“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: Yu Hsin CHIUEH

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Yu Hsin CHIUEHs short film PROJECT TANUKI as part of our JVTA Meets PIA Film Festival: Shorts program. Born in 1995 in the U.S.A., Chiueh came to Japan from Taiwan in 2018 and began shooting self-produced films. She currently … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yu Hsin CHIUEH

Guest in Focus: Junta Yamaguchi

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Junta YAMAGUCHIs feature film BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES. Junta YAMAGUCHI, born in Osaka Prefecture in 1987, studied Management at Kindai University. Since 2005, he has been part of the theater group EUROPE KIKAKU from Kyoto and works as … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Junta Yamaguchi

Guest in Focus: Soshi MATSUMOTO

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Soshi MATSUMOTO's feature film debut IT'S A SUMMER FILM! Soshi MATSUMOTO was born in Saitama in 1988 and started his career by directing numerous commercials, music videos, short films, and series for TV and the web. His feature-length debut … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Soshi MATSUMOTO

Guest in Focus: Akihiko YANO

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are showing Akihiko YANO's new feature film YES, YES, YES. Akihiko YANO was born in Miyazaki Prefecture in 1985 and studied film at ENBU Seminar under Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI. He made his directorial debut with his graduation film IMAGINE in 2010. Afterwards … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Akihiko YANO

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: Teppei ISOBE

Teppei ISOBE was born in Osaka in 1978. After graduating from Visual Arts College Osaka, he worked on music videos and commercials as a freelancer. In 2016, he began directing independent short films. For WHO KNOWS ABOUT MY LIFE (2018 / NC ’19), he won the award for best short film at SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Teppei ISOBE

Guest in Focus: Chihiro AMANO

Chihiro AMANO, director of MRS. NOISY, was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1982. After working at an office for five years, she turned to film and directed several short films that were screened at PIA Film Festival and at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, among others. Her feature film debut was the manga adaptation NO … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Chihiro AMANO

Guest in Focus: Ryutaro NINOMIYA

Ryutaro NINOMIYA, director of MINORI, ON THE BRINK, was born in Kamakura in 1986 and studied film production for a year before he decided to take acting classes. He completed his first feature film THE CHARM OF OTHERS in 2012 and won the Runner-Up Award of the PIA Film Festival with it. He then acted … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Ryutaro NINOMIYA