2021/02/04

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2021 Announced

Meryam Joobeur
Meryam Joobeur
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced Montréal based writer/director Meryam Joobeur as the 2021 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on February 3rd at the on-lined Sundance Film Festival. MOTHERHOOD, her winning project, is about a Tunisian mother protects and yet conflicts with her elder son who just returned from Syria with his pregnant wife with a series of mysterious incidents occurs in their remote north Tunisian hometown.

This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.
2020/07/28

Three NHK Workshop 2020 Fellows and Projects Announced!

Fellows and projects selected are:

Nana’s Blues by Noemie Nakai
Mori is a quirky lady in her late 70s living in Tochigi, Japan. She spends her days sewing underwear and bantering with her friend Takagi- all very normal distractions for women their age, expect for the fact that... they are in prison. And they are not the only ones: the entire facility is full of old women.
When Mori is suddenly granted parole, she plays a trick on Ueda, the new prison guard in charge, to ensure she’ll stay in jail longer. But Ueda is a young idealistic recruit - furious at Mori for wasting the opportunity, she makes sure the granny is thrown out of prison for good.
Left to her own devices in the vast outside world, Mori is completely at a loss. Convinced she has no place to belong to, she goes on a shoplifting spree to be arrested and sent back inside. Her plans, each more zany than the last, catch the police’s attention - but not in the way she had hoped. Not only do the police refuse to arrest her, but to her dismay, they summon her son.
Although she hasn’t spoken to him in years, Mori gets a glimpse of hope as her granddaughter grows fond of the old woman’s quirkiness. Even her son seems willing to reconnect with her.
Alas, the celebration is short-lived: he ends up cutting her off, making it clear that she is a source of shame for his family. Mori decides to go back in prison, certain that it’s her only escape from loneliness.
Back in jail, she is reunited with Takagi. The inmates are under Ueda’s severe supervision. Mori is assigned to assist the guard Ueda with the daily care required by the all the elderly inmates. Now pregnant, Ueda is growing disillusioned; instead of the blazing civil servant she aspired to be, she’s relegated to changing diapers.
As of Takagi, she is now part of a hairdressing reintegration program, and eats, sleeps and breathes for the day she’ll finally be reunited with her husband. Mori does her best to temper her friend’s spirit: the outside world is harsh.
Mori's son contacts her to sell her flat. He tells her he's always been ashamed by her, and that her reincarceration is the final straw.
Bitter, Mori lashes out at Takagi. She reveals that she met Takagi’s husband while she was out, and discovered he had dementia and no memory whatsoever of his wife. Takagi is dismayed, but still decides to keep studying for the diploma. The women fall out. Takagi is set free.
Mori discovers that Ueda knew all along about Takagi’s husband, and had been sending letters on his behalf to Takagi. They argue as to whether keeping it a secret from Takagi was the right choice. In the middle of the argument, Ueda has serious contractions. Mori has no choice but to help Ueda give birth, and for the first time, the woman feels needed.
Mori realizes that being in prison isn't the answer to her loneliness: finding value in herself is. When it announced that the prison will start a new reinsertion program, Mori decides to volunteer.

Noemie Nakai is part of the BFI x BAFTA crew program that supports emerging directors, and was selected as a ‘Female filmmaker under 30 to watch’ by Breakthroughs film festival.
Her latest work, the documentary “Tears Teacher”, premiered at Hot Docs in May 2020, and was then picked up by the New York Times for their Op-Docs series. It follows Yoshida, a man who travels all around Japan to help people weep, and challenges the leaden shroud over mental heath in Japan.
Her earlier shorts films were picked up by Film Movement to be distributed with their release of Hirokazu Koreeda’s “After The Storm” in North America, and were selected in festivals all around the world (Short Shorts Film & Asia, OFF Odense, Shorts on Tap, Kashish Mumbai, KINOFilm, Ca'Foscari, etc).
Her feature in development received the main award at Busan film festival’s Asian Project Market - following on the footsteps of film legends such as Hou Hsiao Hsien, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Naomi Kawase and Bong Joon-ho to name a few.
She has been shadowing Michael Mann for the last year, and has also worked as an actress with inspiring directors such as Naomi Kawase and Koji Fukada.

