The Yamagata Creative Cities International Conference was held in the past by inviting focal points of domestic or overseas Creative Cities and various speakers from the film industry, holding symposiums themed on film and creative cities and reflecting on the creativity and possibilities found in film culture and sustainable urban development. For this year’s edition of the conference, people working … Read More
The film “Love Talk (越年 Lovers)” (2019) is a collaborative film project of Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia. A talented Taiwanese female director, Ms. KUO Chen-Ti (郭珍弟), was inspired by the short stories by OKAMOTO Kanoko, wrote and directed this film. This movie is a love story of three men and women in the New Year in Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia. … Read More
“Yamagata Tea Ceremony – Once in a Lifetime Encounters (一期一会〜山形のお茶文化〜)” (2020 / 24 mins / Dir: SATO Koichi (佐藤広一)) is a short documentary filmed through our local creative project “Yamagata Renaissance Project.” The project produces a series of films that will introduce the appeal of Yamagata’s traditional culture through new and contemporary eyes and offer young local film talent a chance … Read More
Yamagata City will renovate the former Yamagata Municipal Daiichi Elementary School “Yamagata Manabikan” to create a hub for creativity, and the project named “Q1 project” is in progress. Yamagata Manabikan is the former Yamagata Municipal Daiichi Elementary School built in 1927 as the first school constructed with reinforced concrete. It has been designated as a registered tangible cultural property in … Read More
“Yamagata Maiko – Traditional Performing Arts in the Modern Day (やまがた舞子〜受け継がれる伝統芸能〜)” (2019 / 26 mins / Dir: SATO Koichi (佐藤広一)) is a short documentary filmed through our local creative project “Yamagata Renaissance Project.” The project produces a series of films that will introduce the appeal of Yamagata’s traditional culture through new and contemporary eyes and offer young local film talent a chance … Read More
On Tuesday, 25 June 2019, we held the 20th Creative Café on the 3rd floor of Yamagata Manabikan. The theme was “Experience Contemporary Dance, Boost Creativity!“. It is a combination workshop to experience contemporary dance, discover Yamagata’s future hub “Yamagata Manabikan”, and make dance films to express “Colors of Yamagata” using the drone movie of Yamagata. Contemporary dance is a … Read More
Launched in 1989 to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the municipality of Yamagata, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) celebrated its 30 years anniversary in 2019. The festival garnered a very good reputation for its program of International Competition, and has been included on the Documentary Feature Qualifying Festival List for the annual Academy Awards®. Grand prize winners … Read More
As a collaborative project with the Busan City of Film, the 3rd Busan Intercity Film Festival, and the Busan Independent Film Association, Yamagata invited a Korean director, Mr. KIM Hwi Geun, to stay in Yamagata for 10 days to make a short film “Return.” For more details about our creative project, visit the Yamagata Artists-in-Residence.