The Kyoto HISOTRICA International Film Festival, also known simply as “HISTORICA” or “KHIFF,” is the only film festival created under the unifying theme of “history.” With a cosplay contest, talk session with voice actors and actresses, jidaigeki filmmaking workshop in English, film pitching contest as well as a film screening, KHIFF breaks the mold of traditional film festivals.

KHIFF consists of “Historica Screenings” which offers screenings of some of the latest period films from around the world, “Kyoto Filmmakers’ Lab” which gives young filmmakers from both Japan and abroad the opportunity to experience Jidaigeki filmmaking while working alongside professionals at actual studios in Kyoto and “Kyoto Film Pitching,” a film pitching contest where both amateur and professional filmmakers pitch film ideas for projects in Kyoto. This year, KHIFF, has combined with the “Uzumasa Sengoku Festival” to create a large scale event attracting filmmakers, consumers and cosplayers (costume fanatics) alike.

Name:Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival (KHIFF)

Dates: November 19th – December 1st, 2011

The Museum of Kyoto
Toei Studios Kyoto
Shochiku Kyoto Studio
Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Presented by :Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Committee

Committee Members:
Shochiku Studio Co., Ltd.
Toei Co., Ltd.
Kyoto Prefectural Government
Ritsumeikan University
The Museum of Kyoto
Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Objectives of Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival

HISTORICA is intended:
-to bring to Kyoto historically themed content from around the world, encompassing film, anime, games, music, dance, costumes and food.
-to introduce historically themed, Japanese films from Uzumasa to the world.
-to create a networking base and starting point for creators worldwide.

Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Sections

1) SCREENINGS & SEMINARS: Historica Screenings

KHIFF is pleased to welcome film director LEE Joon-ik, the master of Korean historical film, as a special Historica Screenings guest. Lee established a new ticket-sale record of 12.3 million with his masterpiece “King and the Clown,” and as a director is recognized as an authority on Korean historical films. At Historica Screenings visitors can enjoy eight new period films from around the world, including six Japan Premiere works such as Mr. Lee’s latest movies “Battlefield Heroes” (2011) and “Blades of Blood” (2010).

2) WORKSHOPS: Kyoto Filmmakers Lab

Kyoto Filmmakers Lab 2011 is a development camp for young filmmakers. This program provides participants with opportunities to meet outstanding filmmakers from both Japan and around the world. Kyoto Filmmakers Lab also aims to encourage Japanese filmmakers to participate in educational programs abroad. Kyoto Filmmakers Lab 2011 is the fourth installment of this event and is a great opportunity for young filmmakers in this rapidly changing field.

3) FILM PITCHING CONTESTS: Kyoto Film Pitching

The aim of this contest is to create a stage for emerging filmmakers, including those who completed the Kyoto Filmmakers’ Lab; the purpose of which is the revival of the Jidaigeki film genre which that was born in Kyoto. For the very first time in the history of Japanese film, two competing film companies, Toei and Shochiku, have teamed up with Kyoto’s prefectural government and academic institutions to discover and encourage talented new filmmakers. Winning projects will be awarded 6 million yen as a subsidy for their demo film production.

4) SHOWCASES & COSPLAY EVENTS: Uzumasa Sengoku Festival

Recently “crossmedia”, a way of presentation and marketing using various forms of media, is becoming crucial for the globalization of creative industries in many countries. Held in the Uzumasa area in Kyoto, a Mecca for Japanese filmmaking and jidaigeki films, the Uzumasa Sengoku Festival is a collaborative effort between the industry and academia. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for visitors to appreciate and experience historically-themed content presented in a cross-media style. This festival also aims to showcase the potential of Kyoto and the Uzumasa area as a place for cross-media interaction, historically-themed content from Japan and abroad, as well as a networking base for creative industries and academics.