Youth Filmmaking Workshop
We will be screening two films created from the perspective and passion of junior high school and high school students.
We invite a professional film director as an instructor, while the junior high school and high school students create the concepts, do the filming, and do the editing in this filmmaking workshop. We will screen the films that were created from their perspective. It's a way for us to develop the people who will connect with the world from Nara.
*This program will be a double-feature.
Until the last Spark
A girl who lost a friend she loved without letting them know how she felt. On a clear night of both Obon and a new moon, the girl thinks about one of those things when she lights some stringed-sparklers. In the short 40 seconds that she could meet that special person, what did she want to leave behind...
- Keiko, Sawa, Mia, Miyu, Mona, Riko
Just a little,
What small joys are all around you? Feeling the misery of life, a young girl discovers a map inside a small bottle one day. Where that map leads to... It's a story of how the small joys that fill daily life and the kindness of others can make someone just a little more positive.
- Kisa, Saki, Hinata, Mitsuki, Yuka
Screening Dates, Times, and Venues
- Sep. 22 16:00～
- Nara City Naramachi Center Shimin Hall
Guest Talk Session After Screening
State of the workshop
The Youth Filmmaking Workshop was held from August 16th to 23rd. There were 11 participants, ranging from 1st year junior high school students to 3rd year high school students. Split into two teams, and with director Ryutaro Nakagawa as an instructor and NIFF Executive Director Naomi Kawase watching over, the teenagers did their field work, held discussions, planned, location-hunted, filmed, and edited, all while thinking, working together, and discovering their own answers. Finally on the 23rd, they borrowed Kasugataisha Shrine’s Oshukusho and held an outdoor screening under the stars, with many people coming to see the revealing of this brand-new film. The teenagers grew up quite a bit in this workshop, and the adults that were involved also learned a lot.
Filmmaker / Screenwriter Ryutaro Nakagawa
Summer Blooms received the FIPRESCI Award and the Russian Film Critic's Special Honor at the Moscow International Film Festival. His most recent film, Silent Rain, was nominated for the Kim Jiseok Award at the Busan International Film Festival, and received the Audience Award at Tokyo Filmex. He is also a poet, and was the youngest to receive the Year-Long Award of Excellence from the magazine, Poetry and Fantasy.