[Update] This giveaway is now closed

We are pleased to be able to announce a special Tokyo International Film Festival ticket giveaway, with five pairs of screening passes up for grabs.

The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival takes place from October 17-25, but we have tickets for a special pre-festival screening event at Akasaka Civic Hall on September 29.

The film is What Maisie Knew, the story of a young girl caught up in a bitter custody battle. It stars Steve Coogan, Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgård.

At the 2012 Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokyo Weekender met with Scott McGehee and David Siegel, directors of What Maisie Knew (click to read that interview) and the pair discussed the original Henry James novel that inspired their contemporary re-imagining.

The festival is a chance to see a lot of releases from around the world in English in a central Tokyo location before many of them are on general release, and over the years stars from around the world have come to Tokyo for audiences with local media and fans. This year, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Bourne series director Paul Greengrass, will open proceedings, with those same Hollywood A-listers expected to be in attendance.

Tokyo International Film Festival Ticket Giveaway

Onata Aprile and Alexander Skarsgård in the film © 2013 MAISIE KNEW, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Entering the Tokyo International Film Festival ticket giveaway:

[Update] This giveaway is now closed

For your chance to win the tickets, simply email [email protected] with the subject line TIFF Giveaway. You’ll need to include your full name – and the answer to the following question:

In which year was the first Tokyo International Film Festival?

Good luck – we look forward to receiving your entries. Closing date: August 31. For more news, previews and reviews from the festival keep an eye on our movie page.

Expect more announcements, including a full line-up, as we follow all Tokyo International Film Festival developments over the next couple of months.

For more information, please see the festival’s official site, which can be read in English at this link: tiff.yahoo.co.jp

Watch the What Maisie Knew trailer, below: