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The 9th Japanese-Serbian Film Festival has opened!

The 9th Japanese-Serbian Film Festival has opened

The 9th Japanese-Serbian Film Festival was opened with a solemn ceremony in the Cultural Center of Novi Sad. The festival opened with the Spring Rain dance performance by the famous Japanese choreographer KINO McHUGH, who won the public with her participation in the British TV show program “So You Think You Can Dance” and the musical performance of Noah, the co-founder of the festival and the front lady of the Japanese industrial-rock band 101A.


At the opening ceremony in the Cultural Center, Novi Sad, JSFF director Jovana Stević addressed the guests from Japan and Serbia.

JSFF is being held for the first time at two locations in Belgrade and Novi Sad. Approximately 70 feature and short films on the theme of CULT FRONTATION will be shown in three categories: JSFF CORE, EAWB (East Asia-West Balkan) and INTERNATIONAL. In addition to many awards, the authors of the best films will be awarded by Toyo Tires awards.

His Excellency Takahiko Katsumata, director Mosato Ozawa, director of Toyo Tires Serbia Kenichiro Takasago greeted the guests present and expressed their great gratitude for the opportunity to be part of such a festival.

Kenićiro Takasago Toyo Tiers

The Ambassador of Japan added that he is very proud of the Serbian-Japanese friendship for 140 years and that this is a truly special edition of the JSFF, which strengthened the friendship and culture of the two nations.

Movie director and producer Nikola Pantelic

After the opening ceremony, visitors had the opportunity to watch two excellent films, “Aristocrat” directed by Yukiko Soda, who received the title of the most promising young director of Japan, and “Strahinja Banović” directed by Stefan Arsenijevic.

The festival is moving to Belgrade from November 12. You can follow the entire program on the website: And we highlight the screening of the film “Borders of Love”, where the main role is played by Hana Wagnerova, who will address the audience after the screening, then the screening of the films of the Japanese “Lone “Ume Tree” and “ALIVEHOON” which will be shown in the MTS hall on Sunday 11/13. Those who missed watching the film “ARISTICRATE” in Novi Sad will be able to do so in a repeat screening in the hall of the cultural center in Belgrade on Monday 14.11 from 20pm.


In her first visit to Serbia, the KINO choreographer will hold two dance workshops for all interested people in Novi Sad on November 13 (Trg Marije Trandafil 14) and in Belgrade on November 19 (Kralja Petra 71a).
You can apply to the email: (The number of places is limited).
film producer Rudolf Biermann with actress Hana Vagnerova
The festival was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the “Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture” Foundation, the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee, the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Serbia, JETRO, Telekom Srbija, Toyo Tire Serbia, the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, the Japanese Business Alliance in of Serbia (JBAS), Duart Platforma, Božica Velousis, FashionMag42, printing house DOGA and Alma Quattro and
Actress Hana Vagnerova
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