Last week, Yoshimoto Kogyo unveiled its plans to hold an international film festival in Chatan, Okinawa, next year. Known as the Okinawa International Movie Festival 2009, the event’s theme is ‘Laugh & Peace.’ It will take place on March 19-22.
Among the works being screened are the 100 short films directed by Yoshimoto Kogyo entertainers, which were created as part of a large project that began last year.
The festival’s program includes a competition section for full-length films, screening comedies from around the world. 5 million yen has been set aside as the prize money for the top award. Two smaller competition sections have been created for short films and commercials, with each offering a 1 million yen prize.
Yoshimoto Kogyo is hoping to make the festival an annual event. More details about the festival are available at the official website.