My name is Oliver Georg and I have been organizing the JFFH in Hamburg since 1999. Since 2013 I have been working on my label for Japanese films: Midori Impuls. With both activities I would like to support the fascinating diversity of Japanese film. I do all of these activities part-time alongside family and work in security technology in Hamburg. Because half of my family lives in Japan it is possible for me to bring the city friendship between Hamburg and Japan to life.
Message to the directors:
The fact that you work as a director in Japan is particularly positive in today's fast-paced world.
There are many new films every year. That is why it is important to attract attention to international festivals with your film. Congratulations, because you have already succeeded here.
Of course, your film should convey interest and value. Therefore, please remember that some things are very important when producing the film: in addition to a good story and interesting actors, don't forget to take a lot of expressive photos on the set. A photographer is always needed here. These photos later clarify in the first line whether the film receives attention from the viewers or not. Think about the layout of a poster. The eye catcher of your film poster can sell your film. English subtitles are required. Plan right away to have the Japanese script translated into English. The chance that your film gets the attention it deserves increases considerably.
We, the association Nihon Media e. V., we have set ourselves the goal of creating an intercultural German-Japanese meeting place that deepens understanding and relationships between people. In December 2011, two of our leading festival members were awarded the Robert Bosch Foundation's German-Japanese Friendship Award for their commitment beyond the normal participation in the film festival.
With its audiovisual power, the cinema in particular is able to touch people emotionally and to inspire them for new worlds of experience. To give our ambitious goals a platform, Nihon Media is now organizing the 21st Japan Film Festival Hamburg. With our diverse film selection and our guests of honor, Nihon Media has successfully brought German and Japanese cineastes together from the very beginning. The artistic exchange between filmmakers from Hamburg and Osaka was particularly important to us.
The numerous honorary members of Nihon Media e. V., who face the organizational challenges of a film festival with tireless energy and only thereby give the JFFH its unmistakable face. Combined in our enthusiasm for Japanese cinema, many of our members work all year round to make the upcoming JFFH a real film festival. From sponsorship, the selection of films, the care and decoration of the partner cinemas, the planning and organization of the supporting program, guest care to press work and the website: There are always opportunities to work for the success of the JFFH.
The purely voluntary character and the steady growth of the JFFH make it for Nihon Media e. V. gaining more and more important long-term partners and sponsors who actively support us in organizing the film festival. Without the enthusiastic participation of everyone involved, the sustainable success of the JFFH would not be possible.