YIDFF Network Special Screenings

The YIDFF Network is a volunteer group assembled for the inaugural YIDFF in 1989 on the initiative of filmmaker Ogawa Shinsuke. Its wide range of activities includes organizing Friday Theater, a series of screenings for the general public; participation in the selection of films for the festival; and the editing and publishing of the Daily Bulletin. The YIDFF Network Special Screenings at each festival show films reflecting volunteers’ own perspectives. This year, on the 30th anniversary of the founding of the festival, there will be three programs showing four films. The first marks twenty years since the death of filmmaker Yanagisawa Hisao, who made a great contribution to the festival, including serving on the jury for the Asia Program. Next is a screening of the latest work by Iizuka Toshio, who made A Movie Capital (1989), a documentary about YIDFF ’89. Finally, there will be a film championing a local director who, inspired by Ogawa Shinsuke, continues filmmaking as a side occupation.