Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival

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Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
Location Yūbari, Hokkaidō
Language International
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The Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival (ゆうばり国際ファンタスティック映画祭 Yūbari kokusai fantasutikku eiga sai?), also sometimes called YIFFF, is held in a resort-like environment in the small town of Yūbari on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaidō. From 1990 to 1999, the festival was known as the Yubari International Fantastic Adventure Film Festival.[1]

History[edit]

In 1990, the last coal mine in the Hokkaidō mining town of Yūbari having closed, the city leaders were looking for a way to revitalize the local economy. This was the beginning of the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.[2] The festival was divided into two main programs, a prestigious international competition for young directors, and an Off Theatre program for mostly Japanese amateur, independent and first-time directors. The first year in 1990 had as a special guest, actor Jon Voight and his daughter, a young starlet named Angelina Jolie. In 1993, Quentin Tarantino was at the festival and wrote part of the screenplay for Pulp Fiction in his hotel room. Some years later, he paid homage to the town in the name of a character in Kill Bill Vol. 1, "Gogo Yubari".[3] In 1996 the festival also had special guest stars, comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short. In 2004 the festival drew a record audience of 27,000.[2]

The festival had always been sponsored financially by the city of Yubari but the town filed for bankruptcy in 2007 and that year's festival had to be cancelled. However, the people of Yubari with the assistance of a number of sponsors were able to group together to revive the festival in 2008. The international competition section of the festival had to be dropped but the Off Theatre program for young Japanese directors was retained with the Grand Prize bringing 2 million yen (about $20,000) to the winner. The new Governor's Award was presented by the Governor of Hokkaidō. In addition to the competition section, the festival continued to screen a number of international films by promising directors.[3] One of the sponsors for the festival is the giant Japanese satellite broadcasting company SKYPerfecTV! which has also broadcast parts of the program.[3] The scaled down 2008 festival drew more than 8800 fans and attendance increased to over 10,500 in 2009.[4]

Major awards[edit]

Award information from:[5]

1990 Awards[edit]

Held February 14-18, 1990.

  • Grand Prize
Ofelas – Director: Nils Gaup
  • Special Prize
Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds – Director: Alex Proyas

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Takeshita Performance Higei Mito-Komon – Director: Sinya Takesita
  • Special Prize
Gig – Director: Kosuke Ienaga
  • Toroma Prize
Meilin Adventure – Director: Satoshi Imai

1991 Awards[edit]

Held February 15-19, 1991.

  • Grand Prize
The Miracle in Valby (Miraklet i Valby) – Director: Åke Sandgren
  • Special Jury Prize
Windwalker – Director: Kieth Merrill
  • Critic's Award
Miller's Crossing – Director: Joel Coen

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Death Express – Director: Hiroyuki Terada
  • Jury Prize
Rice Game – Director: Hideaki Kobayashi

1992 Awards[edit]

Held February 14-18, 1992.

  • Grand Prize
The Swordsman in Double Flag Town – Director: He Ping
  • Special Jury Prize
A Demon in My View – Director: Petra Haffter
  • Critic's Award
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer – Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Diamonds Moon – Director: Akira Nobi
  • Jury Prize
Kappas – Director: Katsuya Ohsawa

1993 Awards[edit]

Held February 19-23, 1993.

  • Grand Prize
Children of Nature – Director: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
  • Special Jury Prize
Winds of God – Director: Yoko Narahashi
  • Critic's Award
Reservoir Dogs – Director: Quentin Tarantino

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Trash – Director: Naoki Kubo
  • Jury Prize
My Daddy Long Legs – Director: Shin Yasuhara

1994 Awards[edit]

Held February 18-22, 1994.

  • Grand Prize
Killing Zoe – Director: Roger Roberts Avary
  • Special Jury Prize
C'est arrive pres de chez vous – Director: Rémy Belvaux & André Bonzel
  • Minami Toshiko Award / Critic's Award
Carne – Director: Gaspar Noé
  • The Most Entertaining Award
El Mariachi – Director: Robert Rodriguez

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Family Time – Director: Ryota Kawaguchi
  • Jury Prize
My Favorite "Skyline" – Director: Shin Yasuhara
Vending Machine and a Girl – Director: Kiyohide Otani

1995 Awards[edit]

Held February 17-21, 1995.

