Thank you for your participation.
See you next year!!
Screening Dates : Fri. Dec 3rd - Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

We will have a discussion with the directors 
(Jun Hori, Anne Koizumi, Kira Dane)
from 8pm (EST) on Saturday, December 4th​​​​​​​

- Lineup -
- Short films -​​​​​​​
In the Shadow of the Pines
Dir. Anne koizumi, 2020, 8min,Stop-motion animation)

Horimono: Japan's Tattoo Pilgrimage
(Dir. David Caprara, Kira Dane, 2020, 17min, Documentary)

In the Shadow of the Pines Trailer

Horimono: Japan's Tattoo Pilgrimage Trailer

(Dir. Adam Shaw, 2021, 19min, Documentary)

花とラルバ / Live or Let Live
(Dir. Yoko Asano, 2018, 9min, Stop-motion animation)

あしたから / to day plus one
(Dir. Yumeno Hoshi, 2018, 2min, Animation)

OFUKU5-Karate Catharsis- 
(Dir. Sayoko Akutsu, 2019, 20min, Drama)

- Feature Film -


(Dir. Jun Hori, 2020, 105min, Documentary)

- Discussion & Directors Interview-
We’ll have a discussion of Jun Hori, Director of 'Watashi wa bundan wo yurusanai' , Anne Koizumi, director of 'In the Shadow of the Pines', and Kira Dane, director of 'Horimono: Jaoan's Tattoo Pilgrimage.

Date & Time : Saturday, Dec 4th, 2021 from 8 PM (EST)​​​​​​​
- Guests-
Anne Koizumi

Anne Koizumi is an independent filmmaker and media arts educator based in Montreal, Quebec. She completed her undergraduate studies in Film Production at the University of British Columbia and her master’s in film production at York
University in 2011. In 2006, she was invited by the National Film Board of Canada to participate in Hothouse 3, an animation intensive for emerging animators, where she completed her first professional film A Prairie Story. Her films have screened nationally and internationally at Hot Docs, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Annecy, SFFIM, Slamdance, Norwich Film Festival and the London International Animation Festival. Her most recent film, In the Shadow of the Pines, won best short animation at SFFILM, best narrative short and best Canadian short at the 2020 Ottawa International Animation Festival. She has taught stop-motion animation workshops at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Hospitals and Community Centres throughout Toronto, and at Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary, Alberta.
Kira Dane

Kira Dane is a half-Japanese filmmaker from New York City, currently based in Nara, Japan. Having grown up with the influence of two very different cultures, she is most interested in stories that dig for the messy nuance between two extremes. With a background in painting and illustration, she often incorporates animation and experimental forms in her work. Kira was a 2019 fellow of the Sundance Ignite Program, and her work has been screened and awarded at internationally renowned festivals such as IDFA, SXSW, AFI Docs, Atlanta Film Festival, and New Orleans Film Festival, among others.
Jun Hori 

Jun was born in Hyogo, Japan and is currently the Representative Director of the NPO 8bitNews and the CEO of  GARDEN Inc.
After the graduation of Rikkyo University in German Language and Literature, he was recruited to join the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) in 2001. He was a reporter and a newscaster for ‘News Watch 9’, ‘Biz Spo’, etc.. 
In 2012, he started ‘8bitNews’ which is a citizen news site and left NHK in 2013. He is currently working as a newscaster for program such as ‘Morning FLAG’, ‘Abema Prime’, ‘Wake up’ and works as a journalist and a writer.
Jun is also a visiting Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at Shukutoku University, official columnist of ’Forbes Japan”. He took office as a invited researcher of Waseda University, Global Consolidated Research Institute for Science Wisdom in 2019, and he is planning events which go beyond the border between the government and private and transmission of information.
In 2020, he published the film ‘STAND WITH THE DIVIDED’ which was written and directed by Jun himself.

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