YIDFF Network Special Screenings
- China to Japan—Japanese Woman with Chinese Mother Tongue
- Challenge to Puccini—Takao Okamura: A Life Dedicated to Opera
The YIDFF Network is a volunteer group that was brought together for the inaugural YIDFF in 1989 at the initiative of filmmaker Ogawa Shinsuke. Since that time, the group has continued to be active on a wide range of levels, including organizing Friday Theater, a series of screenings aimed at the general public. Some volunteers have been involved in the selection process for the International Competition as well as past New Asian Currents and Japanese Panorama programs. They also undertake tasks during the festival, including reporting for, editing, and publishing the Daily Bulletin, as well as videotaping and photographing the proceedings. Recent years have seen growing involvement from students and those living outside Yamagata. YIDFF Network Special Screenings are organized for each festival with the intention of presenting films reflecting the volunteers’ own perspectives. The works we will screen at this year’s festival are by directors familiar to YIDFF.