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Filmmakers, you have two weeks to apply for the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab (and even learn a bit of “jidaigeki”)

THE Kyoto Filmmakers Lab closes for submissions on 8 September 2016, or two weeks from now. So if you make movies and want to develop your craft, how about time off in Japan for a special program? Because if you’re among the selected few who show enough potential for the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab jury, you could be in Japan for a six-day workshop on filmmaking led by international industry sensations!

Among last year’s guest presenters include Locarno‘s Head of Programming, Mark Peranson, and Executive Director of the Urban Nomad Film Festival, Jeane Huang. Furthermore, the special program also collaborated with the Tokyo International Film Festival last year to present a series of lectures from the festival’s celebrated lineup. This year’s facilitators however are extra special: members of the jury from the Japanese Cinema Splash section of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival have confirmed to appear.

All you need to do is apply online — generally anyone with professional experience in film, videogame or animation can apply for a spot, but the program will also consider film graduates, students, and anybody who has ever made a short film. Fill up an online form, get a code which helps you upload your work samples for consideration, and you could stand a chance of a lifetime. There’s even free lodging and ¥60,000 cash (approximately RM2400) to help offset your expenses on the trip upon arriving in Japan.

The twist? Kyoto Filmmakers Lab forms part of the Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival (KHIFF), a film festival focused on history and jidaigeki, a genre of Japanese period film and drama which also comprises many popular samurai films.

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Akira Kurosawa‘s Seven Samurai (1954) is a jidaigeki classic.

KHIFF is special — there’s cosplay, discussions with voice actors, jidaigeki workshops (in English!) and even a film pitching contest on top of the usual screenings.

Participants of any nationalities are welcome, but those who are interested must be available for all six days of the program. Check out the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab and KHIFF for more information, and good luck!


Want an entry form? We’ve got you covered. Meanwhile, make sure to also check out the Panasonic Digital Short Film Competition!

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