Event Outline

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 10th 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.

Hosted by
Osaka Executive Committee for the Promotion of Moving Image Culture
March 6 (Fri) - 15 (Sun), 2015
(Pre-events will be held before the festival.)



This section will present 12 films chosen from films completed on or after 1st October 2013 and unreleased in Japan. 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

[ New Action! Southeast Asia]

This special program features new action films from Southeast Asian countries.

[ Taiwan: Movies on the Move 2015 ]

In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan and the Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, OAFF 2015 will showcase excellent new Taiwanese films that mirror the current Taiwan, and also hold a program entitled “Edward Yang and Taiwan New Cinema”.

[ Special Focus on Hong Kong 2015 ]

In cooperation with the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, OAFF 2015 will focus on films by up-and-coming filmmakers from Hong Kong. In addition, we will show a documentary about star Bruce Lee in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of his birth .

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

It has been four years since the unprecedented earthquake and recovery is proceeding slowly. We have chosen two films (both of them were suspended to release in Japan after the 3.11 earthquake) 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, 6 films by six young 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 13 (Fri), 2015 / 19:00-20:30

Venue: Osaka City Central Public Hall



Asian Star Festival

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

Date: March 6 (Fri), 2015

Venue: TBC

OAFF Poster Exhibition

We will exhibit posters of selected films from OAFF 2015 and past festivals at Umeda E-ma.

Dates: February 21 (Sat) - March 12 (Thu), 2015

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, OAFF2015 will hold an Asian Book Fair.

Dates: February 16 (Mon) – March 31 (Tue), 2015

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 14 (Sat), 2015 / 11:00-13:00

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.

Other exciting events for the 10th anniversary of Osaka Asian Film Festival will also be held.


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: August 17, 2014 – Feburuary 1, 2015

Venue: Osaka Museum of History, Training Room 1

<Film subtitling seminar>

Date: November 13, 2014

Venue: Osaka University, Minoh Campus


Umeda Burg 7, ABC Hall, Cine Libre Umeda, Cine Nouveau, Planet Studio Plus One, 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

Agency for Cultural Affairs

Osaka Prefectural Government

Korean Cultural Center

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 supported by
Ministry of Culture, Taiwan

Panasonic Corporation

Special sponsors

Athenee Francais Cultural Center

Ipponmatsu Shipping Co., Ltd.

Air India

The Film School of Tokyo


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

Garuda Indonesia

Cathay Pacific Airways

Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS), Kyoto University


Suntory Publicity Service Limited

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


Tokyo Theatres Company, Incorporated

Toyosu Co.Ltd.

Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy

Cine Nouveau

Hong Kong Special Administration Region Economic and Trade Office Tokyo


Malaysian Film Culture Research Center

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