“It is my hope that through this festival, we can continue to present films from around the world in all their diversity and richness to many audiences, and that we can share the delight and joy of watching films,” said Hisamatsu in a statement.

Shiina will take over as head of TIFFCOM, the fest’s affiliated content market.

The 30th TIFF will be held from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 in Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.