The Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival has entered its 12th year. It is the only film festival in the world specialising in history. We started up in the cultural land of Kyoto which grew up in its long history, and have presented the dynamics of period films and entertainment to the world. This is an international film festival that questions us about the ways of the contemporary society, and we hope to become a clue for new businesses.
This year, the festival will be held in the midst of the COVID-19, with us all facing the devastating influences on our daily lives and still coping with many hardships, however, we will overcome these troubles to present an exciting festival, to share dreams, hope and courage with everyone.
For your safety and security, this year we will hold a hybrid film festival mixing both real and online screenings. It will be a great pleasure to find new fans, who could not participate in the past, to discover our film festival with this new venture.

Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Committee
Chairman Isao Takeda
President & Representative Director, Shochiku Studio Co., Ltd.

I imagine that many people have had more opportunities to watch films under the quarantine of the coronavirus. Most probably at home, and not the theatres. Films are a necessity in the days where we cannot connect with people. It has given us great courage to see films, labelled non-essential, giving warmth to people. HISTORICA will continue to connect film with people this year. Not only in the theatre, but online too; not only in Kyoto, but to the world.

Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Committee Program director Ken Takahashi Manager of sound stages, Production services Dept, Kyoto Movie Studios, Toei Company, Ltd.