by Chris MaGee
I've found myself delving fairly deeply into the indie film scene in Japan as of late, so it was with pleasure that I saw the announcement at Screen Daily of this year's Skip City International D-Cinema Festival running from July 10th to July 20th at the Skip City Audio Visual/ Convention Hall in Kawaguchi City, Saitama. Now going into its 6th year the Skip City Festival highlights exciting young filmmaking talent from around the world who are working in cutting edge digital formats. Included in the 48 film line-up from countries as diverse as Serbia, Germany, Cuba, Taiwan, and Canada the fest's programmers are holding a special Japanese competition in the newly inaugurated Japanese Cinema section. this consists of three films: Kazuya Shiraishi’s "Lost Paradise In Tokyo", Jun’ichi Kanai’s "Courtship" and Yusuke Murakami’s "Piece: Peace". Along with this new Japanese section the fest is also playing host to the new digitally restored print of Akira Kurosawa's 1950 classic "Rashomon" as well as two new additions to Shochiku's ongoing "Cinema Kabuki" project, which captures live kabuki performances using the latest in HD and Surround Sound technology.
To find out more about the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival check out its official website here.