As fans of independent cinema and the DIY ethos, we here at VCinema have been big supporters of Shinsedai since before we started as site. The opportunity to see new, independent Japanese cinema curated by two people, Jasper from midnight eye and Chris from the Toronto JFilm Pow-Wow, who are in the know is just too good of a proposition. In fact, Shinsedai 2010 was our first big coverage project for which we traveled all the way to the land of Molson and poutine.
As great of a time we had, the location of the event, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, was a bit of a problem. Let me preface this by saying that the Centre is actually the nicest cultural center I’ve ever been to. It’s a large facility which would normally be perfect for this kind of event (and, in fact, they have their own film screenings there often): a nice mid-sized, air-conditioned theater, lots of wide open space for receptions and interviews with guests, even the homemade Japanese food there is better than what you’d find down the street from the usual theater, but the distance of the place was a real problem. Even though Toronto has a pretty good public transportation system, it took almost an hour and a half for us to get from where we stayed to the Centre, far from ideal for the average Torontoite movie fans who center their activities in the downtown area.
Well, the Shinsedai Fest realized this and have moved themselves to a new location, The Revue Cinema at Howard Park and Roncesvalles in Roncesvalles Village. Dates have also been decided for next year’s festival, July 12th -15th, so even though that’s several months off, be ready!
For more detail about next year’s festival, check out the full press release after the bump.
Chris MaGee, co-founder of The Shinsedai Cinema Festival announced today that the fourth annual edition of the festival will be presented at The Revue Cinema in Roncesvalles Village, from Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, 2012.
Celebrating the new generation of films from Japan, the festival has become an avenue for young Japanese filmmakers to have their work screened overseas. It is renowned for presenting: dramas, quirky comedies, hard-hitting documentaries, experimental shorts and more. The Festival has also commissioned Toronto-based musicians and sound artists to create live scores for numerous classic Japanese silent films.
One early acquisition for The Festival’s 2012 line-up is the Canadian premiere of world renowned artist and animator Akino Kondoh’s new animated short film KiyaKiya.
The Shinsedai Cinema Festival has established itself as a vital part of Toronto’s lively and competitive film scene, representing a unique film project in the city. In 2011 the Festival received over 100 film submissions.
Gen Takahashi’s Confessions of a Dog received its Canadian premiere in 2010, and since then, the film has secured a DVD release in Britain and invitations for screenings from numerous festivals across the globe. The music documentary Aruongaku received its world premiere at the inaugural festival in 2009. It has gone on to be an anticipated part of the international festival circuit, winning praise wherever it has screened.
“The goal of The Shinsedai Cinema Festival has been to expose the great new films being produced in Japan to as many people in the city of Toronto as we can,” said MaGee. “The decision to move the Festival to the Revue, one of the city’s premiere repertory theatres in 2012, allows our audiences, filmmakers and out of town special guests the opportunity to enjoy the variety of cuisine, restaurants, pubs, and retail stores in Roncesvalles Village, before, between and after our screenings.”
Programming information for The Shinsedai Cinema Festival at The Revue Cinema 2012 will be announced over the coming months and available online at www.shinsedai.ca.
The Shinsedai Cinema Festival was co-founded in 2009 by Toronto native Chris MaGee, author and founder and editor of Toronto’s own J-Film Pow-Wow, the premiere Japanese film blog in Canada, and Jasper Sharp, UK writer, film historian and curator. Its purpose is to bring modern, boundary-pushing and independent-Japanese cinema to Toronto audiences each year, challenging Western audiences’ understanding and appreciation of what Japanese film is, now, and where it is going.