Report 2017.04.23Announcement of the result of the 9th Okinawa International Movie Festival

9th Okinawa International Movie Festival

Name: 9th Okinawa International Movie Festival
Dates: Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23, 2017, Four Days
Naha City: Naminoue Umisora Park / Kokusai Dori / Yoshimoto Okinawa Kagetsu / Sakurazaka Theater / Tenbusu Naha / Tenbusu hall/ Tenbusu-kan 3F gallery / Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa / Naha city hall
Ginowan City: Tropical Beach
Chatan City: Mihama American Village, Mihama 7 plex
Motobu town: Ocean Expo Park
Nakagusuku Village: Nakagusuku-jo
Urasoe City: Urasoe elementary school, Tedako Plaza
Okinawa City: Yamauchi junior high school/ Koza Music Town
Tomigusuku City: Umikaji Terrace Senagajima
Kitanakagusuku Village: Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom
Miyakojima City: Yoshimoto Minaminoshima panipani Cinema, DonQuijote Miyakojima
Ishigaki city: Ishigaki city hall
Iheya Village: Iheya Village Industry Cooperation Center

No. of Films Screened: 52 titles
Special Invitation: 13 / Local Origination Movies: 10 / TV DIRECTOR'S MOVIE: 7
Japanese Comedies and International Comedies: 3 / Sakurazaka Film University: 6
Special Screening and Open Air Screen: 9 / Okinawa Historical Movie: 4
No. of Volunteers throughout the festival: 126
No. of attendees: Approx. 330,000 people
Past results: 1st 110,000 (4days), 2nd 380,000 (8days), 3rd 310,000 (8days), 4th 410,000 (8 days), 5th 420,000 (8days), 6th 360,000 (5days), 7th 400,000 (5days), 8th 350,000 (4days)

Opening Ceremony
Held at Naminoue Umisora Park on April 21st.
Attendance: 1500 people

Naha Kokusai Dori Red Carpet
On April 23rd, 1099 guests in 130 groups walked the 150-meter long red carpet in the main street of Naha.

Original Writing Development Project
Novel/Non-fiction Category Grand Prix Awards;
- Hideki Onoda "Sakura-Nana part 2"
- Rommy Oishi "Escalator Boy"

Local origination project, JIMOT CM COMPETITION
JIMOT CM COMPETITION FINAL was held to choose the best local commercial. It represented the 46 prefectures of Japan and 41 municipalities of Okinawa.
47 Prefecture JIMOT CM Grand Award (Prize of 470,000 yen)
- Aomori agriculture and forestry Marine Products Division synthesis sales strategy section
YOSHIMOTO 47 Shufuran Award
- Aomori agriculture and forestry Marine Products Division synthesis sales strategy section
41 municipalities of Okinawa JIMOT CM Grand Award (Prize of 410,000 yen)

Creators Factory
Starting from the 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival, this 5th year of this project set up the "Creator's Factory U-25 Movie Category" to find and support the development of the next generation of movie makers under 25 years of age, and a "Movie Proposal (Screenplay) Category" for new movie plans.
Creator's Factory U-25 Movie Category From Okinawa to the World Award
- "Mukougawa"(Original title), Yasuhiro Ogawa
Creator's Factory Movie Proposal (Screenplay) Category Humanity Award
- "Half Time", Yuki Fabian Nishiki

The 10th edition of the festival was announced for April 19 to April 22, 2018.