Kyoto Filmmaker’s Lab is a workshop project in Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival.

This year the following items in recruiting participants.

→Click here for details on application.

The application for Kyoto Filmmakers Lab 2011 is now open

Kyoto Filmmakers Lab 2011 is a filmmakers development camp for young filmmakers. This program will provide the opportunity to meet outstanding filmmakers from both Japan and all over the world and the experience of samurai epic filmmaking. Kyoto Filmmakers Lab also aims to encourage Japanese filmmakers to participate educational programs in abroad. Kyoto Filmmakers Lab 2011 as the fourth holding this year will be the great opportunity for young filmmakers in the international trends of filmmaking rapidly changes.

General Information

Organizer :

Kyoto Filmmakers Lab organizing committee

[Kyoto Prefecture Government, Visul Industry Promotion Organization, The Museum of Kyoto, Toei Company, Ltd. Kyoto Movie Studios, Shochiku Kyoto Studio Co., Ltd.]

Special Supporter :

Directors’ Univ Co., Ltd.

Sponsor :

Kyoto Research Park Kyoto Machiya Studios

Submission Period :

September 1 to October 17, 2011

Program Period :

November 28 to December 1, 2011 <4days>

(Accomodation will be provided from November 25 if you wish to attend an epic film festival “HISTORICA”)

Venues :

Toei Studios Kyoto, Shochiku Kyoto Studios, The Museum of Kyoto

Number of Participants :

20 people

Application Outline

Your sample of work must be either a short film or an abridged version of your work within THREE MINUTES in length and in English or with English subtitles.
(We do NOT accept any sample of work longer than THREE MINUTES.)

We accept any nationality.

You must be able to communicate in English.

You are a film school graduate OR graduate in a film program OR you have a professional experience in a film, videogame or animation industry OR you have made a shot film.

The field of work to be accepted : Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Grip. Editor, Sound mixer, Music composer, Animator, Game designer, VFX designer.

You must be able to attend all 4 days program from November 28 to December 1, 2011 and stay together in a same hostel during the program.

We do NOT accept team applications.

You have never attended Kyoto Filmmakers Lab before.

Participants will be selected by the juries consist of film directors and film specialists.

Please see the details at the website.

*This program is a camp style workshop.

(Accommodation will be provided from November 25 to December 1, 2011)

*Partial travel expenses (60,000 JP yen) will be provided

for participants from outside of Japan.

Program Contents

Hands-on “JIDAIGEKI”
It is a Hands-on training workshop of samurai epic filmmaking to make a 5 minutes length short film being shot in the open sets in Toei Studios Kyoto and Shochiku Kyoto Studios. Though out the workshop, participants will experience Kyoto’s traditional film assets include samurai epic film set, art direction, lighting and wardrobe as same as the equipments and facilities being used for feature films. This program is for filmmaker, game designer, animator or music composer as their professional level. All the participants will be required to take a role in either directional part or technical part for the samurai epic filmmaking workshop.

Screenings and lectures of epic films and swords action lecture.

Kyoto Film Pitching

*Rules and regulations are subject to change without notice.

*For farther information, please see the website.


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