Members of ASIFA-Japan

Sayoko KINOSHITA

President:Sayoko KINOSHITA

Animation Director/Producer. Sayoko has been making independent animation documentary shorts together with her partner Renzo Kinoshita, such as "Made in Japan"('72), "Japonese"('77), "Pica Don" ('78), "The Last Air Raid- Kumagaya"('93), "Ryukyu Okoku - Made in Okinawa" ('04) , receiving Grand Prix and many international prizes. Also, since late 1960s, she has been working for the development of animation art, including education, research and promotion. In 1985, she founded the first international animation festival in Asia, in Hiroshima, endorsed by ASIFA, and has been the Festival Director since then. ASIFA President from 2006 to 2009. She is now ASIFA Vice-President, ASIFA-Japan President, Advisor to Japan Society of Animation Studies, Visiting Professor at Osaka Univ. of Arts, Board of Joshibi Univ. of Art and Design, President of Int'l Animation Library, President of Studio Lotus.

CONTACT
Studio Lotus, Inc.
5-13-14-405 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Japan
tel: +81-3-3585-0696
fax: +81-3-3585-8665
E-mail: info@asifa.jp
PROFILE

Born in Tokyo, Sayoko Kinoshita graduated from the Plastic Arts Department of Joshibi College of Art and Design in 1966. After working with Mushi Productions for two years, she joined Studio Lotus in 1969, and since then, she has been working energetically and internationally for various fields related to animation as well as to films in general including documentary and fiction. Her activities range widely, including filmmaking, producing, promoting, teaching, etc.

Kinoshita planned and directed animation as well as designed the characters and lightings for several TV programs such as "Curricula Machine" (NTV/ '74-'76/ educational program), "Ohayo Kodomo Show" (NTV/ '76-'80/ educational program), "Kokky Pop" (NTV/ '81/ music program).

As for the independent animation documentary shorts and commercial works, which were made together with her partner Renzo Kinoshita, she mainly managed the planning, script, animation and producing. Her representative shorts include "Made in Japan"('72), "Japonese"('77), "Pica Don"('78), "The Last Air Raid - Kumagaya"('93) and "Ryukyu Okoku – Made in Okinawa" (2004). All her works received international awards as well as prizes at various international film festivals, including the Grand Prize at New York Int'l Film Festival, and have been invited by various film festivals continuously around the world.

As for the educational activities, Kinoshita has not only been making lectures at art universities, colleges, and film festivals since early '80s, but also, has been teaching animation to the audio-visual professionals of 41 developing countries (in Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Middle East and Central & South America) since 1990, as the animation production experts of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Moreover, she has been holding lectures and workshops aimed for the specialists of various different fields, informing that animation is one of the most effective media which could be very useful in developing their field as well as in dealing various social problems such as human rights, peace, AIDS, population, etc. In 1994, Kinoshita was invited by UNICEF to make a lecture at the "2nd Animation for Development Workshop & Summit" held in Orlando. In 2000, she was dispatched by The Japan Foundation for their "Introducing Japan Project", and made lectures on Japanese animation as well as held animation demonstration in Mexico City, Houston, Austin and Sao Paulo. Also in 2000, she made a lecture and workshop on animation at the "International Human Rights Education Symposium & Workshop", organized by Osaka City. She also put great emphasis on holding animation workshops for children, and served as the President of ASIFA Workshop Group (AWG) during 1997 ~ 2006. Since 2005, she has been teaching at Osaka University of Arts as the Visiting Professor.

Kinoshita has also been working hard internationally for the dissemination of animation as an art/media form. Her emphasis is placed especially on artistic short animation. Since early '80s, she has been introducing Japanese short animations to foreign countries. On the other hand, she has been introducing other countries' masterpieces to Japan where the opportunities to appreciate such works are still very rare. By showing high quality animations, she aims to elevate the recognition and status of animation art and animation artists worldwide.

