It was my dream to start a film festival here in Nara, where I grew up.
I have been making films in my hometown Nara and presenting the nature and lives of people here to the world. It is my greatest honor to have been awared the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 with the film I made in Nara. I couldn't think of a better timing to start a film festival. Together with local business owners and the support from the Nara city, the 1st Nara International Film Festival started in 2010. It provides an opportunity for young talent to grow and for people around the world to discover the true essence of Nara.
"The treasures are at our feet."
May the Nara International Fim Festival be the bridge between the people all over the world.