News from UPAF, May 2017

Thank you always for your support for UPAF. We want to keep you posted about a recent change at UPAF. UPAF will be biannual onward, so the next edition, the 7th UPAF, will come back to Uno, Okayama, in summer 2018. But also, we are excited to let you know that we will start an online UPAF in between the biannual events so that people from other cities can also enjoy great UPAF films, and you can watch the films you missed or want to watch again.

The Online UPAF Vol. 1 will be held in winter 2018, and feature many of the amazing films that were shown at UPAF in the past. We believe in the power of film and many films don’t age quickly. Good films remain good films. Yet many of the UPAF films have not been distributed in Japan. Please browse our past films and let us know ( which films you want to see (or see again). We will talk to the filmmakers to see if they can be available. In the meantime, we will look into the technical options for the best viewing experiences for you.


Uno Port Art Films, commonly called UPAF (“oo-puff”), is a summer screening series and mini alternative film festival that appears almost every year at the Uno Port, in Tamano-City, Okayama, Japan. We screen cutting-edge independent films and must-see classics from around the world that are rarely available in Japan. Our evening screening is at a pier under the starry sky, with the calm Seto Inland Sea as the backdrop.

Uno Port is where the ferries to various Setouchi contemporary art islands depart (only 20min ride to Naoshima, also convenient to visit Shodoshima, and Inujima). It is a small town but a crossing point for diverse people from across the globe. Our hope is to create an artful and stimulating space without borders, reflecting the feeling of this port town, where people from all walks of life can get together and connect through great films. It is a Japanese-English bilingual event, so please bring your colorful friends!





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