“And the award goes to … !” – The Award Winners of the 21st Nippon Connection Film Festival

This year's Nippon Connection must have stood under a lucky star. The pandemic forced us to organize a second online-only film festival. But despite the uncertainties we could realize a great festival, blessed with an array of marvelous films, strong partners and supporters, and a wonderful audience! And thanks to the online edition, the audience … Continue reading “And the award goes to … !” – The Award Winners of the 21st Nippon Connection Film Festival

Filmvorschlag: Unsere Praktis stellen vor! (Teil 2)

Es ist soweit, das Filmfestival Nippon Connection ist zurück mit einer so großen Auswahl an Filmen, dass es schwer sein kann, den passenden Film (oder Filme) für den Kinoabend zu finden. Aus diesem Grund haben wir unsere Praktikant*innen dieses Jahr gefragt, ob sie nicht ihre persönlichen Favoriten mit uns teilen möchten. Hier kommt Teil 2 … Continue reading Filmvorschlag: Unsere Praktis stellen vor! (Teil 2)

Guest in Focus: Koji HIJIKATA

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON DOCS section, we are presenting Koji HIJIKATAs documentary film SAYONARA TV. Koji HIJIKATA was born in Gifu Prefecture in 1976. After graduating in English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo, he has been working as a producer at the news channel Tokai TV since … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Koji HIJIKATA

Guest in Focus: Lunch Bee House

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON DOCS section, we are presenting Laura Liverani (right) and Neo SORA's (middle) documentary film AINU NENO AN AINU as a world premiere. Directors Laura Liverani (Japan/Italy), Neo SORA (Japan/USA), and producer Valý Þórsteinsdóttir (Iceland) (left) form the creative collective Lunch Bee House, named in … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Lunch Bee House

Nippon Connection and Female Filmmakers: A 2020 Look-Back

For as long as movies have existed, women have been every bit as central to the development and expansion of the medium as the many male figures that are typically regarded as the "original" (read, "only") masters of the art form. Despite this importance, gender disparity remains a massive problem in the industry to this … Continue reading Nippon Connection and Female Filmmakers: A 2020 Look-Back

Guest in Focus: Nanako HIROSE

Nanako HIROSE, director of BOOK-PAPER-SCISSORS, was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1987 and studied at Musashino Art University. She has been working for Hirokazu KOREEDA’s production company Bunbuku since 2011, starting out as an assistant on his films, as well as an assistant director to Miwa NISHIKAWA. In 2019, she gave her debut as a … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Nanako HIROSE

Guest in Focus: Kaori SAKAGAMI

Kaori SAKAGAMI, director of PRISON CIRCLE, born in Osaka in 1965, studied at the University of Pittsburgh. After returning to Japan, she started working as a director for numerous TV documentaries. Since 2001, she has been a Visiting Associate Professor at Hitotsubashi University. Her first feature length documentary LIFERS: REACHING FOR LIFE BEYOND THE WALLS … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kaori SAKAGAMI

Guest in Focus: Naomi MIZOGUCHI

Naomi MIZOGUCHI, born in Hyogo Prefecture, worked at a film production company in Japan before becoming a freelance filmmaker in 1995 and moving to New York in 2004 to study community media. In 2008, she co-established the non-profit-organization Cineminga, shooting a number of films with the active cooperation of indigenous people in South America and … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Naomi MIZOGUCHI

Guest in Focus: Miwa YOSHIMINE

Miwa YOSHIMINE was born in 1967. Since 1991, she has worked as a freelancer for commercial broadcasting programs and NHK documentaries. THIS PLANET IS NOT MY PLANET (2019 / NC ’20) is her first feature-length documentary. We are very glad she took the time to answer our questions for our Guest in Focus series. When and how … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Miwa YOSHIMINE

Guest in Focus: Kaori ODA

Kaori ODA, director of TS’ONOT / CENOTE, was born in Osaka in 1987. From 2013, she lived in Sarajevo for three years, studying film under Béla Tarr. Her first two feature-length documentaries, ARAGANE (2015) and TOWARD A COMMON TENDERNESS (2017), were shown at numerous international film festivals. In 2020, she was the first recipient of … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kaori ODA