Camera Japan Newsletter 22 August 2019
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CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2019
Rotterdam 25-29 September
Amsterdam 3-6 October

We are thrilled to announce that the programme for the 2019 CAMERA JAPAN Festival is now online!

Some highlights of the programme are Vision, the new film from KAWASE Naomi starring Juliette Binoche. Fly Me to the Saitama by TAKEUCHI Hideki
is a colorful modern fable on class war with a satirical sting. There's a buzz around the genre-blending comedy-drama-gangster-love story Melancholic from TANAKA Seiji.  We also go all sci-fi with the black comedy HARD-CORE by YAMASHITA Nobuhiro. Of course, there’s no CAMERA JAPAN without animation and this year we have the wonderful Penguin Highway from ISHIDA Hiroyasu. Our retrospective of classic films includes Kids Return, Crazed Fruit, The Sun’s Burial, and a silent film by OZU Yasujiro, I Was Born, But…, presented with a live soundtrack!

The theme for the 14th edition is Youth. At the festival, we will showcase films by and about young people in Japan. We are also organizing the first ever CAMERA JAPAN Youth Jury. If you, or someone you know, is between 16 and 25, keen on film, and curious to learn more about Japan, why not apply for a place on the jury. Go to our website to find out more (in Dutch only).
Help us bring exciting young talent to Rotterdam!
We are also hoping to bring three up-and-coming young directors to the festival to give them an opportunity to interact with an international audience. To make this happen, we have launched a crowdfunding effort on the platform. If you can contribute with a small donation, or by spreading the word among friends or on social media, please check out the CAMERA JAPAN crowdfunding page on (in Dutch only) or the English description on our website.

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Dirk, Alex, and Yasuo at CAMERA JAPAN 2017
Become a friend of the CAMERA JAPAN Festival
From small beginnings in 2006, CAMERA JAPAN has grown into the biggest Japanese cultural festival in the Benelux. Every year, we work hard to screen a broad and diverse cross-section of current Japanese cinema and to organize a substantial side programme with strong links to Japanese culture.

But, like so many other cultural organisations and institutions, CAMERA JAPAN has been hit by decreasing subsidies and rising costs. Thinking about new ways to finance the festival and to offer more value to you, the audience, we came up with the CAMERA JAPAN Kurabu ("kurabu" is the Japanese for club).

The CAMERA JAPAN Kurabu is not a one-off fundraising initiative like Kickstarter, but an opportunity for us to develop long-term relationships with fans of CAMERA JAPAN. You will play a key part in keeping the festival going and you will help us create what we like to think is a very special experience in the Netherlands. So, are you a Momo, an Ume, or a Sakura?

All the details are on our website.
This festival is part of the Rotterdam Festivals.
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