JFF, or Japanese Film Festival, is a project of the Japan Foundation created with the aim to share the excitement of Japanese cinema with the world. As one portion of JFF, the JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE 2022, will be held in 25 countries simultaneously for two weeks in February of 2022.

The first-ever Japanese Film Festival Online was held across five continents and 20 countries from November 2020 to March 2021. A total of 30 Japanese films, from new releases to classics , were streamed for free, recording over 210,000 views around the world. At a time when movie theaters in many areas were closed due to the pandemic, the Festival was able to share Japanese cinema with the world on a scale never before achieved. The variety of films presented, as well as special interviews with directors, made this festival a well-received success.

For its second year, the festival will expand to 25 countries, focusing on areas where access to Japanese cinema is limited. Viewers located in the countries where the online festival will take place will be able to watch 20 films presented with subtitles in 15 languages for free.

In addition to the festival in February, there will be a one-week pre-event beginning on November 15th, 2021. For one week, five of the films from last year’s festival which were most popular among viewers will be streamed again from the last edition . The five films are: Little Nights, Little Love, DANCE WITH ME, The Great Passage, the stop motion animated film GON, THE LITTLE FOX, and the documentary Tora-san in Goto.

The Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 will open in February of 2022, and the lineup for the festival will be announced in January. In addition to movies, the festival plans to produce a variety of Japanese cinema related content including events and special feature articles published on the JFF+ website.


The Japan Foundation is a non-profit organization which was established by the Japanese government to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and other nations. The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 with a global network consisting of the Tokyo headquarters, the Kyoto Office, two Japanese-language institutes (the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, and Kansai), and 24 overseas offices in 23 countries (including two Asia Center liaison offices). The Japan Foundation, Jakarta was founded in 1979 to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and Indonesia. The Japan Foundation operates programs in partnership with other organizations in and outside Japan, with a focus on three major fields: arts and cultural exchange, Japanese-language education overseas, and Japanese studies and intellectual exchange. It runs a diverse range of programs and events, including exhibitions, talk events, grant programs and Japanese language courses for all levels from beginner to advanced.

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