The Japan Foundation Announces New Free Online Streaming Programme

The Japan Foundation (JF) is pleased to announce our new free online streaming programme, JFF+ INDEPENDENT CINEMA, featuring twelve Japanese independent films. Films are selected by the managers of Japanese independent theatres, so-called “mini-theatres'' that have nurtured the diversity of Japanese cinema culture. The program runs for a six-month period starting December 15, 2022 until June 15, 2023. Streaming period is divided into two terms, with six films each in the first and second halves.
Our new programme, the JFF+ INDEPENDENT CINEMA, focuses on Japanese independent films and to show the variety of Japanese film culture nurtured by the mini-theaters (independent theaters). The number of Japanese films produced is one of the highest in the world. In 2021, approximately 490 films were newly released to the public yet the pandemic. About 70% of these films are screened at more than 100 mini-theatres, small-scale movie theatres throughout Japan that are outside of the mainstream theater complex. Mini-theatres have held stronger ties to their local communities and contribute to sustain the Japanese independent film culture and its diversity.
Outline of the programme
Organizer: The Japan Foundation
Supported by Japan Community Cinema Center
Program Period: Dec 15, 2022 to June 15, 2023
Number of films: 12 Japanese films.
Streaming Period is divided in 2 terms.
- First term: December 15, 2022, 5:00pm (JST) to March 15, 2023 4:59pm (JST), and 6 films among the list will be streamed
- Second term: March 15, 2023, 5:00pm (JST) to June 15 2023, 5:00pm (JST) and the other 6 films will be streamed.
Regions covered: Almost all countries and regions except Japan.
Subtitles: English, Spanish for all 12 films and Japanese for 3 films.
Price: Free of charge
Style: Free online streaming. Email registration is required.