PRHYTHM by Yuji Hariu
Backup dancer Ritsu is short-tempered and quick to cause trouble in his jobs. As he spends his days in frustration for the inability to prove his talent, one day he finds himself involved in a drug case, gets falsely charged, and is sent to prison. The unreasonable treatment in prison almost makes him lose hope, but then he decides to participate in dance lessons offered as part of the prison’s rehabilitation program. As he spends his days coaching and dancing with his roguish prison mates, he regains the true joy of dancing that he had forgotten, and finds a new place he can call home.

Yuji Hariu joined the Creative Department at MTV Network Japan in 2007, where he began directing mainly music content videos. In 2008 he won the Rocket Award for newcomers at the Promax BDA Awards, an international competition for channel design. From 2010 he assumed total creative direction at MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARD JAPAN, an international music festival held by MTV. In 2012 he joined P.I.C.S. and took charge of planning, writing and directing of films, commercial clips, music videos and installations, presenting his works both domestically and internationally. In 2017 his original sci-fi film project was awarded the Grand Prix in TSUTAYA CREATORS’ PROGRAM FILM. Currently he is working on a project to make this into a feature-length film.

The Argument for Beauty by Yu Shibuya
Yutaka, an ESL instructor, gives a parrot to his son Noah on his 9th birthday. At the same time, Yutaka’s wife, Ashleigh, is having an affair. Soon, the family falls apart, and Yutaka returns to his hometown. Noah entrusts the parrot to his father as consolation, and Yutaka in turn leaves a “magic box” with Noah. After much deliberation, Noah makes a wish for a certain magical feat.

Yu Shibuya, born in 1979 on Hachijo Island, Tokyo, is a screenwriter, film director, and stage director. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Purdue University in Indiana, U.S. Jitensha, an award-winning short film he wrote and coproduced, was an official selection at major film festivals, including the 66th Venice Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.
An original feature he wrote and co-produced entitled Cicada has won many awards including three Grand Prizes at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Guam International Film Festival, and the Pan Pacific Film Festival.
The Paralympics documentary series WHO I AM, season 2 (Beatrice Vio), which he was the story editor for, was nominated for the 46th International Emmy Award.
Aside from involvement in films and theater, his range of activity is broad, including narrations, appearances in talk events, as well as being on the jury for screenplays at the Eiga World Cup and giving lectures at the Tokyo Film Center, Tori Studio, and the Nagaoka Institute of Design.

NHK will host the ninth annual Screenwriters Workshop in September 2020 which will be led by a creative adviser who has been great mentor at the Sundance Labs. The 2020 workshop goes online in the wake of COVID-19.

We had wonderful four days online workshop from September 22 (JST). Clockwise from top left, Mr. Gyula Gazdag, Creative Advisor; Mr. Yuji Hariu, Fellow; Mr. Yu Shibuya, Fellow; Ms. Atsuko Kohata, Interpreter; Ms. Noemie Nakai, Fellow.
2020/02/01

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2020 Announced

Kirsten Tan
Kirsten Tan
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have bestowed New York-based filmmaker Kirsten Tan with the 2020 Sundance Institute/NHK Award on February 01 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Her winning project HIGHER depicts people trapped in a residential building in a city by mysterious flood with deep study of human mind.

This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.
2019/06/24

Three Filmmakers for 2019 NHK Screenwriting Workshop announced!

Their projects are:

The Siren Vanishes by Yujiro Harumoto
A dedicated village authority worker who chose to stay in his remote hometown despite his intellectual brilliance, faces the local government’s unilateral village relocation. He fights against them under pressure between protecting his family and the villagers as well as struggling with his personal situation and community tensions.

A conscientious village authority worker Koichi who was born and bred in Shirasawa village which is suffering from depopulation. Koichi is planning to resign at the end of the year as he promised his wife’s parents to take over their rice farming business in Kamioka village.
One day out of the blue, Shirasawa village becomes a candidate for a relocation program by the local government. Koichi strives to find countermeasures against the relocation which takes a turn, resulting in Kamioka being an opponent village against Shirasawa. This forces Koichi to make a difficult decision between the villagers from his hometown and his in-laws family.

