Event Outline

From Osaka to All of Asia!

The Osaka Asian Film Festival aims to facilitate human resources development and exchange, to invigorate the Osaka economy, and to increase the city’s appeal, through providing opportunities to watch excellent Asian films, supporting filmmaking in Osaka and attracting filmmakers from Asian countries and regions to Osaka.

Promoting Osaka worldwide as a gateway city for Asian films, and engaging with many people from the fields of culture, art, education, tourism and business, from Osaka and all of Asia, OAFF works as an open platform to contribute to the development of Osaka.

Marking its 9th edition this year, OAFF, under programming director TERUOKA Sozo, will select high-quality Asian films, and the Competition section will feature newly-released films from Asia; Special Screenings and other special programs will be held. The Competition section, which receives increased recognition every year, will again select films previously unreleased in Japan. OAFF is an important cultural event, attracting a large number of viewers from all over Japan and overseas, as well as the local Kansai area. From Osaka to all of Japan, and all of Asia, OAFF introduces many films and strives to make Osaka a hub of moving image culture.

Through CO2, a grant program to encourage up-and-coming filmmakers, we will promote Osaka worldwide as a gateway city of film culture and the film industry, and develop human resources and build a network for film production, screening and distribution in Asia.

We will also host the Osaka Cinema Festival, which features the screenings of Osaka-related films and an award ceremony to celebrate this year’s best ten films as chosen by Osaka film experts and fans.

Hosted by
Osaka Executive Committee for the Promotion of Moving Image Culture
March 7 (Fri) - 16 (Sun), 2014
(Pre-events will be held before the festival.)



This section will present the latest Asian films, which will have their Japan Premieres at OAFF. We will call for entries, and select from various types of films. From the selected films, the international jurors (3-5 members) will choose the winners of the Grand Prix and Most Promising Talent Award. The Audience Award chosen by audience voting, and the sponsor award (the ABC Award by the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation) will also be bestowed. We will distribute press releases to both domestic and international media outlets, and will actively announce the event through international film festivals, media outlets and film institutes.

Special Screenings

The Special Screenings will select much-talked-about Asian films, while the Special Programs will feature a specific filmmaker or country/region. Through these sections, we will introduce a wide variety of old and new Asian films.
Opening Film: “KANO”
Closing Film: “The Light Shines Only There”

Special Programs

[ Taiwan: Movies on the Move 2014 ]

In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan and the Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, OAFF 2014 will showcase excellent new Taiwanese films that mirror the current Taiwan, and also hold a program entitled “Taiwanese-language Films and Japan”.

< Taiwanese-language Films and Japan >

Many Taiwanese-language films were produced in Taiwan in 1960s, but because most of the production companies were small, not many of the films had not been well archived. The recent efforts to gather and restore these scattered films have achieved some positive results, and we are able to screen one of the films, “Guitar at Hot Spring (unofficial title)”, for the first time outside Taiwan.

[ Special Focus on Hong Kong 2014 ]

In cooperation with the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) and the Hong Kong Tourism Board, OAFF 2014 will focus on films by up-and-coming filmmakers from Hong Kong. In addition, we will show three masterpiece films from the golden era of Hong Kong film in the Special Screenings in Memory of Run Run Shaw.

< Special Screenings in Memory of Run Run Shaw >

Shaw Brothers Studio in Hong Kong produced numerous great films from 1960s to 1970s, regarded as a golden age of Hong Kong film. The father of Hong Kong’s movie Industry, Run Run Shaw, who passed away in the beginning of 2014 at the age of 106, nurtured many filmmakers and stars. OAFF 2014 will show three masterpieces from the Shaw Brothers.

[ Memorial 3.11 – Three Years from Great East Japan Earthquake ]

It has been three years since the unprecedented earthquake and recovery is proceeding slowly. We have chosen three films among many films which deal with the disaster, and we will also hold a talk event.

Indie Forum

Indie Forum section features innovative and challenging films by rising directors every year. This year, as in previous years, the CO2 (Cineastes Organization Osaka) grant-recipient films and a workshop film will have their world-premiere in this section. In addition, four films by three young Japanese directors will be screened. Please witness the emergence of these stimulating talents.

CO2 website


Welcome Party

OAFF will hold a Welcome Party for our guests, sponsors/supporters and the public.

Date: March 14 (Fri), 2014 / 19:00-20:30
Venue: Osaka City Central Public Hall


A symposium will be hosted by Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS), Kyoto University, Malaysian Film Culture Research Center, and OAFF.

