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An ‘Independent’ Film Festival: The Story of the Chinese Independent Film Festival in Tokyo



Nakayama Hiroki recounts his journey launching the Chinese Independent Film Festival in Tokyo in this article: from its debut in a Tokyo art house in 2008, to the fifth event in 2015, this festival was propelled by Nakayama and volunteers to present independent narrative films and documentaries from China to the audiences in Japan. At the outset, Nakayama single-handedly managed all but the actual projection of films. Later on, universities and various organizations would offer their support as the festival grew, which also saw more guests from China and a growing audience mixing older Japanese members and (young) Chinese expats. Due to financial strain and the changing Chinese film industry, the final curtain fell on the festival at the fifth event.