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IFFM set to unspool in Japan

Event skedded for February 1999

The Independent Feature Film Market announced May 20 it will launch a showcase in Japan to unspool in February 1999. The initiative between the Independent Feature Film Project and Tokyo’s Fab Films will highlight six features to be screened at the upcoming IFFM in September. Additionally, seminars will be held with filmmakers from the selected films.

“This, hopefully, is the start of an event that will expand to include all of Southeast Asia,” said Fab co-president Mathew Jacobs. “There’s not much of a market for American indies in Japan for a lot of reasons and our company is committed to expanding their audience through screenings, distribution and building theaters.”

A new division of Fab Universe — one of Japan’s largest event marketing companies — the company acquired its first film, “Flushed,” at the 1997 IFFM. It will open theatrically in Tokyo during the fall.

Jacobs notes that all films released in Japan face tough competition as a result of an $18 admission price in major cities.