Tokyo Filmex

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Location Tokyo, Japan

TOKYO FILMeX (東京フィルメックス) is an international film festival established in 2000. The film festival was launched by Office Kitano, the agency and production company co-founded by leading actor-filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. [1] [2] TOKYO FILMeX especially focuses on new and independent feature films from Asia. A large number of films selected for competition program come from China, Japan, Korea, Iran, etc.


The festival's main events have been held at Yurakucho, Tokyo in late November annually, consists of the Competition Program, Special screening Program and Filmmakers in focus Program. Alongside the competition program for young emerging Asian filmmakers and other screening programs, stage appearances by actors and symposiums are also planned to discover the masterworks of independent filmmakers from around the world.

In 2018, Office Kitano was restructured after Kitano announced in March that he was quitting to go independent. As representing Kitano brought in a large proportion of Office Kitano’s revenue, the company has now scaled back production and is no longer in a position to fund TOKYO FILMeX. Kinoshita Group has stepped in to take over the management role and part-finance the event, which also receives funding from government and sponsorship deals. [3]

Competition Grand Prize Winners

YearFilmDirectorNationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
2000 Suzhou River Lou Ye Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
2002 Blissfully Yours Apichatpong Weerasethakul Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
2003 Incense Ning Hao Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2004 Tropical Malady Apichatpong Weerasethakul Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
2005 Bashing Masahiro Kobayashi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2006 To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die Jamshed Usmonov Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan
2007 Tehilim Raphaël Nadjari Flag of Israel.svg  Israel
2008 Waltz with Bashir Ari Folman Flag of Israel.svg  Israel
2009 Breathless Yang Ik-june Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
2010Love AddictionShinki UchidaFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
2011 Old Dog Pema Tseden Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2012EpilogueAmir ManorFlag of Israel.svg  Israel
2013 In Bloom Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon GroßFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
2014Cyclo D' Or Francis Pasion Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines
2015 Tharlo Pema Tseden Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2016Life after lifeZhang HanyiFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2017 Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts Mouly Surya Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
The Seen and Unseen Kamila Andini Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
2018AykaSergei DvortsevoyFlag of Russia.svg  Russia
2019 Ballon Pema Tseden Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2020 In Between Dying Hilal BaydarovFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan
2021 What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? Alexandre KoberidzeFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Anatomy of TimeJakrawal NilthamrongFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
2022 Autobiography Makbul MubarakFlag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia

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  1. "TOKYO FILMeX". Retrieved Mar 14, 2019.
  2. Filmmaker Magazine
  3. Frater, Patrick (May 9, 2018). "Kinoshita to Rescue Tokyo FILMeX Festival" . Retrieved Mar 14, 2019.