Tokyo Film Festival, Market Set October Dates

Issue 35 BKLOT Tokyo - H 2013
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Issue 35 BKLOT Tokyo - H 2013

The Japanese festival returns in its usual October slot, following its content market, marking the first time the two events won’t run concurrently.

TOKYO – The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival will take place following the related TIFFCOM content market this year, organizers said Monday.

The market will be held earlier than in previous years, from Oct. 21-Oct. 23, with the festival running Oct. 23-Oct. 31. It will be the first time the two events won’t run concurrently.

The change of dates is due to a scheduling issue, with TIFFCOM unable to secure space on its usual dates during the festival, market director Mika Morishita told The Hollywood Reporter.

“The market has never been held on different dates from the festival before, so it will be a challenge to see how it works,” Morishita said.

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The shift in dates will end most scheduling conflicts between the market and festival. It also means that visitors will have to be in Tokyo longer if they want to attend both events.  

TIFF will continue to be centered round the central Roppongi Hills complex, with TIFFCOM taking place at the Grand Pacific Le Daiba hotel and conference venue.  

Last year, TIFF registered 121,771 attendants, up 14 percent from 2012, according to organizers. TIFFCOM saw an increase in buyers and attendees, partly due to the addition of music and anime events.

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