New York Japan CineFest: Short Film Program
Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, these six award-winning shorts, including live action and animation, offer rich insight into the imagination and creative impulse of emerging filmmakers. Program attended by filmmakers.
Dir. Davina Pardo. 2011. 15 min. Documentary.
Minka is a short documentary about a remarkable Japanese farmhouse and the memories it contains. In 1967, an American journalist and a Japanese student rescued the ancient house from the snow country of Japan, and their lives were forever changed.
Florida Film Festival: Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short
Savannah Film Festival: Special Jury Award
Dir. Shoko Hara, Paul Brenner. 2012. 4 min. Animation.
Animated short film about Fukushima children who can't play outside because of the radioactivity. About their dreams and realities.
International Uranium Film Festival 2013: Best Animated Film
Junk Head 1
Dir. Takahide Hori. 2014. 30 min. Animation.
After a conflict between humans and clones, the clones have been driven far below, to the lower levels of the city. Now, 1,200 years later, humans are sending a research pod down below to study the clones' habitat.
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2014: Best Animation
The Misadventures of Incredible Dr. Wonderfoot
Dir. Grier Dill/Brett Glass. 2013. 12 min. Comedy.
This high-octane sci-fi comedy follows an aging Japanese podiatrist down a rabbit hole of unbelievable stories from his buried past.
Lil Tokyo Reporter
Dir. Jeffrey Gee Chin. 2012. 30 min. Drama.
1935 Los Angeles: community leader Sei Fujii uncovers the corrupt activities of his community's underground mafia. He must choose between saving the face of his deteriorating community and confronting the issues head-on through his newspaper. Based on a true story.
California International Shorts Festival: Best Short Film
DisOrient Oregon Asian American: Best Short Film
LA International Underground: Best Short Film
Sacramento International: Best Short Film
Treasure Coast International: Best Short Film
Treasure Coast International: Best Cinematography
Asians on Film 2014: Best Cinematography
Asians on Film 2013: Best Cinematography
Little Kyota Neon Hood
Dir. Satsuki Okawa. 2012. 20 min. Comedy/Drama.
Ten-year-old Kyota lives in Kiryu City with his single mother. There are two items he cannot live without — a worn-out English vocabulary book and a disaster prevention hood. One day Kyota's English teacher Tim, who went back to the UK following an earthquake, returns to his school.
Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival: Grand Prix for Short Film Category
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