We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that the East Winds Film Festival will return to Coventry University between 31st October – 3rd November 2013 for its biggest and best edition yet!

Now in its third year, East Winds represents the only major film festival of East Asian cinema outside of London and certainly the first of its kind in the Midlands UK. This four-day event aims to promote and to celebrate a broad spectrum of film, and also to showcase the films and cultures from throughout the East Asian area and bring to the broader community of the people of Coventry.

The festival will aim to foster an environment for both the formal discussion and the informal conversation on the subject of East Asian film and culture.

The student experience is central to the ethos of the festival, and accordingly a central aim and objective of the festival is to provide a space over the course of four days for the celebration of East Asian cultural forms which reflects both the nature and the population of the multi-cultural demographic from across Coventry and the broader communities in the United Kingdom.

The festival has welcomed into the United Kingdom world famous film directors and actors from the East Asian region who have delivered lectures and introduced their films including director Herman Yau and Miki Satoshi. The festival has screened both UK and European premieres of internationally renowned titles including the official Japanese Oscar award submissions for 2011 ‘Confessions’.


The festival is run in association with Third Window Films, the UKs largest distributor of Japanese Films. The company also has an extensive catalogue of East Asian Titles including Pang Ho Cheung’s Vulgaria’, Johnnie To’s ‘PTU’, and a number of South Korean titles.

The festival is proud to partner with our official sponsor Nissan Infiniti, the luxury car brand from Japan, who provide the festival with luxury chauffeur concierge services for our guests during the course of the festival. Managing Director of Nissan GB Infiniti, Mr. Andy Palmer, was our special guest at East Winds 2012, and will be also be attending the event in 2013.

The festival has grown significantly in size and reputation since its commencement in 2011 and has received international coverage from not only film related publications and online platforms, but due to the involvement of Nissan, considerable coverage from automotive publications across the world.

We have attracted major European and UK premieres including Confessions’ (Japan, 2011), ‘Woman Knight of Mirror Lake’ (Hong Kong, 2012) and ‘Starry Starry Night’ (Taiwan, 2012).