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.
Maeda said she was very honored to have been appointed as an ambassador for the film festival. "Actually, I’m quite nervous about it," she said. "The Tokyo International Film Festival has been running since before I was born. But I really love film, so I’m very much looking forward to contributing."
After she left AKB48, Maeda said she would like to concentrate on an acting future. "I’ve been blessed with a truly fantastic starting point here. I want to become an actress with the versatility to play any role, and an actress that directors are eager to work with," she said.© Japan Today