Theme: High-rising Imagination from Asia ―― Between Life and Death
Date: March 15 (Sat), 2014 / 14:00-16:00
Venue: Osaka Museum of History

Asian Star Festival

A Red Capet event "Asian Star Festival" will be hosted by Osaka Government Tourism Bureau(OGTB).

Date: March 7 (Fri), 2014 / 16:00-16:40
Venue: JR Osaka Station, Osaka Station City 5F

Talk Events

OAFF will hold talk events with filmmakers. Dates and details are to be determined.

OAFF Poster Exhibition

We will exhibit posters of selected films from OAFF 2014 and past festivals at Umeda E-ma. The trailers of selected films and OAFF PR videos will be shown at the venues.

Dates: February 22 (Sat) - March 16 (Sun), 2014
Venue: Umeda E-ma, South entrance atrium on the 1sat floor
Cooperation: E-ma

Asian Book Fair

In collaboration with the mega bookstore MARUZEN & JUNKUDO Umeda, OAFF2014 will hold an Asian Book Fair.

Dates: February 16 (Sun) – March 31 (Mon), 2014
Venue: MARUZEN&JUNKUDO Umeda, 5F Art Book section
Cooperation: MARUZEN&JUNKUDO Umeda

OAFF Nakanoshima Cruise

This special cruise with OAFF participating guest filmmakers will sail out from Hotarumachi port by the ABC Hall, navigating through central Osaka. Please enjoy time with the filmmakers!

Date: March 16 (Sun), 2014 / 13:30-15:00

Osaka Film Location Promotion Program

Aiming to encourage filmmakers to shoot their films in Osaka, which will lead to an increase in visitors to the city, OAFF, with cooperation from the Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau and Asian filmmakers, will actively promote the merits of Osaka as a film location site. This program will provide valuable opinions and information, allowing Osaka to increase its attractiveness as a film location.


Osaka Cinema Festival 2014

Osaka Cinema Festival introduces excellent Japanese films, focusing on films related to Osaka. The event will hold an award ceremony for the Best Picture and individual awards from the Osaka Cinema Festival Best 10, which will be determined by moviegoers' votes; and the awarded film will be screened after the ceremony.

Date: March 2 (Sun), 2014 / 10:00-16:30
Venue: Osaka Museum of History

Film Seminars

We will hold special seminars, including Asian film seminars by the OAFF programming director TERUOKA Sozo, and a seminar on film subtitling. We will also cooperate with several universities to broaden the supporter base for moving image culture.

<Asian film seminars>

Dates: July 7, 2013 – Feburuary 2, 2014
Venue: Osaka Museum of History, Training Room 1

<Film subtitling seminar>

Date: November 6, 2013
Venue: Osaka University, Minoh Campus

Umeda Burg 7, ABC Hall, Teijin Hall, Cine Libre Umeda, Cine Nouveau, Osaka Station City Cinema, Planet Studio Plus One, Osaka Museum of History, and others.
Organized by

Osaka Executive Committee for the Promotion of Moving Image Culture

Osaka City

NPO Community Cinema Osaka

Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation

Osaka Association of Theater Owners

under the
auspices of

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (under application)

Agency for Cultural Affairs

Federation of Japanese Films Industry, Inc.

Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc.

Foreign Film Importer – Distributors Association of Japan

Japan Association of Theatre Owners


Supported by
Japan Arts Council
Special supported by
Ministry of Culture, Taiwan

DHL Japan, Inc

Panasonic Corporation

Special sponsors

Athenee Francais Cultural Center

Ipponmatsu Shipping Co., Ltd.

The Film School of Tokyo


Graduate School of Language and Culture / School of Foreign Studies Osaka University, Osaka University Library

Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS), Kyoto University


Suntory Publicity Service Limited

Thai Airways

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, Taipei Culture Center


Tokyo Theatres Company, Incorporated

Toyosu Co.Ltd.

Nakanoshima Club

Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong Special Administration Region Economic and Trade Office Tokyo

Hong Kong Tourism Board


Malaysian Film Culture Research Center

Wise Infinity Inc.

Osaka Executive Committee for the Promotion of Moving Image Culture
4-B-801, Tsuruno-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka 5300014 C/O NPO Community Cinema Osaka
phone. +81-(0)6-6373-1211 fax. +81-(0)6-6373-1213