The ninth edition of Tokyo’s festival, industry and market event TIFFCOM, is abandoning its traditional home of Roppongi Hills in favour of a Tokyo island venue, Odaiba.
The organisers, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and funder UNIJAPAN cited the opportunity to grow the event as the reason for the move, which was a polite way of saying that Roppongi was becoming a bit of a nightmare to cram everything into and get around easily.
The announcement noted that the new venue offers 20% more exhibition space and allows all facilities from the trade show stands, conference rooms, screening rooms, and meeting/breakout rooms all on the same floor.
Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo Bay has, reputedly, better access to and from Tokyo’s two airports than Roppongi Hills. The Tokyo International Film Festival runs October 20-28; TIFFCOM runs October 23-25.