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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 and cinema.

Marking its 12th edition this year, OAFF, under programming director TERUOKA Sozo, will again select high-quality Asian films. The Competition section, which receives increased recognition every year, will again select films previously unreleased in Japan. The regular sections, Special Screenings and Indie Forum, and other special programs will also feature a wide variety of excellent Asian films.

OAFF attracts a large number of viewers from all over Japan and overseas, as well as from 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.

Hosted by
Osaka Executive Committee for the Promotion of Moving Image Culture
March 3 (Fri) - 12 (Sun), 2017

(Pre-events are held before the festival.)



This section will present the latest Asian films, which will have their Japan premieres at OAFF. From the films, the international jurors will choose the winners of the Grand Prix and Most Promising Talent Award.

Special Screenings

The Special Screenings will select much-talked-about Asian films.

Special Programs

The Special Programs will feature a specific country/region or theme.

Indie Forum

Indie Forum section features innovative and challenging films by rising directors every year. The CO2 (Cineastes Organization Osaka) grant-recipient films will have their world-premiere in this section.

CO2 website

Osaka Asia Star ★ Award & Talk

This program selects one significant figure from the Japanese or Asian film industries, and bestows an award on him/her. Along with the award ceremony, an in-depth talk event with the awardee will be held to applaud his/her achievement.


Welcome Party

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

Date: March 9 (Thu)

Venue: Osaka City Central Public Hall

Symposiums/Talk Events

A number of symposiums and talk events, featuring participating filmmakers, will be held during the festival.

OAFF Poster Exhibition

We will exhibit posters of selected films from OAFF 2017 and past festivals.

Dates: February 13 (Mon) - February 18 (Sat) 11:00-20:00


Dates: February 13 (Mon) - March 12 (Sun)

Venue: Gallery Metro Shinsaibashi, Osaka subway Shinsaibashi station yard

Gallery Metro Nagahoribashi, Osaka subway Nagahoribashi station yard

Dates: February 21 (Tue) - March 10 (Fri) (Closed in weekend)

Venue: Osaka City Hall (Yodoyabashi)

Asian Book Fair

In collaboration with the mega bookstore MARUZEN & JUNKUDO Umeda, OAFF 2016 holds an Asian Book Fair.

Dates: January 28 (Sat) – March 31 (Fri)

Venue: MARUZEN & JUNKUDO Umeda, 5F Art Book section

Cooperation: MARUZEN & JUNKUDO Umeda


Film Seminars

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

< Asian film seminars >

Dates: September 25, 2016 – Feburuary 12, 2017

Venue: Osaka International House Foundation

< Film subtitling seminar >

Date: November 7, 2016

Venue: Osaka University, Minoh Campus

Umeda Burg 7, ABC Hall, Cine Libre Umeda, Hankyu Umeda Hall, and others.
Organized by

Osaka Executive Committee for the Promotion of Moving Image Culture

Osaka City

Osaka Asian Film Festival

Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation

Osaka Association of Theater Owners

Seven Dew Co., Ltd

Presented under the auspices of

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Agency for Cultural Affairs

Osaka Prefectural Government

Korean Cultural Center Osaka

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

The Japan Foundation Asia Center




Special Sponsors

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Osaka

Hong Kong Special Administration Region Economic and Trade Office Tokyo


Athenee Francais Cultural Center

Air India

The Film School of Tokyo


Graduate School of Language and Culture / School of Foreign Studies Osaka

Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

National Museum of Art, Osaka

Research in Film and Society in Southeast Asia (Refssea)

XYMAX KANSAI Corporation

Suntory Publicity Service Limited

Japan Society

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited


Tokyo Theatres Company, Incorporated

Toyosu Co.Ltd.

Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy

Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store

Housen Cultural Foundation


Yakushi Pearl Japan

Wise Infinity Inc.

Osaka Asian Film Festival Office

4-B-801, Tsuruno-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka 5300014

phone. +81-(0)6-6373-1211 fax. +81-(0)6-6373-1213