Someone's Red Balloon by Madoka Kumagai
The main characters are a married woman in her 50s who has spent her life farming and homemaking in a rural town, and a woman in her 20s fleeing the city after committing a senseless crime. Meeting through a miracle brought about by a red balloon, the two women find sympathy for each other and experience a powerful reawakening.

Teruko (54), a homemaker in a farming family, meets Rui (22), of unknown origin. Rui has in fact fled from the murder of her violent husband. Despite Teruko’s attempt to save her, Rui is arrested. Fearing reproach from her family, Teruko makes a false statement. Several months later, Teruko recalls that the letter that came floating to her on a red balloon 15 years earlier had been from Rui. Moved by the realization that it was her reply note to Rui inviting her to visit that had given emotional support to Rui all along, Teruko decides to speak the truth.

Helena Channel by Mio Ietomi
She is a mother who works at a convenience store in the country side.
But also, she is a fantastic navigator of internet movie channel.
Helena delivers her keen and funny observation about their lives in Japan as a representative of Brazilian immigrant by using her internet tool, “Helena Channel”.
It is a fantastic story that her soul like Brazilian Sunshine heals many lonely people there and bring them revolustion.

Oizumi town in Gunma pregfecture. It is a town, called as “Brazilian town” in Japan.
Helena, a Japanese Bralizian “4 sei”, is suddenly needed to start working at a convenience store to save her family. But she shares many funny topics, why Japanese people things based on her first experiences of works through her internet tool, “Helena Channel” and makes it as a hit content finally.

NHK will host the eighth annual Screenwriters Workshop in Tokyo in August 2019, inviting a creative adviser Mr. Gyula Gazdag who has been a great mentor at the Sundance Labs, Universities in US and Europe, and individual screenwriting workshops. It is our honor to invite him as this year’s leading advisor.
2019/02/18

“37 Seconds” received two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival!


PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD and CICAE ART CINEMA AWARD were bestowed on “37 Seconds” at this year’s Berlinale. The film is written and directed by NHK Screenwriting Workshop alumna HIKARI as her debut feature.
Congratulations, 37 Seconds team!

Actors Mei Kayama, the first-timer on wheelchair, Misuzu Kanno, Shunsuke Daito enjoyed the film’s world premiere as well as the red carpet at the Berlinale Palast along with the director.

Berlinale Press Release
37 Seconds facebook
2019/02/06

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2019 Announced

Taro Aoshima
Taro Aoshima
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced Japanese director/filmmaker Taro Aoshima as the 2019 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on February 2nd at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. His winning project PLANET KORSAKOV is about a man who returns to his hometown after twenty years and meets his mother, who he knows to have died. The project will be Aoshima’s first feature film.

This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.
2018/12/25

“37 Seconds” will world premiere at The Berlin International Film Festival!

HIKARI
HIKARI
NHK Screenwriting Workshop alumna HIKARI’s debut feature film “37 Seconds” is invited to the 69th Berlinale’s Panorama section. The NHK-supported project was Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2017 candidate as excellent script writing. The festival is scheduled to be held from February 7 to February 17, 2019. It will be the film’s world premiere. Congratulations, HIKARI!

Mei Kayama, the first-time actress on wheelchair in real life and the skillful actress Misuzu Kanno are starring.
Find more at the Berlinale site:
https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/panorama/pan-presse-detail_47450.html
2018/12/20

“The Mustang” gallops through the Sundance Film Festival 2019!

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
The Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2015 winner Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s first feature film “The Mustang” will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival Premiere section. Congratulations, Laure!

Please visit below URLs for more detail:
https://www.sundance.org/projects/the-mustang
http://www.nhk.or.jp/sun-asia/sundance/works/2015_e.html
2018/07/13

Three Filmmakers for NHK Screenwriting Workshop announced!

Their projects are:

Planet Korsakov by Taro Aoshima
The main character, hearing that his mother has died, returns to his hometown, only to find an unrecognizable townscape there and learn that his mother is alive, although she has dementia and her whereabouts are unknown. While searching for his mother he meets himself twenty years younger, aged 17, in the midst of preparations for an autumn outdoor film festival with his high school film club mates. While previewing movies with the club mates he watches a porn movie that has mingled in, and finds his unclothed mother appearing in the movie. As various hidden events of the past are revealed, he comes to confront his own trauma.

