Jury / Awards

"Epilogue" Amir MANOR (Israel / 2012 / 96 min.)
The winning film's director will receive 700,000 yen.
This directorial debut film deals with the tragic issues of old people as well as the collapse of the 20th century ideology. The performance of the two protagonists is brilliant and we appreciated the film's insistence to never stray from its subject. Local details reach global dimensions, going way beyond the sadness and anger of the story.

"Memories Look At Me" SONG Fang (China / 2012 / 87 min.)
The winning film's director will receive 300,000 yen.
The film delicately portrays people's life through tiny, daily acts that express the circulation of love within that family. In a very consistent and musical way, it questions the very meaning of life, which is why we give the Special Jury Prize to this directorial debut film.

"Pieta" KIM Ki-duk (South Korea / 2012 / 104 min.)

"I am not the world you want to change" TAKAHASHI Izumi (Japan / 2012 / 112 min.)
Even if "I am not the world you want to change" was not a Japanese film, but made on the other side of the world, it would still possess a universality that blazes with an energy all its own.
This energy is powerful enough to render the viewer speechless, which demonstrates why it had to be given its wonderful title.
Scenes that seemed to be entirely irrelevant to us when we began to watch the film ultimately changed direction completely, and came to feel as if they were unmistakably our own experiences.
We were therefore compelled to select this film.
Student Jury : YAMATO Yuki, MIHARA Keigo, NAGAI Ryo

[ The Chairperson of the jury ]

(The Chairperson of the Jury: Japan / Film Director, Actor)

Born in 1964 in Wakayama Prefecture. As an actor, he received his first lead film role in "World Apartment Horror" (91), for which he won a Best Newcomer Award at the 13th Yokohama Film Festival. Began penning and producing his own screenplays from 1995, and made his debut as a writer-director the following year with "Dangan Runner" which was later released in the United States, screening in around 20 cities. His sophomore effort "Postman Blues" (97) was greeted with acclaim at Sundance and many other film festivals, and also received a New Blood Award at the Cognac Police Film Festival. With his third film "Unlucky Monkey" (97) and fourth film "Monday" (99), he achieved the feat of having his work selected by the Berlin International Film Festival three times in a row, and also won a FIPRESCI Prize for the latter. Subsequently directed "Drive" (01), which won Best Asian Film at Canada's Fant-Asia Film Festival; "The Blessing Bell" (02), winner of a NETPAC Award at the Berlin International Film Festival; "Hold Up Down" (05); "Dead Run" (05), awarded Best Feature Film at the Syracuse International Film Festival; "The Crab Cannery Ship" (09); and "Bunny Drop" (11), expanding his range with each new film while simultaneously achieving considerable critical recognition. To date, retrospectives of his work have been held at the Chicago International Film Festival as well as in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro, Hong Kong and elsewhere, and his future endeavors are highly anticipated.

[ The jury members ]

(Israel / film critic)
Dan Fainaru was born in Romania, moved to Israel in 1950. Studied at the Haifa Institute of Technology, joined the Army Broadcasting Service (Galei Zahal) in 1957, was their film critic until 1970. At the same time, Artists and Repertoire Director of the leading record company in Israel, Hed Arzi, also regular contributor on film for the weekend supplement of the morning daily Ha'aretz.
From 1970 until 2003, at the Israel Broadcasting Authority (radio and television), took charge of all feature films programming on the 1st (and at the time only) Channel as well as producing and presenting "All cinema" - a weekly one hour long radio film review show. Founder and co-editor of the only film magazine in the country, "Cinematheque" started in 1982 and running strong. Reviewed films in the past for Variety (1979-91) and later Moving Pictures, is now regularly reviewing for Screen International. Israeli correspondent of The International Film Guide, also contributed on Israeli cinema for the Hebrew Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Judaica and the Larousse du Cinema.
Taught History of Cinema at the Ramat Gan Film Academy (1972-79). Was director of the Israeli Film Insitute (1979-81), chairman of the Israeli Film Critics Association (1976-86), vice-president of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) as of 1991 (since 1999, honorary vice president). Editor in chief of the European Film Reviews (1995-8) jointly published by the monthly trade paper Moving Pictures and FIPRESCI. Presided Critics' Juries in all leading film festivals around the world (including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Thessaloniki, Pusan, Singapore, London, Troia, etc.) and member of International Juries in Karlovy Vary, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Chicago.. Has organized international debates on the state of cinema today and the conditions of film criticism in San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary. In the past film critic for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (radio and tv) and the Jerusalem Post, is now a regular film critic for London's Screen International. He has edited a book of Theo Angelopoulos interviews, published by the University Press - Mississippi.

HATA Sahoko
(Japan / film critic)
Born in Tokyo in 1931. Worked as an arbiter and buyer of European films in the late 1950s, introducing Jean-Luc GODARD's "Breathless" (which was still filming at the time of its acquisition), "Purple Noon", and "A Woman is a Woman" to Japanese audiences. Later imported and co-produced European television films, and also reported on the Cannes Film Festival up until 2003. Her writings encompass film, fashion, essays and more, and she is also a film critic for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Among her recent publications is "Kage no Bubun" (The Shadow Element), a memoir of her experiences in wartime Japan and post-war Paris.

(Iran / Actress)
Fatemeh (Simin) Motamed-Arya was born in Tehran, Iran. Motamed-Arya received her degree in Arts. She first got involved in Theater during her teen years and later emerged as one of the most celebrated actresses of Post-revolutionary Iranian cinema. She has been nominated nine times for best actress at the Fajr International Film Festival and won the Crystal Simorgh four time and she is the most awarded actress in the history of Iranian cinema by winning more than 80 national and international awards.

Valérie-Anne CHRISTEN
(France / Head of the uniFrance films Tokyo Office)
Born in 1975 in France. While getting a Master's Degree in Literature and a Master in Cultural management, gradually focuses on cinema and ends her studies with an internship at film archive L'Institut Lumière in Lyon. During her first experience as a film curator for 3 years at the French Institute in Vienna (Austria), gets more and more obsessed with Japanese cinema and decides to move to Tokyo. During the first couple of years, tries to learn some Japanese and haunts the Tokyo theaters, while doing short assignments for the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and the production company 100 Meter Films. In 2006, becomes the representative for Unifrance Films, the French organization in charge of promoting French cinema abroad, in Japan, also covering Korea, South-East Asia and India. In 2011, produces No Man's Zone by Toshi Fujiwara.

■ Audience Award

The award-winning film was chosen from the TOKYO FILMeX Competition and the Special Screenings section after the vote of the audience.

■ Student Jury Prize

* Student Jury

(Sophia University)
Filmography: 'That girl is dancing by the seashore '/ Received Judges' Special Award in Tokyo Student Film Festival 2012. 'Her Res --3cases in which you will find me in 3 minutes'/ Accepted in PFF Award competition

(Keio University)
Filmography: 'It's a lonely world.'/Received Grand Prix of short film section in TOHO Cinemas Student Film Festival 2012

(Meiji University)
Chairman of Tokyo Student Film Festival Planning Committee 2012

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