By Matt Rose
Teams from around Hiroshima-ken worked together to create an eclectic mix of films for this year’s 4th annual Fukuyama Let’s Film Festival on May 30.
We received seven entries, including one from an ex-JET in Tokyo and the festival’s first entry from our neighbors in Okayama-ken. Hopefully we’ll see more from them in future events!
This year’s participants were challenged to include the following elements in their short films:
- Prop: A Post It Note
- Location: Somewhere in view of the Japanese character 中
- Line: “According to the prophecy…”
The films ranged from spoof motivational mustache-growing tutorials, samurai ghost stories, tales of urban alienation, Fight Club pastiches, and several music videos, one of which was hilarious.
First prize went to Callum Watson and Kyo Morita’s “Waiting For Spring”, a touching cross-cultural love story in which every actor was forbidden from using their first language.
Roughly 85 people attended the event, which took place at Fukuyama’s Cinemode Annex cinema. In total, ¥75,000 was raised for this year’s charity of choice, UNICEF.
This will be the last Let’s Film Festival organized by Toby Ley and Matt Rose, but the reins have been passed on to Callum Watson and Diane Poon, so look for updates about upcoming events from them.
Please join the Facebook group to stay informed, and to see some previous years’ entries.