FILMFilm Division


Founded in 1958 by the “Committee to Honor Shozo Makino”, for the purpose of awarding filmmakers who contributed to the development of Japanese cinema. Shozo was a Kyoto born filmmaker often regarded as the father of Japanese cinema.
The award had been given at the Kyoto Citizen’s Film Festival and Kyoto Film Festival then at Kyoto International Film and Art Festival.
A prize winner
2018 Yasuo Furuhata
2017 Jiro Shindo
2016 Masahiro Shinoda
2015 Teruyo Nogami
2014 Daisaku Kimura
Sadao Nakajima (Director/Honorary Chairman of Kyoto International Film and Art Festival)
Tsuneyuki Kamikura (Professor, Osaka University)
Norihiro Yamaguchi (Toei Kyoto Studio, Director of Planning and Production)
Kazuyoshi Okuyama (Film Producer)


Toshiro Mifune is one of the leading Japanese movie stars representing the best of Japan’s post-war movies. To this day, he is admired throughout the world. The fierce action scenes rendered through his wild, dynamic demeanor and tall frame have had a revolutionary impact on cinematic expression and acting worldwide.
The Toshiro Mifune award has been newly established for the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival, with a selection committee that is made up of leading figures in the Japanese movie scene. The award is given to actors who are most likely to make an international impact on the film industry.
A prize winner
2018 Koichi Sato
2017 Tadanobu Asano
2016 Hiroshi Abe
2015 Tatsuya Nakadai
2014 Koji Yakusho
Teruyo Nogami (Writer /Former Manager of Kurosawa Film Production)
Tadao Sato (Film critic)
Daisaku Kimura (Cinematographer, Director)
Rikiya Mifune (Director of Mifune Productions)
Kazuyoshi Okuyama (Film Producer)


A diverse range of films unbounded by genre, including films to be released after KIFF 2019 and foreign films unreleased in Japan, will be introduced with special guests.
One of the attractions in this year’s program, and a befitting one for the concept of“ Film, Art and All the Other Things,” is the Japan premiere of “Kusama: Infinity,” a documentary about Yayoi Kusama, who is one of the world’s most famous artists.

Screening Films

BLACKFOX:age of the Ninja
Finding Light at the Darkness Festival
Love Dou Hua
Dosukoi! Love
Dead Flowers
Keluarga Cemara
The Fatal Raid My life as a Cowboy
What Marilyn Didn’t Know


This year marks the 90th year since the father of Japanese cinema Shozo Makino passed away. As such we are screening his work, which can be argued to be the root of Japanese cinema.The screening will be in the form of Katsuben (live narration), narrated by the oldest active performer in the industry, Yoichi Inoue.
We will pay respect to Shozo Makino through a Satsujin theatrical combat supervised by director Sadao Nakajima, and live demonstration of a Chambara sword fight to celebrate Makino’s success.


Orochi&90th Anniversary of Shozo Makino’s Death: Remembering His Success


The “TV Director’s Movie” is a collaborative project that brings together TV stations and Yoshimoto Kogyo to co-create ambitious movies unbridled by genre conventions.
Following the festival in Okinawa, the program introduces all the numerous quality films produced through this project, earlier than anywhere else.
This year, we are screening 8 films.

Screening Films

Little miss period
My Sweet Grappa Remedies
kiss cam!-come on, kiss me again-
A Life Turned Upside Down : My Dad's an Alcoholic


This is KIFF’s staple category, where a unique cinematic experience of“ discovering the new through the old” is offered to old and young audiences in the birthplace of Japanese cinema, Kyoto.
The program will be held at a venue only Kyoto can provide: the historic building of Oe Nogakudo, which turns 111 years old this year. The screening will be accompanied by silent film narration (Katsuben), musical instrument performance, and commentary.
The event includes a special screening of films for which Mr. Shozo Makino acted as a director or an executive producer (also introduced in the Special Program section), as well as Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy comedies from the golden age of silent movies.

90th Anniversary of Shozo Makino’s Death

Screening Films

Films directed and executive - produced by Shozo Makino
The oldest Chushingura [Digitally restored,the longest version]
Katsuben: Ichiro Kataoka / Music performance: Ayumi Kamiya, Masayoshi Tanaka, Yasumi Miyazawa

Films directed and executive-produced by Shozo Makino
- Screening Films -
Jiraiya the Hero(Director:Shozo Makino)
Raiden(Director: Shozo Makino, Sadatsugu Matsuda)
Yashaoh(Director:Shozo Makino)
Chuji Kunisada(Director:Shozo Makino)
Katsuben narrator: Raiko Sakamoto, Music performance: Ryo Torikai

Director Masahiro Makino and later Makino films
- Screening Films -
Sozenji Baba(Director:Masahiro Makino)
Gyakuryu(Director:Buntaro Futagawa)
Kuroshiro Soshi(Junzo Sone)
The Stars Makino Gave Birth To
Katsuben narrator: Raiko Sakamoto, Music performance: Ryo Torikai

Katsuben de Go!

