Film as Yamagata’s Cultural Resource
The City of Yamagata launched the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) in 1989. For over a quarter of a century, and now as a certified NPO organization supported by the city of Yamagata, the YIDFF has continued to inspire audiences, filmmakers, and volunteers. Highly acclaimed by international film professionals who have become devoted fans, Yamagata has become a reference point for outstanding filmmaking and a place where many new and talented filmmakers have found their start.
In 1992, the Tohoku University of Art and Design was founded in Yamagata City, and graduates have gone on to play an active role in the moving image and film industry in companies in Yamagata Prefecture and beyond. In addition, the Yamagata Film Commission was established to promote local locations for filmmaking and support the work of production teams, and the Diversity Media and Movie On companies host the Yamagata International Movie Festival to support and encourage young filmmakers.
In this way, Yamagata and its industry, academic institutions, government, and people uphold film as an important and unique cultural asset of their own, and have begun to stride forward with pride as a Creative City of Film.