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Friendship Award Awarding Ceremony Report (10/25)
A special award was presented following the screening of Camellia, a special invitation film in the Winds of Asia-Middle East section.

Date & Time: October 25th (Monday), from 22:45 @TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills, Screen 5
Appearance: Kim Dong-ho (Director of Pusan International Film Festival)
©2010 TIFF

Here are some notes and quotes:

Camellia, a three-segment omnibus about romance in Pusan, was screened as the closing film at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) on October 15. The omnibus by three directors from Korea, Thailand, and Japan, is a part of the Pusan Project lead by Mr. Kim Dong-ho, Festival Director of PIFF. Mr. Kim Dong-ho has made great contributions to the film industry in Asia through PIFF, and has been a great supporter of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). TIFF praised Mr. Kim Dong-ho's achievement by presentation of the Friendship Award.
Following the screening of Camellia, a special invitation film in the Winds of Asia-Middle East section, TIFF and TIFFCOM Chairman Tom Yoda made honorable recognition of Mr. Kim Dong-ho.
©2010 TIFF

Chairman Yoda: Even before I assumed the post of Chairman at TIFF, Mr. Kim Dong-ho, Festival Director of PIFF has supported TIFF. He has watched over our film festival with deep friendship. I feel that we are extremely fortunate to have a great friend like him. Now, I would like to take this opportunity to express our respect and gratitude by presenting Mr. Kim Dong-ho with the Friendship Award.

Mr. Kim Dong-ho: TIFF commenced 10 years earlier than our PIFF, and it is one of the prestigious film festivals in the world. I am extremely honored to have been invited. When PIFF commenced, Japanese films were not imported freely into Korea. However, we have always screened 15 to 20 Japanese films at PIFF. Especially after Mr. Yoda became the Chairman, the two film festivals have been nurturing collaborative relationships. I feel very fortunate that we are no longer competing with each other as we had in the past. I deeply respect Chairman Yoda, and he is much more than just a close friend. The film you have just watched has been created by great directors from Japan, Korea, and Thailand, based on the concept of romance. It was an honor to be given an opportunity to have it screened at TIFF. Thank you very much.
©2010 TIFF

Chairman Yoda read out the certificate of commendation and presented it with a trophy to Mr. Kim Dong-ho.

Chairman Yoda: Tokyo International Film Festival hereby presents Friendship Award to Mr. Kim Dong-ho in honor of celebrating his successful 15 year's career for the Pusan International Film Festival and his long term efforts, dedication and sustained commitment to foster mutual friendship between Pusan International Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival and in Asia.

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