  • Grand Prize
Tombés du ciel – Director: Philippe Lioret
  • Special Jury Prize
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb – Director: Dave Borthwick
  • Minami Toshiko Award
Wizard of Darkness – Director: Shimako Sato

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
The Incredible Haniwa Man – Director: Shin Yasuhara
  • Jury Prize
Anatomia Extinction – Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura
A Room Without Wind – Director: Ryuta Miyake

1996 Awards[edit]

Held February 18-20, 1996.

  • Grand Prize
Accumulator 1 – Director: Jan Svěrák
  • Special Jury Prize
Manneken Pis – Director: Frank Van Passel
  • Minami Toshiko Award
Secret Waltz – Director: Akira Nobi

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Brain Holiday – Director: Hineki Mito
  • Jury Prize
Blood Red Girls – Director: Daisuke Yamanouchi
  • Encouragement Prize
Rest Room – Director: Muneyoshi Murakami
To Be or Not to Be – Director: Tomoko Matsunashi

1997 Awards[edit]

Held February 14-18, 1997.

  • Grand Prize
Closing Time – Director: Masahiro Kobayashi
  • Special Jury Prize
Little Sister – Director: Robert Jan Westdijk
  • Minami Toshiko Award
Drive – Director: Steve Wang

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Party – Director: Mayumi Uchiumi
  • Jury Prize
L&D – Director: Hideki Kimura

1998 Awards[edit]

Held February 13-17, 1998.

  • Grand Prize
Bernie – Director: Albert Dupontel
  • Jean-Hugues Anglade Award
Detective Riko – Director: Satoshi Isaka
  • Adventure Film Prize
The Ground – Director: Atsushi Muroga
  • Minami Toshiko Award
Illtown – Director: Nick Gomez

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Midnight Three – Director: Yasushi Koshizaka
  • Special Jury Prize
Variation for Movements – Director: Yoshinao Sato
  • Encouragement Prize
Kurushime Girl – Director: Noboru Iguchi

1999 Awards[edit]

Held February 19-23, 1999.

  • Grand Prize
Bandits – Director: Katja von Garnier
  • Special Jury Prize / Minami Toshiko Award
Moonlight Whispers – Director: Akihiko Shiota

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Tel-Club – Director: Kenji Murakami
  • Special Jury Prize
Kiadoryoku REAL – Director: Katsushi Boda

2000 Awards[edit]

Held February 18-22, 2000.

  • Grand Prize
Across a Gold Prairie – Director: Isshin Inudou
  • Special Jury Prize
Pups – Director: Ash
  • Minami Toshiko Award
Jin-Roh – Director: Hiroyuki Okiura

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Hazy Life – Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita
  • Special Jury Prize
Let's Go Strawberry Girl – Director: Shinobu Kuribayashi

2001 Awards[edit]

Held February 15-19, 2001.

  • Grand Prize
New Year's Day – Director: Suri Krishnamma
  • Special Jury Prize
Animals – Director: Michael Di Jiacomo
  • Minami Toshiko Award
Siam Sunset – Director: John Polson

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Tokyo A Go Go – Director: Ryuichi Honda
  • Special Jury Prize
L'Ilya – Director: Tomoya Sato

2002 Awards[edit]

Held February 14-18, 2002.

  • Grand Prize
My Sassy Girl – Director: Kwak Jae-yong

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Run! Yamazaki! Run! – Director: Naoko Johnori
  • Special Jury Prize
Nuts – Director: Yoko Chukira / Tomokazu / Shu Kageyama

2003 Awards[edit]

Held February 13-17, 2003.

  • Grand Prize[6]
Battlefield Baseball (Jigoku Koushien) – Director: Yūdai Yamaguchi

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Bijo-can – Director: Masaya Kakei
  • Special Jury Prize
Ski Jumping Pairs – Director: Riichiro Mashima

2004 Awards[edit]

Held February 19-23, 2004.

  • Grand Prize
Mokpo, Gangster's Paradise – Director: Kim Ji-hoon
  • Special Jury Prize
Robot Stories – Director: Greg Pak
  • Minami Toshiko Award
Better Than Sex – Director: Su Chao-pin & Lee Feng-bor

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
The Far East Apartment – Director: Tetsuya Mariko
  • Special Jury Prize
Utsu-musume SAYURI – Director: Takashi Kimura

2005 Awards[edit]

Held February 24-28, 2005.

  • Grand Prize
My Mother, the Mermaid – Director: Park Heung-shik
  • Special Jury Prize
Innocence – Director: Lucile Hadžihalilović
  • Minami Toshiko Award
The Neighbor No. Thirteen – Director: Yasuo Inoue

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Mariko's 30 Pirates – Director: Tetsuya Mariko
  • Special Jury Prize
Be the World for Her – Director: Daisuke Hosaka

2006 Awards[edit]

Held February 23-27, 2006.

