FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, has been in existence for more than sixty years. The organization now has chapters in over sixty countries around the world (including Japan: the Japan Film Pen Club). The “Prize of the International Film Critics” (FIPRESCI Prize) offered at international film festivals aims to promote film art and to particularly encourage new and vital cinema.

Madhu Eravankara

A filmmaker, film critic and writer from Kerala, India, Madhu Eravankara directed the feature film Nankooram as well as fifteen other documentaries. Victims of Silence and Asmara—The City of Dreams are his films shot in Africa. Nishadam is his latest short film, and has been selected for many international festivals. He has also won many awards for his books on cinema.

Chris Fujiwara

Chris Fujiwara is the author of Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall (Johns Hopkins University Press). He is currently working on a critical biography of Otto Preminger (to be published by Faber & Faber). A film critic for The Boston Phoenix, Fujiwara has also contributed articles and essays to numerous periodicals and anthologies. He has taught and lectured on film studies and film history at Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Emerson College and has served on juries at numerous international film festivals.

Saito Atsuko

Saito Atsuko moved to Paris in 1980 to study film completing a film editing course at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français. Returning to Japan in 1984, she has been a freelance critic and subtitle translator since 1990. Translations include Pierre Braunberger’s Cinemamemoire, and film subtitles include Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake, and Frederick Wiseman’s Near Death and Domestic Violence.