Red Carpet ceremony
The Nara International Film Festival 2018 will officially kick off with the Red Carpet ceremony. The ceremony will welcome film directors, juries, and our special guests, as well as all the supporters and sponsors of the festival.
NARAtive is a filmmaking project aimed to connect Nara and the world while providing young filmmakers an opportunity to create film in Nara. The 2016’s prize winner, Ida Panahande will present her view of Nara through her film.
the International Competition
The main competition program of NIFF, the International Competition aims at discovering emerging new talents. All the International Competition films are the directors’ first or second feature films and are presented as their Japanese or Nara premieres. This year, we have received more than 256 films from 67 countries.
NARA-wave: Student Film Competition
NARA-wave is the NIFF’s student film competition program which includes both short and full-length films. From this edition, NARA-wave selections are not only from students in Japan but also from abroad. All of the films introduced in this section are provided with English and/or Japanese subtitles.
THE OLD OBANA-ZA CINEMA
The OBANA-ZA Theater was the first movie theater in Nara city and entertained many locals until 1980 when it was remodeled to become today’s Hotel Sunroute Nara.
For 70 years OBANA-ZA was appreciated by people in Nara as a hub of entertainment. The glory of OBANA-ZA will be temporally restored during this festival.
Youth Jury Program: Berlinale Generation－Spotlight
The NIFF 2018’s newly launched youth program, “Berlinale Generation－Spotlight” presents five recommended films from the Berlinale Generation. The exquisite film selection artistically stimulates and entertains not only children but also audiences of all age.
Invitation films from Cannes Film Festival
NIFF invites four short films from our partner Cannes Film Festival Short Films and the student short film section, Cinéfondation.
NIFF collaborates with SSFF & ASIA to present a discussion session inviting top-class professionals from the international film industry. This audience inclusive event delves into all aspects of filmmaking with its focus on nurturing the next generation of filmmakers.
KODOMO Filmmaking Workshop
The filmmaking workshop designed to nurture filmmakers of generations to come. Teenage students will learn how to make films over the course of workshop from experienced film directors.