From tales of time travel to enchanting animated adventures and a geisha-inspired musical comedy, the Japanese Film Festival returns from 4 – 13 December with JFF Plus: Online Festival, a free streamed Festival featuring the very best in Japanese cinema.

The 2020 Festival, presented by The Japan Foundation Sydney, will screen over 25 films including features, documentaries, as well as stop motion and animated shorts for audiences across Australia and New Zealand to enjoy online.

This years’ digital program showcases an array of award-winning films including Tokyo International Film Festival Audience Award winner Tremble All You Want, Shanghai International Film Festival Best Screenplay winner Key of Life, Hong Kong International Film Festival Best Documentary winner Peace, and 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival Best Animated Short Film winner Kick-Heart.

Devotees of Japanese culture can look forward to favourites from JFFs gone by, such as Railways (JFF 2011), A Story of Yonosuke (JFF 2013), and Lady Maiko (JFF 2014).

Additional program highlights include Café Funiculi Funicula, Stolen Identity, The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice, and enchanting animated feature Sumikkogurashi: Good to be in the Corner.

“We’re thrilled to bring the very best in Japanese cinema to audiences across the trans-Tasman in 2020!” said Japanese Film Festival Director, Yurika Sugie. “This year’s program showcases a diverse selection of films traversing award-winning contemporary works and familiar favourites from Japan’s most celebrated auteurs.”

“From iconic past JFF favourites to incredible new discoveries, JFF Plus presents a rich cross section of Japanese cinema that viewers can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes,” said Japanese Film Festival Programmer, Susan Bui.

To find out more information, or to stay up to date with JFF, head over to their official website, or follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.