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Pink and unique: the Nippon Connection Film Festival is THE institution for Japanese cinema and culture in Frankfurt am Main.

Nippon Connection – The Festival for Japanese cinema and culture is preparing its 19th edition. Over the course of six days, from May 28 to June 2, 2019, we present current films from Japan alongside inspiring workshops, exciting discussions, and barnstorming concerts in Frankfurt am Main. With a bite of sushi or a bowl of ramen, you will discover the feeling of Japan. Help us organize a unique festival!
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12/11/18 - 1/20/19
28.5. – 2.6.2019
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Minimum amount (Start level): 12,000 €

For 12,000 € we can invite ten filmmakers and artists from Japan and reimburse their flight and hotel expenses.

Frankfurt am Main
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What is this project all about?

Starting as a students’ initiative at Goethe University in Frankfurt, it has become the biggest festival for Japanese cinema worldwide. With more than 100 films and around 50 supporting cultural events, the festival is a prominent showcase for Japanese culture in Germany.

Japanese cinema differs from western cinema in many respects. It often takes more time to unfold its stories, the protagonists make other decisions than the ones we would expect from our usual heroes and thus, many films do not end the way we expect it. They offer another gaze at the world.

In German cinemas, you will hardly find a handful of Japanese movies per year, while TV usually repeats the same old classics. However, Japanese cinema is not only samurai, yakuza, and anime. Japan is one of the most productive and innovative film countries in the world, including a rich cinematic tradition.

Conveying this diversity has been the aim of Nippon Connection for eighteen years.

From May 28 to June 2, 2019

Locations in Frankfurt am Main include the festival centers Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Theater Willy Praml in der Naxoshalle as well as the Deutsches Filmmuseum, the Mal Seh'n Kino and the Naxos Atelier.

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

Nippon Connection e.V. wants to present the diversity of Japanese cinema. Every year, we organized the Nippon Connection Film Festival in Frankfurt am Main, showing not only numerous Japanese short and feature length films, but also offering an extensive supporting program over the course of six days. During the festival, merchandising booths invite you to browse and take you on a culinary journey through Japan. All this is topped off by a rich variety of workshops, lectures, and concerts introducing Japanese culture.

Thus, we want to build a platform for the direct exchange between filmmakers and the audience. Numerous filmmakers and artists from Japan come to the festival every year in order to present their films, answer questions, and receive the feedback from the audience. They often praise the unique atmosphere of our festival.

Our festival is not only for cinema fans, and it is no longer an insider’s tip. Between films, workshops, and talks, it creates a space for new encounters and discoveries.

Why would you support this project?

  • Cinema means more to you than just popcorn and simple entertainment. Create a space for a different kind of cinema with us!
  • You want to actively support a diverse, independent art and culture scene in Frankfurt, fostering encounters and exchange.
  • You want to encourage an active community of enthusiasts of film, culture, and Japan.

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?

Nippon Connection provides cultural work recognized for its public utility. We do not make any profits from the festival. However, organizing the festival costs a lot of money every year. Here are just a few examples for recurring expenses:

  • Screening fees and shipping costs for the films
  • Rental fees for technical equipment – cinema equipment for the locations is partly provided by us (projectors, screens, sound equipment, etc.)
  • Artists’ fees and travel expenses for filmmakers and artists from Japan and Europe

Our expenses are mainly covered by ticket sales and gastronomical revenues during the festival week, by funds provided by the Land of Hesse and the City of Frankfurt am Main, and by the support of various sponsors. However, these funds are not guaranteed and have to be acquired and applied for every year.

This is where you come in! With your support, you can make sure that the Nippon Connection Film Festival will take place again in all its diversity.

Who are the people behind the project?

The festival is organized by the non-profit Nippon Connection registered association. We are a team of around 70 members, including all age groups and occupations. We give all we can for the festival and sacrifice a great amount of our spare time. During the festival, we are assisted by more than 100 additional volunteers.

Marion Klomfaß is the festival director and one of the co-founders. She was already fascinated by Japanese films while still a student of theater, film, and media studies. She too works for Nippon Connection on a voluntary basis, her main occupation being a TV editor.

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60314 Frankfurt am Main Deutschland


Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

Seit 2013 ist das renommierte Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main Hauptveranstaltungsort und Kooperationspartner des Nippon Connection Festivals.

Theater Willy Praml in der Naxoshalle

Das Theater Willy Praml in der Naxoshalle ist seit dem Jahr 2013 neben dem Künstlerhaus Mousonturm der Hauptveranstaltungsort von Nippon Connection.

Mal Seh'n Kino

Im Programmkino Mal Seh'n in Frankfurt zeigen wir die Wiederholungsvorstellungen des Filmprogramms.

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