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This section will present 16 films chosen from films completed on or after 1st October 2015 and unreleased in Japan. The international jurors will choose the winners of the Grand Prix and Most Promising Talent Award.

Special Screenings

Special Programs <In & Out of Work: Looking at Asia through the Prism of Employment>

This program will reveal the true face of Asian societies and people through films that depict their labors.

Special Programs < New Action! Southeast Asia >

This special program features new movements in film bringing action to art films to heat up Southeast Asian Cinema.

Special Programs < Special Focus on Hong Kong 2017 >

This program will present Hong Kong films by a new generation of filmmakers in cooperation with Hong Kong Special Administration Region Economic and Trade Office Tokyo.

130th Anniversary of Thailand-Japan Diplomatic Relations: Thai Film Promotion

To celebrate the 130th Anniversary, this program will focus on Thai films including the masterpiece DUAY KLAW (THE SEED)(1987).

Indie Forum

This program will present 12 films by new innovative and challenging Japanese talents including 3 CO2 (Cineasts Organization Osaka) supported films. The JAPAN CUTS AWARD will be presented by Japan Society to the selected film from this section.

Supported Program <Housen Cultural Foundation: Support for film study and production>

Based in Osaka, the Housen Cultural Foundation supports film study and production in graduate schools. This program will show the films supported by the Housen Cultural Foundation. One of the films, “ BREATHLESS LOVERS”, has been selected to be screened in the Indie Forum section.