Japanese Film Festival in Cairns

11th November 2018

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is presented and run by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and is now an established calendar event. The JFF started in 1997 with three free film screenings in Sydney and has expanded to 10+ cities.

The JFF Regional is a touring component of JFF delivering quality contemporary Japanese cinema to regional centres across Australia.

Event Cinemas Smithfield | Smithfield Shopping Centre | Cnr Kennedy Hwy & Captain Cook Highway

Free admission, limited seats – arrive early to avoid disappointment. Tickets available on the door (30mins before the session starts).

For film and program enquiries please email japanesefilmfestival@jpf.org.au


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AJS FNQ Scholarship 2018-2019

2018 -19 Scholarship Winners Ryley Hyden and Liam Winter who both attend St Augustines College in Cairns

During the December School Holidays of 2018-19, the Australia-Japan Society FNQ will again sponsor one or two students from a Cairns School, to live as Home-stay and study within a Japanese Junior High School for a 4 week period.

Year 9 / 10 / 11 students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship and be in Japan during December 2019 and January 2020.

The AJS with this Scholarship are building further stronger relationships with the Cairns Sister Cities in both Oyama City and Minami Town.


  • Applicants for this program must be current financial family members of an Australia-Japan Society (AJS).
  • School within the Cairns Region and attending to Year 9.10 or 11.
  • Applicants must have valid passport for travelling overseas.
  • The students must be studying Japanese language and have maintained sound grades in all general subjects for the last school term.
  • Applications OPEN in May and CLOSE late in July and AJS FNQ will not accept any applications which arrive after the closing date. (Application: Typed or computer generated. If students fail to prepare the complete set of documents, the student will automatically be eliminated as a candidate.
  • The First stage of selection from the applications will be announced by Mid-August.
  • The Second stage of selection is with personal interviews of the students and parents / guardians which will be conducted on a Sunday afternoon late in August. Students and parents must be available for this process as part of the application and unfortunately, if a student cannot be available for this process, the student will automatically be eliminated as a candidate.
  • The two successful students will be announced early September and should expect to visit either Oyama City or Minami Town, Japan later in December.

The AJS Scholarship Package would include: Value approx AUS $5,000

  • Return International flights to Japan, meals included
  • Arrival Meet & Greet at Japan Narita and Osaka Airports
  • Transport & guide from Japan Airports to / from final destinations
  • 1 hour AJS FNQ Trip Orientation in Cairns before departure
  • Orientation in Japan with council representatives after arrival to the destination
  • 1 or 2 night’s Hotel Accommodation before or after home stay arrangements.
  • Homestay Japan Accommodation for 4 to 5 weeks (Possible multiple families)
  • One-on-one support, assistance and guidance by Japanese Council Representatives / Student Counselor, Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), Coordinator of International relations (CIR) and the Board of Education.
  • Official welcome and meeting with the Mayor of the Japanese Sister City at the Council offices.
  • Provisions of School lunch for education period of the program.
  • (Most years the Japanese schools have been able to loan a local school uniform)
  • Various unique Japanese cultural / sporting / music experiences as arranged by host families and the local Council and representatives.

Please note – As a family contribution and fee to this unique opportunity, the AJS FNQ will require a fee of $600.00 per successful student to be paid prior to 1st December.

Some items not included / Not limited to: Passport applications and associated costs, the student health, travel and medical insurances, student spending money, general winter clothing, and any personal items.

Students should complete the application form available for download below.

If you have problems getting the application form then please email scholarship@ajsfnq.com.au

Gold Scholarship Sponsors

Silver Scholarship Sponsors

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