  • Grand Prize
Blood Rain – Director: Kim Dae-seung
  • Special Jury Prize
Never Belongs to Me – Director: Nam Ki-woong
  • Minami Toshiko Award
Citizen Dog – Director: Wisit Sasanatieng

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Raw Summer (Nama-natsu) – Director: Keisuke Yoshida
  • Special Jury Prize
Hakko – Director: Madoka Kumagai

2007 Awards[edit]

No awards - festival cancelled.

2008 Awards[edit]

Held March 19-23, 2008.

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
A Woman Who Is Beating the Earth (大地を叩く女 Daichi o tataku onna?) – Director: Tsuki Inoue
  • Special Jury Prize
Coming with My Brother (お姉ちゃん、弟といく One-chan, otōto to iku?) – Director: Kouta Yoshida
  • Governor's Award
Seikilos and I (セイキロスさんとわたしく Seikilos-san to Watashi?) – Director: Kenji Itoso & Hiroshi Kamebuchi

2009 Awards[edit]

Held February 26-March 2, 2009.

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
8000 Miles (SR サイタマノラッパー SR: Saitama no rappā?) – Director: Yū Irie
  • Special Jury Prize
Big Gun (大拳銃 Dai kenjū?) – Director: Ōhata Hajime
  • Governor's Award
Night Games (夜のゲーム Yoru no geemu?) – Director: Choi Uian (チェ・ウィアン)

2010 Awards[edit]

Held February 25-March 1, 2010.

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Hot as Hell: The Deadbeat March (青春墓場~明日と一緒に歩くのだ~ Seishun Hakaba Ashita to Issho ni Aruku no da?) – Director: Yōsuke Okuda
  • Special Jury Prize
Footed Tadpoles (脚の生えたおたまじゃくし Ashi no maeta otamajakushi?) – Director: Tomoya Maeno
  • Governor's Award
Wall ( Kabe?) – Director: ヒョン・スルウ
  • Cinegar Award
Footed Tadpoles (脚の生えたおたまじゃくし Ashi no maeta otamajakushi?) – Director: Tomoya Maeno

2011 Awards[edit]

Held February 24-28, 2011.

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Invasion of Alien Bikini (겨울냄새) – Director: Oh Young-Doo
  • Special Jury Prize
Pink Subaru (ピンク・スバル Pinku Subaru?) – Director: Kazuya Ogawa
  • Governor's Award
Violence PM (バイオレンスPM Baiorensu PM?) – Director: Takayuki Ishihara
  • Cinegar Award
Pink Subaru (ピンク・スバル Pinku Subaru?) – Director: Kazuya Ogawa

2012 Awards[edit]

Held February 23-27, 2012 with a total attendance at 12,500.

OFF THEATRE COMPETITION

  • Grand Prize
Osaka Violence (大阪外道 Ōsaka gedō?) – Director: Takahiro Ishihara
  • Special Jury Prize
The Brat! (くそガキの告白 Kusogaki no kokuhaku?) – Director: Taichi Suzuki
  • Governor's Award
The Beatles (ビートルズ Bītoruzu?) – Director: Yuichiro Sakashita
  • Cinegar Award
The Brat! (くそガキの告白 Kusogaki no kokuhaku?) – Director: Taichi Suzuki
  • Best Actress
Nahana for Toilet and Women (どんずまり便器) Donzumari Benki?)
  • Best Actor
Hiroki Konno for The Brat! (くそガキの告白 Kusogaki no kokuhaku?)
  • Audience Award
Ultraman Saga (ウルトラマンサーガ Urutoramansāga?) - Director: Hideki Oka
  • Event Award
Namba Kinyu-den Minami no Teio Toichi no Manda Ginjiro - Director: Takaaki Haginiwa
  • Public Award
Puss in Boots (長ぐつをはいたネコ Nagagutsu o Haita Neko?)
  • Public People Award
The Brat! (くそガキの告白 Kusogaki no kokuhaku?) – Director: Taichi Suzuki

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival Information". yubarifanta.com. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b "ACTING LOCAL". web-japan.org. January 13, 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  3. ^ a b c Mes, Tom (June 17, 2008). "Go! Go! Yubari". Midnight Eye. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival". UniJapan. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival Archive". yubarifanta.com. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  6. ^ "AKANBO SHOUJO". yubarifanta.com. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 

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