PLAN 75 by Chie Hayakawa
PLAN 75 is a governmental policy aiming to solve the population aging problem. The policy, unprecedented in the world, promotes euthanasia for people over the age of 75. The story begins in Japan a few years after the implementation of this policy. An elderly woman living alone has decided to submit herself to this system. A female writer is about to send her aged father to a euthanasia facility. A young Philippine woman has a job at a euthanasia facility disposing of deceased bodies. These three women are the main characters in the depiction of people who are caught up in this system that challenges the value of life.

NAGISA by Takeshi Kogahara
A reserved male college student, FUMINAO, spends his days going to school and working at a restaurant. One day, his classmate, YUKI, takes him to a haunted tunnel infamous for a woman ghost. There, Fuminao encounters his beloved sister, NAGISA, who had died three years ago. The tunnel turns out to be the spot of Nagisa’s fatal traffic accident. While she is no longer with him, Fuminao finds himself fumbling in the dark in hopes of seeing her. In the pitch-dark tunnel, Fuminao recalls his days with Nagisa.

Seven years ago. The countryside of Nagasaki, Japan. Having lost their mother at a young age, Fuminao and Nagisa lived with just their father. In the place of their busy father, Fuminao took care of Nagisa. They needed each other more than anyone else. With time, Fuminao realized his affection for Nagisa exceeded sibling love. He struggled with his emotions. To distance himself, he entered an university in Tokyo. Fuminao’s determination of not returning home prompts Nagisa to surprise him with a visit. During her bus ride to Tokyo, a fatal accident occurs. At Nagisa’s funeral, Fuminao looks through Nagisa’s wallet to find a photo of all four family members together. In the darkness of the tunnel, Fuminao spends nights wandering around looking for Nagisa. But she never makes an appearance. In the end, Fuminao is caught by the police and finds out that the “ghost” is a crazed mother of a teenager who had also died in the accident. She had wandered around and was mistaken as a ghost. The police warns Fuminao not to be the next “ghost,” but he keeps returning to the tunnel.

One day, Fuminao sees the family of a victim of the same accident praying at the tunnel. Fuminao recalls the conversation with Nagisa about afterlife, and their promise to meet at home if either of them dies and becomes a ghost, to prove that there is an afterlife. Nagisa wished to meet mother, father, and Fuminao all together. For the first time in three years, Fuminao decides to return home.

At home, his father warmly welcomes Fuminao and tells him that his mother and Nagisa are happy about his return. Midnight, Fuminao awakes to the summer heat. He drinks tea in the kitchen. Suddenly, the wind chime near the garden rings. It is the one that young Fuminao had made for Nagisa, since she always came home through the garden. The wind chime sways. Fuminao stares at the lonely garden. Once again, the wind chime rings with more certainty. Focusing his glance on the empty space, Fuminao quietly calls, “Nagisa.”
NHK will host the seventh annual Screenwriters Workshop in Tokyo in August 2018, inviting a creative adviser who has been great mentor at the Sundance Labs. To lead this year’s workshop, we are honored to have writer/producer, Mr. Erik Jendresen whose projects include Emmy Award winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, Killing Lincoln, and The Conversation.
2018/02/07

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2018 Announced

Remi Weekes
Remi Weekes
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced London based director/filmmaker Remi Weekes as the 2018 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on January 27th at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. HIS HOUSE, his winning project, is about a young couple acclimating themselves to a new life in the UK after an excruciating escape from Sudan, whose new home appears to be haunted.

This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.
2017/06/23

Three NHK Workshop Fellows Selected!

Their projects are:

Takeshi Kogahara
NAGISA by Takeshi Kogahara
Fuminao and Nagisa are a brother and sister who have lost their mother early. As they grow up, Fuminao becomes aware of his affection for Nagisa, and advances to a university in Tokyo to distance himself from her. In order to see her brother, who would not come home, Nagisa boards a night express bus for Tokyo, but dies in an accident en route. 3 years later, Fuminao sees Nagisa’s ghost in a tunnel he happens to visit. He then makes repeated visits to the tunnel with the hope of seeing her again, but to no avail. Drawn by his yearning for his sister whom he cannot see, Fuminao revisits his hometown.

