Ex-AKB48 singer Maeda appointed ambassador for Tokyo Int'l Film Festival
News On Japan via Japan Today -- Sep 22
Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda, who "graduated" from the group last month, has been appointed a special ambassador for this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) which will be held Oct 20-29.
Maeda joined TIFF executives and director Tetsuaki Matsue at a news conference this week to publicize the event.
Fifteen films will be screened in Competition Section. The International Jury will be headed by Roger Corman. A total of 1,332 titles from 91 countries and regions were submitted to TIFF this year. In addition to the films in the Competition Section, a total of around 300 films will be screened during the film festival, organizers said.
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