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The Japan Foundation, Manila shifts its annual film festival from theaters to online in JFF Plus: Online Festival


The Japan Foundation, Manila shifts its annual film festival from theaters to online in JFF Plus: Online Festival

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To continue sharing Japanese culture to the world amid the COVID 19 pandemic, the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) migrates its highly-anticipated Japanese Film Festival to online platform with the same quality Japanese films right to every Filipino home through the JFF PLUS: ONLINE FESTIVAL.

For the digital edition of the Japan Film Festival, which runs from November MANILA and TOKYO (November 11, 2020) 20 to 29, 2020, JFM has carefully curated 28 Japanese films of different genres to be screened via the JFF Plus: Online Festival portal

A response to the current social climate brought by the global pandemic, JFM Director Mr. SUZUKI Ben is excited with the new format for this.

“In this time when we can’t go out and visit places, films allow us to take glimpses into new worlds, experience things, see places and gain new perspectives while staying safe in the confines of our homes,” said Mr. Suzuki. “Online movies have become the trend because of the pandemic and the Internet as its venue for instant exchange of information and culture.”

Not only is JFM excited with the new format, it is also optimistic that showing the featured films online can easily reach more Filipinos all over the country. Anyone with a smart TV, computer, mobile phone or similar gadget with access to the Internet can view the films at the comfort of their homes.

The full list of featured films and its streaming schedule are available at the JFF Plus: Online Festival website, which run by the Japan Foundation to spread Japanese films overseas. The portal serves as a gateway to Japanese culture.

JFM bid sayonara to the popular “EIGASAI” brand last March to embrace “Japanese Film Festival” with a fresh selection of fun and exciting films this November. In 2016, the Japan Foundation has re-branded its most-anticipated film event as the Japanese Film Festival with the same mission to promote Japanese film around the world. It remains an avenue to celebrate Japanese culture in the Philippines and increase people’s interest in Japanese films, as well as bridge the Asia-Pacific film market and the Japanese film industry for possible collaborations.

The JFF Plus: Online Festival is made possible together with Japan Foundation Asian Center, in partnership with JT International (Philippines), the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and SM Cinema.

To view the full schedule of the films, visit or the JFM website ( Follow the official JFM Facebook page and social media accounts.