Last year I attended an excellent Filmmakers Lab in Kyoto, Japan. It was filled with lectures from different people in the industry such as Masato Harada, Jet Inoue and a panel of international film festivals professionals. This was an exceptional experience based in the heart of the beautiful city of Kyoto.
The organizers have now put up the Alumni page aaaaaaaand, here I am: KFL Alumni Page.
More info about the Lab:
KYOTO FILMMAKERS LAB
Once called the Hollywood of Japan, Uzumasa, Kyoto has developed as a filmmaking capital thanks to its rich cultural background and its forerunners’ legacy of creativity and inspiration. Two major studios continue to use the established skills of professionals to produce films with refined sensibilities. Kyoto’s unique theatrical sword fighting has influenced a wide range of visual works, including Sci-Fi films, video games, and animated works, going beyond the border of the Jidaigeki genre.
When we look back at the history of filmmaking in Kyoto, we are reminded that it is young creators who have played the important roles in the creation and innovation of cinematographic expression. That movie professionals of diverse cultural backgrounds have found their encounters with Kyoto’s valuable heritage of filmmaking to be of great importance to their careers supports this observation.
Kyoto Filmmakers Lab aims to provide an international networking place for young filmmakers, as well as an opportunity for them to receive guidance from leading directors and professionals in the industry and filmmaking experience in the active studios while taking advantage of Kyoto’s filmmaking heritage. We hope that this workshop, where filmmakers of various cultural backgrounds gather in the studios in Kyoto to live and create a film together, will inspire the creation of new films in Kyoto and spread the tradition and spirit of Kyoto’s filmmaking across the globe.
In the seven-year history of Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, a total of 139 participants from 37 countries, selected from 615 applicants from 81 countries, have experienced filmmaking in Kyoto.
This year, we are excited to deliver edgy lectures in collaboration with Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the largest film festival in Japan, in addition to our signature Jidaigeki making workshop. We hope that this program will be a meaningful opportunity for aspiring filmmakers in this ever-changing visual arts world.
For even more information, head on out at the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab website.