Skip City fest unveils lineup

'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' to open event

TOKYO — Skip City Intl. D-Cinema Festival, Japan’s first d-cinema fest, unveiled the lineup for its 8th edition on Monday.

The fest, which unspools Oct. 8-16 in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, will open with “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes Grand Prix winner. Ceylan also scooped the Skip City Grand Prize with his 2007 pic “Climates.”

The feature competition section will present 12 pics out of 494 entries from 81 countries and regions. They will be vying for the Grand Prize, as well as best director, best screenplay, the Special Jury Prize and Skip City Award, the last coming with free use of Skip City’s post-production facilities for the helmer’s next feature. Of the entries, nine are international and three are domestic. The jury is headed by producer Satoru Ogura, with three other producers assisting: Shinji Ogawa, Sonoko Sakai and Lars Knudsen.

The shorts competition will screen 12 pics by young Japanese helmers out of 189 submissions, with one getting best picture and two honorable mentions. The jury prexy is producer Shoji Masui, assisted by producer Yasushi Utagawa and commentator Lilico.

In addition to the two competition sections, the fest will offer various special screenings and events, as well as workshops and programs related to d-cinema.

Launched in 2004, the Skip City fest is held in the eponymous research, training and production complex, which provides filmmakers with studio, screening and post-production facilities, as well as a museum, library and archives for researchers and fans.

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