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 210 participants from 45 countries, selected from 1002 applicants from 94 countries, have experienced KFL workshops and collaborate with each other in Kyoto. From 2015, 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. This year, they will open “Actors Lab ” for young actors/actresses in Japan. “Actors Lab” will provide lectures of traditional style of acting, behavior and manner. The participants can also communicate with young filmmakers from all over the world. We hope that this program will be a meaningful opportunity for aspiring filmmakers in this ever-changing visual arts world.


■Submission Period
August 10(Thu) to September 17 (Sun), 2017
(* Actors Lab’s Submission Period is until October 7th)

■Program Period
1.Hands on JIDAIGEKI: October 28 (Sat) to November 3 (Fri), 2017 <7 days>
2.Masters Session: October 31 (Tue) to November 3 (Fri), 2017 <4 days>
3.Actors Lab: October 28 (Sat) to October 30 (Mon), 2017<3 days>

■Participation Fee
Free *We can also cover the accommodation fee but participants need meal fee and transportation fee during the KFL.

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

■Number of Participants
1.Hands on JIDAIGEKI: 20 people
2.Masters Session: 20 people
3.Actors Lab: 10~15 people

・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)

・30th Tokyo International Film Festival Executive Committee
・KYOTO Cross Media Experience Executive Committee


・Kyoto Cross Media Promotion Agency
・Japan-China Film Festival Executive Committee
・Shanghai Theatre Academy
・Istituto Italiano di Cultura-Osaka