Sasakawa Peace Foundation
The indie8 Documentary Film Festival is supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) is a private not-for-profit foundation established in 1986 with a mission to strengthen cooperation between Japan and other countries to address the diverse and complex issues of the 21st century. As a private foundation, SPF has the unique freedom to explore innovative solutions and approaches to tackle various issues facing the world today, in partnership with domestic and international collaborators.
SPF is committed to achieving five priority goals, including further strengthening the Japan-U.S. relationship, expanding Japan's presence in Asia, enhancing understanding of and relationships with Islamic countries, establishing ocean governance, and empowering women. To achieve these goals, SPF implements and supports a variety of programs and projects that contribute to world peace and security, including promoting policy implementation to protect the ocean as a common heritage of mankind, conducting research and making proposals on governance in new areas of maritime and space security, and implementing measures to ensure the security of citizens against internal conflicts, terrorism, and natural disasters.
In addition to its efforts in achieving world peace and security, SPF also seeks tailor-made solutions to solve diverse problems of the planet, including aging population and increasing economic disparities in the developed world, and various problems arising from the population growth in the developing world. SPF promotes approaches that respect diversity and supports innovative policies and implementation efforts at the policy-making level.
To achieve its objectives, SPF conducts research, disseminates information, and raises public awareness on various issues, develops human resources that contribute to solving issues in human society, conducts R&D and studies on maritime affairs, promotes international understanding, exchange, and cooperation, and organizes conferences and events.
SPF is committed to responding to changes in nature and the social environment and contributing to the sound and sustainable development of human society, which is becoming more stratified and complex. SPF aims to build a new governance system for human society on this planet of oceans and land by promoting research activities, making policy recommendations, and supporting international cooperation and exchange projects.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Collaborating with YIDFF, indie8 will screen a film titled Double Layered Town / Making a Song to Replace Our Positions directed by Komori Haruka and Seo Natsumi on the 9th of March 2023. This screening is being made possible by YIDFF.
The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) is a biennial international film festival held in Yamagata City, Japan. It was established in 1989 and is recognized as one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world.
The festival screens a wide range of documentaries from around the world, including feature-length films, shorts, and experimental works. It also includes special programs such as retrospectives of prominent documentary filmmakers, thematic programs on specific social and political issues, and workshops and seminars for filmmakers and industry professionals.
In addition to its film screenings, the YIDFF hosts various events and activities that promote international exchange and dialogue around documentary filmmaking. These include panel discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and networking opportunities for industry professionals.
The YIDFF has played an important role in promoting documentary filmmaking in Japan and raising awareness about social and political issues through the medium of film. It has also contributed to the international documentary film community by providing a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work and connect with audiences and industry professionals from around the world.
St. Anthony's College
The festival is being hosted by St. Anthony's College, Shillong and is one of the premier educational institutions of northeast India. It is is an educational institution of the Catholic Church, belonging to and managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco Educational Society. St. Anthony’s College, Shillong is affiliated to North Eastern Hill University.