LA EigaFest   |   Japan Film Society

LA EigaFest

The mission of the LA EigaFest is to increase the presence and appreciation of Japanese film and culture here in the US. We plan to achieve this goal by showcasing unique Japanese and Japanese influenced films to an American audience, establishing a forum for the promotion of new talent in the Japanese and Hollywood film communities, and developing a strong and beneficial relationship between the two industries. Moreover, we hope that the LA EigaFest will grow to become a major Japanese film festival in North America.

Eiga means ‘Film’ in Japanese and was chosen to be included in the name of the film festival. Our wish is that ‘Eiga’ will become an iconic Japanese-English phrase in the way that ‘Manga’ and ‘Anime’ represent specific visions of modern Japanese art and culture.

The LA EigaFest is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, the Los Angeles Consulate General of Japan, JETRO, UniJapan, and the Asia Society.
It has also been certified as the very first overseas partner event for CoFesta (Japan International Contents Festival) a sponsor organization for the Tokyo International Film Festival.


MILOCRORZE: A Love Story – Yoshimasa Ishibashi (Director) & Takayuki Yamada
Tidy Up – Satsuki Okawa (Director)
Food and the Maiden – Minoru Kurimura (Director)
Rootless Heart – Toshiko Hata (Director)


The LA EigaFest will present a range of awards to films at the festival. These awards, along with our top prize “The Golden Zipangu Award,” will be presented during a gala ceremony at the close of the festival. The Golden Zipangu award takes its name from The Travels of Marco Polo, which cites Japan as “Zipangu, the island filled with gold and mystery in the Far East.”


Craig Dehmel, Senior Vice President of Twentieth Century Fox
Akira Mizuta Lippit, Chair of Critical Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts
David L Suarez, Distribution / Acquisitions Executive of Ytinifni

Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

Part of our mission at the LA EigaFest is to continue to raise awareness of the need for aid to victims of the March 2011 disaster in northern Japan. Part of the proceeds from the Festival will go to relief organizations helping the people in the affected areas.