Digital cinema festival Skip City Intl. will open with Kiyoshi Sasabe’s “Yunagi City, Sakura Country.” The 12-pic competition, which attracted 433 submissions from 69 countries and regions, will award a ¥10 million ($82,645) grand prize to the winner, as well as awards for new director, screenplay, technology and a special jury prize.
Fest runs July 14-22 in Kawaguchi City.
The jury prexy this year is Hong Kong actress Mabel Cheung, assisted by U.S. screenwriter and director Coleman Hough, Dutch critic Peter van Bueren and Japanese producer Akira Morishige.
Among the more notable competition pics are “Heartlines,” a South African drama by Angus Gibson, whose docu “Mandela, Son of Africa, Father of a Nation” was nommed for an Oscar; and “Climates” by Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan, whose 2002 pic “Distant” scooped the Cannes Grand Jury Prize and actor prize.