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My weekend attending the Kyôto International Student Film & Video Festival 2010 was an amazing experience.

It was my first time to be invited to a film festival since high school. I did not win a prize for my film, but I am truly thankful that my little work “Life on Sirius” was among the high-level student movies of the official competition. Plus I am super-thankful for the encouragement I received through sharing time and  thoughts with the other directors from Japan, Indonesia, Poland and Korea. Most of the works I watched represented the unique and passionate world views of the creators, and though each one stood on different coordinates I felt a common understanding, or… consciousness. I could place myself as one legit voice within this community of visual expressionists, and, above all, got reassured that what I do and think is worth doing and thinking. I see one red line and one story here, which my director is guiding me on.

Ever since I left university to stumble through this irreality called Tôkyô I started feeling detached from creating movies, even though or maybe because of my work in the so-called movie industry, which focuses on anencephalous commercial cinema. However, two weeks ago I met my teacher Lee Chang-Dong in Ginza. The advice he gave me and the attendance at the Tokyo FILMeX movie festival brought me back on the right track. What do you want to say? What do you want to do? I am encouraged to bring forth the pictures in my head, to stand for my world view and to present my feelings through better and better works. You’ve got to believe in what you do and what you are. I’ve received so much encouragment. Thank you. I understand. I will continue this way from now on.

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The festival lasted for a week, on Saturday there were discussions. 10 of the directors from four different countries were present.


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I appreciate the strong doubts about certain aspects of my movie, stated by the jury members Aiuchi Keiji and Andô Momoko, but I also take it as great spur that my old teacher and movie critic Kitakôji Takashi (right) ranked it number 2 in the competition.

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