Image Forum Festival, which had brought light upon non-commercial, radical experimental films from all around the globe, has now reached its 30th year, and will once again be held across five cities in Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Yokohama.
This festival had been inaugurated in 1987, with the goal to “introduce next-generation films, and to wish for a promising future in film culture.” There is no need to mention on by behalf of the quantum improvements in film technology, and the resulting divergence in filming situations. Our aim to further expand film culture by providing a creator-viewer interchange, and by showing the present and future of the ever-changing filmic expressions, has not changed over the years.
This 30th holding is another waypoint. However, one would not of thought that we would go to such great lengths at the start. This of course would not have been possible without the multiple contributions we had received. I would like to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt thanks to our cosponsors, sponsors, cooperators, everyone who showed us support, filmmakers, judges, distributors, and most importantly to our audience.