The Organisers of the Osaka Asian Film Festival have announced details of the 2021 edition. The top headlines are:
It is going ahead in two forms, one physical and one digital
- On screen (OAFF 2021 programs in cinemas): March 5 – March 14
- Online (Selected films from previous OAFF programs): February 28 – March 20
The screen programs will consist of the Competition, Indie Forum, and other sections and special programs dedicated to emerging trends in Asian cinema.
The Online Programs will have a rich selection of works that have been screened at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in the past. These films will be available to rent for a limited time through VOD (video on demand) services via a streaming platform. The viewing period for these films is from February 28 to March 20 as “Osaka Asian Film Festival Online” and it will be available in Japan. The first title to bee announced for online screening is WHOLE, a drama about biracial people searching for their identity in Japan (here’s my review).
Due to the Coronavirus situation, there will be rules in place at cinemas to keep people safe and the festival’s program might change at short notice, so please keep an eye on the official site and also SNS: Twitter, Facebook etc.
Also announced were the OPENING and CLOSING films.