Once called the Hollywood of Japan, Uzumasa, Kyoto has developed as a filmmaking capital thanks to its rich cultural background and its forerunners’ legacy of creativity and inspiration. Two major studios continue to use the established skills of professionals to produce films with refined sensibilities. Kyoto’s unique theatrical sword fighting has influenced a wide range of visual works, including Sci-Fi films, video games, and animated works, going beyond the border of the Jidaigeki genre.

When we look back at the history of filmmaking in Kyoto, we are reminded that it is young creators who have played the important roles in the creation and innovation of cinematographic expression. That movie professionals of diverse cultural backgrounds have found their encounters with Kyoto’s valuable heritage of filmmaking to be of great importance to their careers supports this observation.
Kyoto Filmmakers Lab aims to provide an international networking place for young filmmakers, as well as an opportunity for them to receive guidance from leading directors and professionals in the industry and filmmaking experience in the active studios while taking advantage of Kyoto’s filmmaking heritage. We hope that this workshop, where filmmakers of various cultural backgrounds gather in the studios in Kyoto to live and create a film together, will inspire the creation of new films in Kyoto and spread the tradition and spirit of Kyoto’s filmmaking across the globe.

In the nine-year history of Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, a total of 177 participants from 44 countries, selected from 755 applicants from 91 countries, have experienced KFL workshops and collaborate with each other in Kyoto.

Last year, we are excited to deliver edgy lectures in collaboration with Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the largest film festival in Japan, in addition to our signature Jidaigeki making workshop. We hope that this program will be a meaningful opportunity for aspiring filmmakers in this ever-changing visual arts world.


■Submission Period
July 27th (Wed) to September 8th (Thu), 2016

■Program Period
October 29th (Sat) to November 3th (Thu), 2016 <6 days>

Toei Studios Kyoto, Shochiku Kyoto Studios, The Museum of Kyoto and other venues in Kyoto.

■Number of Participants
About 40 people *Only 20 participants will be selected for the hands–on JIDAIGEKI workshop

・Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Committee
(Kyoto Prefectural Government, The Museum of Kyoto, Toei Company, Ltd., Shochiku Studio Co., Ltd., Toei Kyoto Studio Co., Ltd., Iwamoto Metal Co., Ltd., Directors’ Univ Co., Ltd., Ritsumeikan University)

・29th Tokyo International Film Festival Executive Committee
・KYOTO Cross Media Experience Executive Committee

・Kyoto Crossmedia Promotion Agency