26 April 2011

Image Forum Festival 2011


It is time once again for the Image Forum Festival to get underway. The festival is jam-packed with alternative animation and experimental films from Japan and around the world.  It opens in Tokyo this weekend and will travel to other cities across Japan throughout May and June.

Tokyo  
29 April – 8 May 2011 (Shinjuku Park Tower)
29 April – 7 May 2011 (Image Forum Cinematheque)
Kyoto
4 – 10 June 2011 (Kyoto Cinema)
Fukuoka 
 1 – 5 June 2011 (Fukuoka City Public Library)
Yokohama  
10 – 11 June 2011 (Yokohama Museum of Art)
Nagoya 
15 – 19 June 2011 (Aichi Arts Center)

Some of my favourite artists have their latest works screening in the first few programs including Mirai Mizue, Taku Furukawa, Hiroco Ichinose, Keiichi Tanaami + Nobuhiro Aihara, Naoyuki Tsuji, and Kazuhiro Goshima. Mirai Mizue will also be at Nippon Connection (hope to see you there!), Anifest, and Stuttgart this week and next.

Here is a taste of the screening programs:


Program A: Japan Animation Panorama 
MODERN by Mirai Mizue
Tatamp (Mirai Mizue /video/6 min)
MODERN (Mirai Mizue / video/7 min)
SPONCHOI Pispochoi (pecoraped / video/6 min)
TWO TEA TWO (Hiroco Ichinose / video/3 min)
Hana no Hanashi (はなのはなし/Taku Furukawa / video/6 min)
Watashi no Konseki (私の痕跡/Daisuke Nagaoka / video/4 min)
many go round (Yoshihisa Nakanishi / video/6 min)
Omokage (おもかげ/Maki Satake / video/6 min)
Holiday (ホリディ/Ryota Hirano / video/15 min)
Inugoya no Bouken (いぬごやのぼうけん/Hiroyuki Mizumoto / video/22 min)

Program B: Tricky Image
Inkblot #2 by Yuiko Matsuyama
Grass/Sleep (Kazuhiro Goshima/ video/10 min)
Kitsunebi (狐火/Yuki Tsuchiya/ video/30 min)
EXIST (Tetsuka Niiyama/ video/2 min)
INKBLOT #2 (Yuiko Matsuyama/ video/10min)
Exchange (遣取/Moeka Komuro/ video/10 min)
telescope (Katsunori Mizuno/ video/15 min)

Program C: Kehai no Eiga
Kaze no Sei by Naoyuki Tsuji
Dareka ga iru dareka ga iru dareka ga iru
(誰かがいる 誰かがいる 誰かがいる/
Akira Hoshino + Shinatsu Yokomizo +Hirotade Suzuki /8mm/25 min)
EDEN(Shinya Isobe/16 mm/15 min)
FANTÔME(Yo Ota/16 mm/8min)
Wind Spirit (風の精/Naoyuki Tsuji/16 mm/6 min)
Inner Child (内なるこども/Aimi Tanaka /8 mm/18 min)

Program D: Chōichijō no Eiga
Dreams by Tanaami + Aihara
Tokyo Three Dimensional Suite 
(東京浮絵百景/Kazuhiro Goshima / video /15 min)
Subete wa hon (総ては本/Sakumi Hagiwara / video /15 min)
Risan no uta (離散の歌/Hōshu Kurokawa / video /37 min)
garden (Ryohei Shimada / video /9 min)
DREAMS (Keiichi Tanaami +Nobuhiro Aihara / video /6 min)

Three Rooms by Takashi Ishida
. . . and much, much more, including the latest work by one of my favourite installation artists Takashi Ishida. The piece is called Three Rooms (三つの部屋) and is screening in Program I: Hikari no naka de (In the Light). Check out the Image Forum Festival 2011 website to learn more.

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