Welcome to the 8th Nippon Connection Festival!
Japanese film productions are unstoppable. When NIPPON CONNECTION was founded, 282 Japanese films had been released in Japanese theaters, last year the number went over 400 and the festival always keeps the pace. In 2000 NIPPON CONNECTION showed 13 films, this year there are more than 130, among them many premieres in Europe and Germany. Nowhere else is Japanese cinema being more celebrated than at NIPPON CONNECTION.
The program of the festival is divided into the following categories:
NIPPON CINEMA gives an overview of the latest theater productions. The best film will be awarded with the
NIPPON CINEMA AWARD endowed with EUR 2.000 and funded by Bankhaus Metzler. It is voted for by the audience.
NIPPON DIGITAL presents animation, short and documentary films as well as digitally produced feature films. The
NIPPON DIGITAL program has become an international insider tip for everyone who wants to discover new and challenging projects.
NIPPON RETRO introduces the high art of independent-animation films of the 1960s in collaboration with the Deutsches Filminstitut / Kino im Deutschen Filmmuseum.
NIPPON CULTURE invites you to experience a wide variety of Japanese culture, ranging from high, pop and subculture, such as Japanese paper-theater (kamishibai) and bondage art (shibari). Moreover there are two extraordinary performances of film-story tellers (benshi) for the legendary silent movie A PAGE OF MADNESS and for a trash-film program.
At the Galerie Station of the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm the exhibition SONZAI – DASEIN will present contemporary Japanese artists. On top of it all lectures by international specialists for Japanese film, workshops, parties and Japanese delicacies will have you come back for more.
With NIPPON CONNECTION FESTIVAL ON TOUR a selection of the program will tour to various cities all over the world.
NIPPON CONNECTION is the largest festival for Japanese film worldwide and can only be realised through the voluntary work of the festival-team and many dedicated helpers. We thank our cooperation partners, sponsors and supporters without whom this festival would not be possible.
We hope you will enjoy NIPPON CONNECTION 2008 as much we will!
9th Nippon Connection film festival will be from April the 15th to April
the 19th 2009.