JFF 2021 is excited to have virtual Q&A sessions with the following individuals.
All director Q&As, except ‘Conversation with Liao Jiekai’, will be held in-cinemas,
after the screening of each respective film. Directors will be joining us virtually.

These sessions will be held only for those attending the physical screening.
So grab your tickets quick!

‘Conversation with Liao Jiekai’ is the only session that will be held fully online
and is open and free for all.

MATSUMOTO SOUSHI

DIRECTOR OF It’s a summer film!

Born 1988 in Saitama Prefecture, Soushi is a member of The Directors Farm. Soushi has directed numerous commercials, music videos and web / TV drama series including “Aobake No Table” and “Girl Wa Friend” He was nominated for 21st Japan Media Arts Festival, Entertainment Division Jury Selection with his directorial work, “Light Blue” (Yusuke Emoto / Music Video). “It’s a Summer Film!” had its world premiere at the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival, Special Screenings Selection and received excellent reviews from both the audience and critics. In 2021, his second feature “Around the Table” (feature film version of “Aobake No Table“) was released as well.

7 Oct 2021 | thursday
in-cinema post-screening of 7.15pm film
shaw theatres lido
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ISHIDA TOMOYA

DIRECTOR OF Transform!

Born in 1997 in Tokyo, ISHIDA Tomoya took interest in shooting videos after being introduced to iPads as a suitable learning tool in junior high school. After entering Rikkyo University, he elected to take a seminar on filmmaking and organised accessible film screenings as part of a volunteer group. This is his first film as the director.

9 Oct 2021 | SATURday
in-cinema post-screening of 8PM film
oldham theatre
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SUGIMOTO DAICHI

DIRECTOR OF A ROAD

SUGIMOTO Daichi was born in Nerima Ward in Tokyo.

As a university student, he won the PFF Award 2015 Grand Prix for his first directorial work “Aru Michi” (English title “A Road”). The film was invited to the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in 2018 in the Forum section.

10 Oct 2021 | SUNday
in-cinema post-screening of 5PM film
oldham theatre
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PASCAL-ALEX VINCENT

DIRECTOR OF SATOSHI KON, THE ILLUSIONIST

After studying cinema at the University of Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, he worked in the distribution of Japanese cinema in France for twelve years. He then began directing and shot eight short films, including “Bébé requin” (Official Selection, Cannes 2005) and “Candy Boy” (Selection Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2007). His first feature film “Donne-moi La Main” (2009) was released in a dozen countries. He has also coordinated two dictionaries of Japanese cinema (published by Carlotta Films)

10 Oct 2021 | SUNday
in-cinema post-screening of 7.15PM film
SHAW THEATRES LIDO
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KUDO RIHO

DIRECTOR OF Orphan’s blues

KUDO Riho was born in 1995, in Fukuoka, Japan. 

She won the PFF Award 2018 Grand Prix and the HikariTV Award for her graduation work “Orphans’ Blues” at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. The film was commercially released at theatres in Shinjuku and other theaters across Japan.

13 Oct 2021 | WEDNESday
in-cinema post-screening of 8PM film
OLDHAM THEATRE
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IKEDA AKIRA

DIRECTOR OF ANAtomy of a paper clip

IKEDA Akira was born in 1976 in Tokyo and graduated from Bunkyo University Faculty of Language and Literature Department of English Language and Literature. He had always been fascinated by movies since he was a child and spent his time watching many works. He began to make his own short films while studying English literature at Bunkyo University. He has continued to make short films after graduating while also being involved in various fields such as theatre, music, and dance through the production of moving images. He directed his first feature-length film “The Blue Monkey” in 2006 and a short film, “Landscape to Fly,” in 2008.

15 Oct 2021 | FRIday
in-cinema post-screening of 8PM film
OLDHAM THEATRE
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NAKAO HIROMICHI

DIRECTOR OF OBAKE

NAKAO Hiromichi started filmmaking after working on his friend’s film. He is a DIY-style director who makes films by himself. His first long feature film “Obake” won the PFF AWARD 2019 Grand Prix and the Best Picture award at the FILMADRID 2021 in Spain.

17 Oct 2021 | SUNday
in-cinema post-screening of 5PM film
OLDHAM THEATRE
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Liao Jiekai

Singaporean filmmaker, based in japan

LIAO Jiekai is a filmmaker and artist based in Singapore and Tokyo. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, and co-founded film collective “13 Little Pictures” upon returning to Singapore. His short and feature films were widely screened in international film festivals such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Torino, Nantes and Buenos Aires, most notably, “Red Dragonflies” which won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival. At the same time, he spearheaded the film and media art programme at the School of the Arts, Singapore where he taught for a decade. In 2012, he received the Young Artist Award for filmmaking from the National Arts Council of Singapore. In 2020, he received a Master’s Degree in Film Directing from Tokyo University of the Arts, having studied under film directors KUROSAWA Kiyoshi and SUWA Nobuhiro.

virtual conversation with liao jiekai on 23 oct 2021 | saturday | 2PM
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