Opening Ceremony
[Date] October 10 (Thu) 17:15  
[Venue] Yamagata Central Public Hall 6F
[Admission] Admission Free
Opening Film: On My Way to Fujiyama, I Saw . . .  Dir: Jonas Mekas / 1996 / 24 min

Awards Ceremony
[Date] October 16 (Wed) 17:00  
[Venue] Yamagata Central Public Hall 6F
[Admission] Admission Free
Closing Film: Angela’s Diaries—Two Filmmakers  Dir: Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi / 2018 / 125 min

Award Film Screenings
[Date] October 17 (Thu)
The screening program will be announced after the Awards Ceremony.

Finnish Sauna and Film

The Finnish sauna, a space for communication with parallels to Japanese bathhouse and hot spring culture. This year in Yamagata—itself a land of hot springs—you can watch documentaries about Finnish saunas, and try one out too!

[Date] October 12 (Sat) –15 (Tue)
[Venues] Square in front of Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (sauna / Free Admission), Solaris 1 (films)

Steam of Life  Dir: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen / 2010 / 81 min   Oct. 15 13:00 Solaris 1
Entrepreneur  Dir: Virpi Suutari / 2018 / 77 min   Oct. 15 16:00 Solaris 1

Finland Saunas
[Time] October 12 (Sat) 13 (Sun) (Changed)14 (Tue) 13:00–18:00 / October 15 (Mon) 15:00–19:00
[Venues] Square in front of Yamagata Citizens’ Hal
[What to bring] Swimming wears, towels, sandal
[Admission] Free

[In collaboration with] Finnish Film Foundation
[Supported by] Finland Embassy
[Design] Tomoyo Nakamura/buildingLandscape + Takashi Hirose/hrs architects
[Construction] Tohoku University of Art & Design Nishizawa Lab. + Tatsuhiro Ara
Yasuhiro Yamanaka Architects & YAMANAKA DESIGN OFFICE
Jokipiin Pellava Oy
Nystad Sauna Company
Osmia Finland
Visit Jyväskylä
Sauna from Finland

Collaborated Events

Maru Maru Nights @YIDFF 2019

Announcing a wide variety of events hosted in official collaboration with other organizations, to liven up the festival nights! Film screenings, discussions, and music performances will be held at cafes and restaurants near the film festival’s main venue.

[Date] October 11 (Fri) –15 (Tue)
[Venues] Bota Coffee, Bruno, Slow Jam

Festival Related Events

Oda Kaori Solo Exhibition “Muse Series—Paintings of Cenote

[Period] September 26 (Thu) –October 20 (Sun) 11:00–19:00 (Closed: TBA)
[Venue] Tongari Building (1F, 2-7-23 Nanukamachi, Yamagata-shi)
[Admission] Admission Free

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Tea Ceremony

[Date] October 12 (Sat), 14 (Mon) 11:00–15:00
[Venue] Yamagata Cituzens’ Hall (Large Hall) Lobby

Yamagata Creative Cities International Conference 2019
“The Film: The Potential to Connect the World”

Together with the leading directors and actor in the Japanese film industry, the conference seeks to explore the potential and creativity of Film in the world.

Guests: Otomo Keishi (Film Director), Mashima Hidekazu (Actor), Kurasaki Ken (TV Director)

[Date] October 16 (Wed) 13:30
[Venue] Forum 5
[Admission] Admission Free
[Presented by] Yamagata Creative City Promotion Council, Yamagata City

Yamagata Creative City Promotion Council website