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JFF School Screenings

JFF (Japanese Film Festival) school screenings is an educational Japanese-language film screening event, exclusive to high school students who are learning the Japanese language at their school. This program is part of the annual Japanese Film Festival and runs in major cities across Australia.

The 2017 school screening film is the youth-oriented comedy and drama, Chihayafuru.


Please complete a booking form by the deadline of your corresponding city (as listed in red below).

Dates & Venues


October 13, 2017
Dendy Canberra Central

Book by September 14, 2017 (UPDATED)


October 20, 2017
GU Filmhouse Adelaide

Book by September 15, 2017


October 27, 2017
Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre

Book by September 22, 2017


November 3, 2017
Hoyts Carousel, Cannington

Book by September 29, 2017


November 17, 2017
Event Cinemas George St, Sydney CBD

Book by October 13, 2017


November 24, 2017
ACMI, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Book by October 20, 2017

How to book

Please submit an online booking here by your corresponding city’s booking deadline.

An invoice with payment instructions will be generated within 7 days of receiving your booking form.

Your school will have four (4) weeks to finalise payments upon invoice issuance.


  • Please be careful when filling in the online booking form as we have a strict no refunds policy for change of mind/mistakes made at the time of booking.
  • All screenings run 10am – 12:45pm (unless otherwise stated).

Ticketing Information

Tickets are subsidized at $8 per person (GST inclusive).

Each school can book up to 50 tickets including teachers/helpers.

  • Bookings of 1-24 students will be given 1 free teacher admission.
  • Bookings of 25-48 students will be given 2 free teacher admissions.

Film Information

ちはやふる 上の句

Drama | 2016 | 111 mins | Classification: All ages

Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Producers: Yoshio Nakayama, Minami Ichikawa
Screenplay: Norihiro Koizumi
Original Story: Yuki Suetsugu
Cast: Suzu Hirose, Shuhei Nomura, Mackenyu, Mone Kamishiraishi, Yuma Yamoto


Chihaya, Taichi and Arata are childhood friends, bound by their passion for competitive karuta (a traditional Japanese card game using poetry and lightning-fast reactions). Separated by circumstance, they are now teenagers on different paths – but energetic Chihaya believes the karuta national championship will reunite their friendship. But when classical poetry is not exactly cool, can Chihaya find enough students to start a karuta team?

© 2016 “Chihayafuru” Film Partners © Yuki Suetsugu / KODANSHA LTD.


Is there a promotional flyer available for this event?

Yes, the flyer is available as a PDF.

Download the file

Are there any other films available for the school screenings?

No, JFF school screenings only show one film per year. This year, the film is Chihayafuru Part 1.

However, you are welcome to bring your students to the Japanese Film Festival’s regular screenings. Groups of 10+ will receive a discounted price of $13.50 per person. To book tickets at this special rate, you must call the cinema partner or purchase tickets at the box office. For the Festival program and booking details, visit

What language is the film in?

The film will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Can primary school students attend?

No, JFF school screenings are exclusively for high school students and their accompanying teacher(s)/helper(s) only.

What happens after I make a booking?

After bookings have been made, an invoice will be generated by us within 7 days of receiving your school’s booking. Your school will then have to pay for the booking before the payment deadline (4 weeks from the time the invoice is generated.) As the LMBR system typically requires more time to process a payment, please make sure your booking is completed well in advance of the event date. Please be advised that no refund requests will be accepted for change of mind/mistakes made by the school during the booking procedure.

What do I do if I haven't received an invoice yet after submitting my online booking?

Please allow up to 7 days for invoice processing. If you do not hear from us within 7 days, please contact us at coordinators(A) to confirm.

Can we purchase extra tickets on the day?

We strictly DO NOT accept extra participants on the day without prior booking. All seats for each school are allocated beforehand and cannot be changed on the day.

What payment options are available for my school's booking?

We accept both cheque and direct deposits for your school’s booking payment. Further details will be provided on your school’s invoice generated by our staff within 7 days of receiving your school’s online booking.

Are there learning resources related to this film?

Once your school’s payment has been finalised, you will receive access to a Unit of Work (UOW) designed in-house by our team of Japanese language consultants for this film approximately one month before the event. The UOW will include tasks specifically for completing before, during and after viewing the film.

Although the UOW is not mandatory, we do suggest that teachers utilise at least the pre-viewing tasks available in the UOW as the material covered in these tasks will be useful to students on the day (see ‘What happens on the day of the event?’ below).

What happens on the day of the event?

  • On the day, school teachers will be presented with feedback forms and a seating chart marked with their school’s allocated seats by JF staff. As school screening events function on a pre-allocated seating basis. No physical tickets will be exchanged at the venues.
  • As an introduction to the film, two quiz competitions in both Japanese and English (one for students and a bonus round for teachers) will take place before the screening. There will be prizes for the winning students and teachers.
  • Once the film is finished, students and accompanying staff will need to complete their feedback forms.
  • Teachers will be asked to collect all feedback forms for their school and return them to the JF event staff on the day. Please note: Students are to remain seated until all feedback forms for their school have been collected and they are dismissed by the JF event staff.

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