Staple Event at KIFF. Katsuben performers (silent movie narrators) and comedians team up in pairs to take on the challenge of showcasing various films through Katsuben narration.

Screening Films

Katsuben de Go!
Produce:Naoki Tachikawa, Ichiro Kataoka
Katsuben narrators: Ichiro Kataoka and others
Music performance: Ryo Torikai, Haruka Amamiya

Harold Lloyd : The king of comedy,hard work and courage

Screening Films

Girl Shy
For Heaven’s Sake

Laurel and Hardy: The aesthetics of duo acts

Screening Films

Liberty (Directed by Leo McCarey)
Music Box (Directed by James Parrott)

Silent Film Special : Cinderella from around the world

Screening Films

Ella Cinders (United States)
Cinderella Meets Fella (United States, Animation)
Cinderella (United Kingdom, from the 1919 illustrated book by Arthur Rackham)
Cinderella Magic Lantern Slides (East Germany)
Princess Cinderella Magic Lantern Slides (Japan)
Katsuben narrator: Kumiko Omori, Music performance: Haruka Amamiya, Commentator: Masanao Kawata


Kinji Fukasaku has produced numerous masterpieces over his career.
Last year, we introduced his classics in the genres of violence and action, which are his fortes.
This year we will focus more on his work dealing with “women”
Born July 3, 1930 in Midoriokamura, Ibaraki Prefecture.
Attended Ibaraki University Junior High School, Ibaraki Prefectural Mito First High School, and then enrolled at the Nihon University College of Art.
After graduating, Fukasaku joined the Toei Company in 1953.
He made his directorial debut in 1961 with Wandering Detective: Tragedy in Red Valley, the first film to star Sonny Chiba.
Released in 1973, his hit film Battles Without Honor and Humanity, broke Japanese film history records. Known for numerous major hit films, including Shogun’s Samurai (1978), Virus (1980), Makai Tensho (1981), Fall Guy (1982), Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983), Crest of Betrayal (1994), and Battle Royale (2000).
Fukasaku was awarded with a Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor in 1997.
His work in 2002 directing a CG movie for Clocktower 3 (a Playstation 2 game by Capcom) would mark his final film.
On September 25, 2002, it was announced that Fukasaku suffered from prostate cancer, which had metastasized in the spine. The same day, production of Battle Royale II: Requiem (2003) was announced. Filming began December 16, with Fukasaku's son Kenta filling in as the director (he also produced the film).
Though he planned to recover from his battle with cancer, Fukasaku passed away at the age of 72. While he's mainly known for his action and yakuza films, his work spans a wide range of genres, including period dramas such as Shogun's Samurai (1978) and Makai Tensho (1981),artistic films such as House on Fire (1986) and Omocha (1999),science fiction films such as The Green Slime (1968), Message from Space (1978), Virus (1980), and horror films such as Crest of Betrayal (1994).

Screening Films

The Rage of Love(1988)
House on Fire(1986)
Ronin town・Trailer - Toei Kyoto studio in the summer of 1976 -


To celebrate the publication of the latest issue of “Mokushi roku” (Revelation), written by the director of KIFF Creator’s Factory, Taichi Kasuga, we will be screening the films introduced in the book.

Screening Films

That man, being violent


Introducing Kyoto from various perspectives – people and places that tourists do not have a chance to see just from a short visit.
This year we will be screening animation films related to Kyoto by doll animation artist directors Kihachiro Kawamoto and Katsuo Takahashi.

Screening Films

Breaking of Branches is Forbidden
the Fire Clebration at Kurama
Benkei vs Ushiwaka
The Princess of the Moon
The Tiny Boy

Film Festivals Collaborations

There are many creative film festivals unique to Kyoto, the birthplace of Japanese cinema.
Many movie events are held, and there are also museums etc. which help people in Japan and those from abroad to learn the history and enjoyment of cinema. In addition to the screening of films recommended by film lovers in Kyoto, this collaborative program between film festivals allows people to enjoy the various features of each festival.

Kyoto International Student Film Festival

Japan’s largest international student film festival which is planned and operated by university students in the Kansai area, with a focus on Kyoto.
The aim is to revitalize Kyoto by creating a place of international exchange and mutual understanding, and to widely disseminate the appeals and potential of these student movies from Kyoto.

