June 23, 2003

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is pleased to host the fifth NextFrame Japan festival of international student film and video. The festival will be held this summer in Kyoto, on Saturday, July 19, and in Tokyo, on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3. Kyoto audiences are invited to screenings at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the event hall at Kyoto International Community House. In Tokyo, showings are at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. daily in hall D1 of the Tokyo International Forum. Admission at both venues is 1,500yen (1,000yen for students with ID). Additionally, on Thursday, July 24, the Tokyo American Center will co-host a free screening and panel discussion at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively.

NextFrame is one of the premiere student film and video festivals in the United States. It annually invites film and video submissions from students at accredited educational institutions and conservatories worldwide for evaluation by a U.S. panel of experts. Emphasizing narrative, innovation and technique, NextFrame premieres its selections at the annual conference of the University Film & Video Association (UFVA), which is held at a different university campus every year.

Following the premiere, final selections begin a yearlong global tour. Screenings take place at universities, museums, art centers, and other venues around the world, fulfilling NextFrame’s aim of allowing young film and video makers to express their visions internationally and of exposing audiences worldwide to up-and-coming talent.

NextFrame was founded in 1993 by a graduate student in Film and Media Arts department at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By the year of 2000, the festival received in excess of 500 entries from more than 30 nations. NextFrame’s past participants include nominees of the Academy Awards.

For further information:
Please contact the Information Center. Ticket information, the screening schedule, and more details are available on the official Web site: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/nextframe The panel discussion at the Tokyo American Center (ABC Bldg., 2-6-3, Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-3436-0904 Fax 03-3436-0900) requires advance reservation; please fax your intention to attend to 03-3436-0900.