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Who are we?

We are «GINMAKU Japanese Film Festival» based in Zurich, Switzerland. The festival will showcase new and upcoming Japanese films and filmmakers, presenting the Swiss community with cinematic impressions of contemporary Japan and creating a cultural bridge between the nations.

Next edition: May 23 - 27, 2018 at cinema Houdini & Riffraff


Our History

Since we started our Japanese film festival, a lot has happened. Shortly after the opening of the cinema Houdini in 2014, the first Japanese film jewels shimmered across the screen during the very first GINMAKU Japanese Film Festival.

Then came the huge shock: the terrible fire accident in the cinema. But even the biggest obstacles could not prevent the GINMAKU in Zurich from attracting film-goers to the cinema.

For the coming 4th edition of the festival in May 2018, 14 films are planned to be screened. We aim to uncover new talent in the Japanese film industry through this festival, develop and grow together, and promote the cultural exchange between Switzerland and Japan🇨🇭🇯🇵


What do we need your support for?

Your contribution is provided for the screening fees and shipping cost of films as well as the festival organisation.

Thank you for bringing our festival to life! Arigatou gozaimasu!