Kyoko Miyake
Famme Fatal by Kyoko Miyake
Femme Fatale is a story of two women - a serial killer and a journalist whose parallel lives touch and collide.

Yoko, 39, is a frustrated journalist working for a local paper. Stubborn, clumsy and too independent for a Japanese corporate world, she is marginalized at work. In private, she goes through a string of hopeless dates while secretly trying to get pregnant through random sex as well as through IVF.
When the local papers decide to cover the epidemic of lonely deaths, Yoko is assigned with a series of reportage titled ‘Going Solo’. Yoko follows cleaners tasked with cleaning up the apartments left after the lonely deaths. Out of the clues left behind by the lonely men emerges a mysterious woman who knew all the men. In her search for the woman, Yoko is both outraged and inspired by the mystery woman and her insatiable appetite for food and sex.

Takeshi Fukunaga
IOMANTE by Takeshi Fukunaga
Ashi has spent his adult life far away from home, trying to escape his roots as a descendant of indigenous Ainu people of northern Japan, Hokkaido. But when he finally makes the trek north to attend his sister’s traditional Ainu wedding, he develops an unexpected bond with his heritage.
Looking for a way to honor his late father, Ashi moves back to Hokkaido where he decides to attempt to revive the forgotten Ainu ritual, Iomante. To do this, he must capture a baby cub, raise it into a full-grown bear, and then sacrifice the animal. But when he embarks on the journey to put the ritual together, long-overdue confrontations with his family, as well as with the greater Ainu community, test his commitment to making peace with his past.

NHK will host the sixth annual Screenwriters Workshop in Tokyo in August 2017, inviting a creative adviser who has been great mentor at the Sundance Labs. This year to lead the workshop, we have privilege to have Mr. Howard A. Rodman, screenwriter, educator, and president of Writers Guild of America West.

Mr. Howard A. Rodman
Mr. Howard A. Rodman and three creaters
2017/05/08

OH LUCY! to world premiere at The Critics’ Week in Cannes!

OH LUCY!
Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2016 winner, Atsuko Hirayanagi’s OH LUCY! is selected to screen in The International Critics’ Week at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. The festival is schedule to be held from May 17 to May 28, 2017. It will be the film’s world premiere. Congratulations, Atusko!
The International Critics’ Week at the 70th Cannes Film Festival
The International Critics’ Week at the 70th Cannes Film Festival
Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett are starring in the film with Japanese acting masters Koji Yakusho, Kaho Minami, and young Shioli Kutsuna.
NHK supported OH LUCY! production along with OH LUCY.LLC, MATCHGIRL PICTURES, MERIDIAN CONTENT, GLORIA SANCHEZ PRODUCTIONS.

Atsuko Hirayanagi (right) and Shinobu Terajima
(L to R) Atsuko Hirayanagi, Shinobu Terajima
2017/02/13

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2017 Announced

Babak Anvari
Babak Anvari
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have bestowed London-based filmmaker Babak ANVARI with the 2017 Sundance Institute/NHK Award on January 28 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. His winning project is a Neo-Noir thriller I CAME BY.

This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.
2016/07/25

Three NHK Workshop Fellows Selected!

Their projects are:

Laugh, children by Takuma Sato
Takuro Goto, Yoshiki Abe and Seigo Natsui, three old-time friends, come to misunderstand and hurt each other due to differences in their views on life. After various developments around the traditional namahage rituals and the greeting of the New Year, they still carry their respective burdens but appear to have taken one step forward in improving their ways of life.

The Eternal 1900 Miles by Shizuo Masuda
A Philippine woman and her son return from Japan to the Philippines, where they encounter the ghost of a Japanese soldier. They suffer various difficulties, and through them they discover true happiness.

CANTERING by HIKARI
YUMA is a paraplegic comic book artist being manipulated by her best friend and hidden away from society under her mother's smothering care. When she's exposed to the adult comic industry, Yuma is forced to explore a new identity. In the process, she discovers a new purpose in life, a romantic relationship and how to be an independent woman.

