Regarding the Organization of the Venues

There will be no assigned seating or numbered ticketing during the YIDFF 2009.

Visitors will be asked to line up to enter at each screening and seats willbe distributed on a “first come first serve” basis. The Yamagata citizens’ hall has seating for 1,200 people. For other programs as well, therewill be greater seating capacity than in previous years. We apologize for the inconvenience these line ups may cause for visitors.


Additional Screening

October 11 (Sun) 17:10-18:30   Venues: Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (Small Hall)

Islands / I Lands—Cinemas in Exile
Meeting—Sardono W. Kusumo
Dance X Cinema from Indonesia
Lecture, screening, and performances

October 12 (Mon) 20:00-21:13   Venues: Solaris 1

New Asian Currents Special Invitation Films
Weabak: Stayed Out All Night

=Will feature a discussion session with guests after the program.


Yamagata Spectacle Live—It’s happening at Citizens’ Hall!?

October 10 (Sat) 19:00–21:00
Shimasia Live Performance with music, and more . . .
Cross meeting with guests from the Island / I Lands program and New Asian Currents

October 11 (Sun)
New Docs Japan x New Asian Currents Talk Session I
“Through Women’s Eye(s)”
Guy Debord Retrospective
Lecture: Kinoshita Makoto (Professor, University of Hyogo)

October 12 (Mon) 14:00–17:00
New Docs Japan x New Asian Currents Talk Session II
“Young Japan”
Moderator: Abe Mark Nornes

October 13 (Tue)10:30–12:30
Special Talk: Documentary To Be
Jean-Pierre Rehm (Director, FID Marseille) X Suwa Nobuhiro (Filmmaker)

Guerilla screenings & talk events

* Program and speakers are subject to change.

Venue: Yamagata Citizens’ Hall Gallery (Admission Free!)


Events at Yamagata Central Public Hall 4F (Gallery)

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Passages Paysages Installation

October 8 (Thu)–14 (Wed) 10:00–20:00 (from 18:00 on 8th, until 16:00 on 14th)
Passages Paysages (1978 / 10 min)

Coffee Time with Heddy-san

October 10 (Sat) 17:30-18:40
Guest: Heddy Honigmann (Director Oblivion)
Host: Abe Koji (Professor, Yamagata University)

Preserving Films: Behind the Scenes

October 12 (Mon) 18:00-19:15
Guests: Murayama Hideyo (Director, Kiroku Eiga Hozon Center), Niwa Yoshiyuki (Associate Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies), Ishihara Kae (Film Preservation Society)


Farewell, Muse!

One of the main venues for YIDFF since the second festival in 1991, Muse has now been closed down. This is a special “Memorial Service” paying tribute to a place with a long history of memorable screenings and meetings between filmmakers and audiences. We’ll watch slides and films from the past, and hear reminiscences from the world’s filmmakers, staff, volunteers, and audience members. We’ll revisit Time for Radio Exercise event from 2003, and sing farewell with a new karaoke clip featuring Auld Lang Syne.

Date: October 12 (Mon) 20:00–25:00 (20:00–22:00 DJ/VJ party featuring local artists)
Venue: (Former) Movie Theater Muse
Admission: 500 yen and donation is welcome