37th Japanese Film Festival

On October 28 and 30, the Embassy of Japan and the Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, presented the 37th Japanese Film Festival at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The film festival opened on October 28 with remarks by Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane and Mr. Tom McSorley, Executive Director at Canadian Film Institute. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Ishikane spoke briefly about the popularity of Japanese features abroad, as well as the powerful effect movies can have on an audience. Following the opening speeches, the screening of the Japanese movie “Dad’s Lunch Box” took place.

The second and last movie of the film festival, “Japanese Girls Never Die”, was shown on October 30 at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

The Japanese Film Festival started in 1985 and introduced a variety of Japanese films to the people in the Ottawa- Gatineau region. It is one of the most popular annual events for the Embassy of Japan, and it is one of the longest-running events organised by the Canadian Film Institute.
Ambassador Ishikane delivering opening remarks
Mr. Tom McSorley, Executive Director of CFI, delivering opening remarks
The audience on October 28