NHK will host the fifth Screenwriters Workshop in Tokyo in summer 2016, inviting a creative adviser who has been great mentor at the Sundance Labs. This year, we have privilege to have Mr. Dante Harper to head the workshop.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0363837/
2016/02/12

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2016 Announced

Atsuko Hirayanagi
Atsuko Hirayanagi
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced US-based Japanese filmmaker Atsuko HIRAYANAGI as the 2016 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on January 30 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Her winning project Oh Lucy! is about a 55 year old single office worker in Tokyo who enrolls in an unorthodox English class, which requires her to take on an American persona, 'Lucy'.

This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.

co-writer Boris Frumin
co-writer Boris Frumin
2015/02/03

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2015 Announced

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced French actress-writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on January 31 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Her project MUSTANG is about a convict who is forced to confront his past, guilt and conscience by his participation in a rehabilitation program that trains inmates to tame captured wild mustangs.
This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.

Hiroshi Kurosaki, one of selected filmmakers for NHK screenwriting workshop 2014 received Special Mention for his project Prometheus' Fire. He also receives creative support from Sundance Institute.

At the Festival, NHK screenwriting workshop 2013 alumna Atsuko Hirayanagi received the Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction for Oh Lucy!.

Hiroshi Kurosaki
Hiroshi Kurosaki
Atsuko Hirayanagi
Atsuko Hirayanagi
"Oh Lucy!" starring Kaori Momoi
"Oh Lucy!" starring Kaori Momoi
2014/02/10

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2014 Announced

Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced New York based director/filmmaker Mark Elijah Rosenberg as the 2014 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on January 24th at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Ad Inexplorata, his winning project, is about an astronaut who craves for exploring the place unknown to the humanity, which is the Mars.
This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema in realizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.

At the Festival, one of Sundance/NHK Award alumni Alejandro Fernández Almendras (2008 award Huacho) received the Grand Jury Award: World Drama Competition for his latest To Kill a Man.
2013/05/29

HELI's Amat Escalante received Best Director at the Cannes!

Amat Escalante, Sundance/NHK Award 2010 winner, was honored as Best Director at the 66th Cannes Film Festival for his third feature film "HELI" about Mexico's brutal drug wars. Congratulations, Amat!

HELI Photo
Amat Escalante
2013/04/19

HELI is in the Cannes' Competition!

Amat Escalante's modern Mexican story HELI, 2010 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award winner, will be screened in 2013 Cannes Film Festival Competition. Highly anticipated Amat's third feature film will vie for Palme d'Or with 18 other selections from filmmakers such as Roman POLANSKI, Asghar FARHADI, Ethan COEN & Joel COEN, Steven SODERBERGH, and François OZON. Festival De Cannes: May 15 - 26.

HELI Photo 1
HELI Photo 2
2013/02/04

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2013 Announced

Kentaro Hagiwara (left), Kyohta Fujimoto (right / co-writer)
Kentaro Hagiwara (left), Kyohta Fujimoto (right / co-writer)
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced Japanese commercial director/filmmaker Kentaro Hagiwara as the winner of the 2013 Sundance Institute/NHK Award on January 26th at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Hagiwara's winning project is titled "Spectacled Tiger."
This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema in realizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.
2013/01/15

Beasts of the Southern Wild got Oscar nominations!

NHK-supported Beasts of the Southern Wild received Academy Award nominations in following four categories;

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Best Picture: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
Directing: Benh Zeitlin
Actress in a Leading Role: Quvenzhané Wallis
Writing – Adapted Screenplay: Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin

Quvenzhané is the youngest leading actress nominee ever. The Academy Award ceremony is scheduled on February 24.
Congratulations, Beasts!
2013/01/11

May in the Summer opens the Sundance Film Festival!

May in the Summer
NHK proudly congratulates 2011 Sundance Institute / NHK Award winner Cherien Dabis and her film May in the Summer on its premiere in US Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. May in the Summer is Cherien’s second feature film and selected as competition opening film.

Sundance Film Festival starts on January 17 and its award ceremony is scheduled on January 26.

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