TIFF Director General

Welcome to the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival.

This year marks the 26th edition of TIFF.
I have received the baton from the great predecessors to take up the post as Director General this year.
I am going to make the utmost effort to boost the film festival to ensure further development.

As a leading film festival in Asia, and with the slogan of "A Films-First Festival", it is our role to deliver films, that have been produced with an eye towards TIFF around the world, to the audience in sections such as Competition, World Focus, and Special Screenings, to strengthen cooperation with other film festivals overseas, and to showcase excellent films to both Japanese and global markets through various media.

As Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympics, I hope this will bring fresh vigor not only to the world of sports but also to the film industry in Japan.
I look forward to seeing films with diverse individuality and talent coming through renewed sections such as Asian Future and Japan Cinema Splash to spread their wings on a global stage.

Government ministries and agencies, sponsors, media and those in the film industry have kindly extended a significant amount of help and support to TIFF again this year.
I would like to thank you, and welcome you all to TIFF.

I hope everyone will experience the wonder of TIFF.

Director General
Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF & TIFFCOM)
Yasushi Shiina

Yasushi Shiina

Yasushi Shiina Yasushi Shiina was born in 1951. After graduating from Faculty of Science and Engineering at the Waseda University in March 1974, Shiina joined Sumitomo Corporation Inc. in April the same year. He became a counselor of Media Division of Sumitomo in 1987. In 1991, he was appointed Director, General Manager of Film Division, Asmik, and assumed the position of Representative Senior Managing Director in 1998 before becoming President of Asmik Ace Entertainment in 2000. In the year 2004, he became President of Kadokawa Entertainment, and then President of Kadokawa Pictures in 2009. After appointed as Representative Senior Managing Director in 2011, he currently serves as Director-Executive Advisor of Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd. Among his official responsibilities, he serves as Chairman of Conference Group for Import and Clearance of Foreign Films in Japan and Vice-Chairman of Foreign Film Importer-Distributors Association of Japan, Inc.
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