Yuka Sakano is head of international relations for the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute in Tokyo. In this role, Sakano manages the liaison between international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Montreal, Hong Kong, Busan and Japanese filmmakers, companies and industry since 1998.

As the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute houses an extensive collection of film archives and serves as the foremost resource on Japanese film, Sakano also co-operates with archival and cultural organisations around the world in preparing Japanese film retrospectives.

She has served on international film festival juries in Singapore, Hawaii, Karlovy Vary and others, and has been a member of the APSA International Nominations Council and been a member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy since 2009.

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