Spring is the time to look forward so please SAVE THE DATE for JAEFF 2019: NATION taking place from 20-22 September at the Barbican and Close-Up Cinema in London!

JAEFF 2019: Nation will examine national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of history in Japan with a programme of classic avant-garde cinema and contemporary experimental short form film. This weekend festival of screenings will be complemented by introductions from experts, Q&As, a free panel discussion and a filmmaker’s workshop for aspiring video artists.

The call for submissions for JAEFF 2019: NATION is closing soon! 

If you are (or if you know) a filmmaker, a videographer or a visual artist, head to the FilmFreeway page for more details on our rules and terms to submit your work. The page will be open until May 31 2019. JAEFF is looking forward to receiving your submission!

Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.