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Nippon Connection – The festival for Japanese cinema and culture celebrates its 20th edition. Over the course of six days, from June 9 to 14, 2020, we present current films from Japan alongside inspiring workshops, exciting discussions, and barnstorming concerts in Frankfurt am Main. Help us organize a unique anniversary festival!
15,363 €
Sponsored by kulturMut
Cofunding 5,000 €
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 20th Nippon Connection Film Festival
 20th Nippon Connection Film Festival
 20th Nippon Connection Film Festival
 20th Nippon Connection Film Festival
 20th Nippon Connection Film Festival

About this project

Funding period 1/17/20 10:16 AM - 3/1/20 11:59 PM
Realisation June 9 – 14, 2020
Minimum amount (Start level) 14,000 €

For 14,000 € we can invite ten filmmakers and artists from Japan and reimburse their flight and hotel expenses.

Category Event
City Frankfurt am Main

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What is this project all about?

From June 9 to 14, 2020, the Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection celebrates its 20th anniversary edition.
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.

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

Nippon Connection e.V. wants to present the diversity of Japanese cinema.
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.

At the Festival we will not only be showing a carefully curated selection of the best films of the last two years, most often in the presence of the filmmakers, 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.

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?

Financing the festival is becoming ever more difficult. That's why we need supporters who would like to make their contribution to uphold the quality of the Nippon Connection Festival. Expenses for films, technical equipment, and the travel costs of our guests (especially in the year of the Olympics in Japan) keep rising. If you support us, this will enable us to guarantee another extraordinary film and cultural program as well as many interesting guests for our anniversary edition in 2020.

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

You make the festival happen! We do receive funding support from the Land of Hesse and the City of Frankfurt, and there are also some private sponsors, but unfortunately, this is not enough to finance the festival.

We are officially acknowledged as a non-profit organization – the festival doesn't generate any profits. The money collected with this crowdfunding project will be invested in rental fees for films, costs for film transportation, and travel costs of our guests as well as film, video, and other technical equipment.

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.

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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.

20th Nippon Connection Film Festival

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