Screening Films

The Place of oblivion(Mexico)
The Unbeaked(France)

Kyo Machinaka Film Festival

A Film Festival with the theme “Walk around Kyoto and Watch Movies!.” Music movies are screened at various locations, from cafes and live music clubs to temples.
Audiences can enjoy both movie screenings and live music performances, making this festival very popular. . .

Kyo Machinaka Film Festival 2019
Period: Sunday, 1 December - Thursday, 28 November

Screening Films

Imawano Kiyoshiro Naniwa Sullivan Show Kando Saiko

Kinder Film Fest KYOTO

At the Kyoto International Children’s Film Festival, which marks its 25th year this year, “Kid Juries” who are chosen from the public select a Grand Prix after watching the films and discussing them on their own. This film festival wouldn’t exist without these “Kid Staff.”

Screening Films

Our Future Movie Theater

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

Japan’s largest international student film festival which is planned and operated by university students in the Kansai area, with a focus on Kyoto.
The aim is to revitalize Kyoto by creating a place of international exchange and mutual understanding, and to widely disseminate the appeals and potential of these student movies from Kyoto.

Screening Films

The Cambodian Theater(Cambodia)
The Fighter(Indonesia)
RITO RITO(Vietnam)
Special Screening
Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story(Thailand))」

Gion Tenmaku Film Festival

Every year on July 15th, on the yoi-yoi-yama night of the Gion Festival, Shijo-Dori becomes a pedestrian zone and an outdoor cinema is set up.Now in its 11th year, this is fast becoming a new feature of Gion summers.
There are also plenty of movies to be screened with precious images and videos of Kyoto. This year, films by EUROPE-KIKAKU are the recommended works by Gion Tenmaku Festival and will be screened at the outdoor cinema.

EUROPE-KIKAKU Special Screening

“Utsu! Namida namu – O-Tomodachi Mitsuketara, Nanto!?” Directed by Masahiro Kuroki
“Yokoso! Ryuko-cho e – Sakadaru Fumiyoshi wa Sotto Shinai” Masahiro Kuroki x Yoshifumi Sakai
“Apato” Tetsuya Kobayashi x Takashi Tsunoda
“Hontoni Atta Tomodachi no Hanashi”, Masao Nabeshima x Kazunari Tosa
“Tsuitekuru Komento” Takuki Matsuu x Gota Ishida
“Nijuu Issai no Chizu” Directed by Gota Ishida
“21st century Last Day!” Directed by Yoshifumi Sakai
“Futari wa Keiji – Danchi to Kiyomasa” Directed by Takashi Tsunoda
“Utsu! Namida namu – Kizuki e Michibiku Nijuu Ichi Gen” Directed by Masahiro Kuroki
“Tekidona Futari” Directed by Yuma Shibata


Japanese anime has been enjoyed as a form of cinematic art through its 100-year history, but it has also contributed to community revitalization, as well as global exchange between people across the world. The screening will include": Children of the Sea", this year’s early summer hit feature animation from 3DCG; "Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan", an animation starring mascot characters to promote community revitalization; and 4 films from the "Anime Tamago 2018" a training project for young animators. Moreover, in addition to last year’s "G9+1" and "Animation Palette", we will also be screening a film from "Bomfor 64", a short anime school unit made up of Bakuhatsuro Ikeda, Hiroyuki Morita, and Mami Mayama.

Screening Films

Children of the Sea

Anime Tamago 2018

"Anime Tamago" is the nickname for the project commissioned by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, "Project to Nurture Young Animators and Other Talent", which started in 2010 to nurture animators and other artists who carry the future of the industry, through OJT (On-the-Job Training), for the purpose of the promot ion and development of Japanese animation. It is a project that nurtures young artists such as new animators, through OJT and Off-JT (Off-the-Job-Training), as they make original short animat ions. Following on from last year, we will screen four films in the Anime category.

Anime Tamago 2018 Films

Time Driver: The Future We Drew(Producer: IMAGICA Lab., ROBOT; Director: Jyunichi Yamamoto)
ENGIMON(Producer: STUDIO NANAHOSHI LLC / usagiou inc.; Director: Koudai Sato)
Milky Panic(Producer: TOMASON Co., Ltd.; Director: Shinnosuke Numata)
Midnight Crazy Trail(Producer: PICONA.Inc; Director: Kazushige Yusa)


Screening Film

Waiting for Someone

Bomfor 64

Screening Films

Boham / Spiral Man
Every one Wants to Know But Nobody Asks…

Animation Palette

“Body Obsession” (Director: Shino Nagasako)
“CASTLE” (Director: Ryotaro Miyajima)
“Mekakure” (Director: Akifumi Nonaka)
“Return of Lesson” (Director: Senri Iida)
“Sekka” (Director: Mayuko Yamakita)
“CREATIVE EVOLUTION" (Director: Young-Sung Sohn)