Okinawa booth at Berlin International Film Festival

Okinawa booth at Berlin International Film Festival

Many people visited the Berlin International Film Festival.

March 4, 2012 Kumiko Hokama, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

From February 7 to 17, one of the world’s leading festivals of its kind, the Berlin International Film Festival, was held. For the first time, this year the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Okinawa Film Office of the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau set up an Okinawa booth at a film trade fair called the European Film Market. They introduced Okinawan films such as Edonobori-The Spirit of Ryukyu, Okinawa Karate: Indomitable Shorin ryu Shubukan Uema Dojo, the Okinawa Competition Film Collection and Halser Acre.

The European Film Market operates from two venues, promoting film trading and advertising locations for shooting in each booth.

The Okinawan booth was set up in a corner of the second venue at the Marriott Hotel. There were fewer visitors there compared with the first venue, but the Okinawan booth stood out thanks to an array of eye-catchingly beautiful posters.

Hiroshi Arakawa, the senior supervisor of the Okinawa Film Office said, “This is the first time for us to run a booth, and it also allowed us to do some market research. I think that our participation will help promote the Okinawan name.” There were screening shows for buyers for Edonobori – The Spirit of Ryukyu on February 9, and Karakara (director Claude Gagnon) on February 13.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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