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Movie City | Tokyo, Japan
Posted May 04, 2010 to photo album "Movie City | Tokyo, Japan"
Tokyo | City of Festivals
Until the 1980s, Tokyo had not yet embraced the idea of being a film festival town, but now it seems to be making up for lost time. The Tokyo International Film Festival was started in 1985 and is now one of the elite 10 global festival accredited by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations), along with Cannes, Venice, Berlin et al. In 1991, the city reached out to LGBT filmgoing audiences by founding the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which is still going strong and entering its 19th year. Takeshi Kitano (aka “Beat” Takeshi), the actor-writer-director, applied his myriad talents to the film festival world in 2000 by creating Tokyo Filmex, an event run through Office Kitano, his production company.