In 1985, Kinoshita produced and founded the first international biennial competitive animation festival in Asia, in Hiroshima (organized by Hiroshima City and ASIFA-Japan) , endorsed by ASIFA. She has been working as the Festival Director since the first edition, and is now preparing for the sixteenth edition which will be held in 2016 August. As the delegate of Hiroshima Festival, Kinoshita has been visiting many countries in Asia by herself to research the situation of animation industry as well as to meet and exchange with the animation people. In 1993, she visited Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and The Philippines, in 1996 visited Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, in 1998 visited many cities in India, and in 2000 visited many cities in Turkey. She has also been making intensive researches and exchanges in European countries. For example, in 2003, she visited Romania, in 2005 Switzerland, and in 2008 Finland.

Since early 80's, she has been coordinating animation programs for film festivals and art museums of various countries. During 1986-1994, she annually organized the non-competitive international animation festival in Itabashi District in Tokyo, and put emphasis on introducing artistic shorts from various countries. In 1986, she founded International Animation Library (IAL). IAL keeps films/videos from over the world, and finds the opportunities to show these works as well as cooperate with the artists with their filmmakings, and introduces the variety and effectiveness of animation art/medium.

From June 2006 to December 2006, Kinoshita served as the Acting President of ASIFA, and from December 2006 to December 2009, she served as the President of ASIFA.

Animation Filmmaker/Producer
Vice-President of Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA)
President of ASIFA-Japan President of Studio Lotus Inc., President of International Animation Libarary (IAL)
Festival Director of HIROSHIMA International Animation Festival
Honorary Citizen of Hiroshima City Member of International Short Film Conference (ISFC)
Member of Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan, Inc. (MPTE)
Member of Japan Film Producer's Association
Lecturer at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Adviser to Japan Society for Animation Studies (JSAS)
Visiting Professor at Osaka University of Arts
Board of Joshibi University of Art and Design

WORKS / PRIZES
2004 » "RYUKYU OKOKU – MADE IN OKINAWA"

(by Renzo and Sayoko Kinoshita, 35mm, colour, 17min.43sec.)
- Selected as Excellent Film by the Ministry of Education2007.
- Has been invited by various international film festivals, including FANTOCHE2005, KROK2005, SICAF2005, LEIPZIG2005,
LAUSANNE DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2005,
I CASTELLI ANIMATI 2005, ISOLA CINEMA FESTIVAL 2006,
ZAGREB2006, TINDRINDIS 2006, CICDAF2006, ASIFA-East2006,
Dartmouth College 2006, Grand Valley State University 2006,
Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival 2007,
Nis Animation Colony 2007, ASIFA-Atlanta 2007,
ASIFA-Hungary 2008, etc.

1994 » "A LITTLE JOURNEY"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm, colour, 13min., original story, script & producer)
- Official screening, Krakow International Short Film Festival
- Selected, Ottawa International Animation Festival
- Selected, Earth Vision'94 - The Global Environmental Film Festival
- Selected, Berlin International Children's Film Festival
- Selected, Zlin International Film Festival for Children
- Recommended as Excellent Film by Japan Film Pen Club
- Recommended as Excellent Film by The Japan Film Society
- Selected as Excellent Film by the Ministry of Education
- Preserved at the Film Archive of The Japan Foundation
1993 » "THE LAST AIR RAID - KUMAGAYA"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm/videogram, colour, 28min.51sec., original story, script & producer)
- Permanent screenings at Saitama Peace Museum
- Honorary Prize, Krakow International Short Film Festival
- Selected, Annecy International Animation Festival
- Selected, CINANIMA International Animation Festival
- Official screening, Leipzig International Short Film Festival
- Official screening, Hiroshima International Animation Festival
- Selected as Excellent Film by the Ministry of Education
- Recommended as Excellent Film by Japan Film Pen Club
- Recommended as Excellent Film by The Japan Film Society
- Recommended as Excellent Film by the Ministry of Health and Welfare
1991 » "FLIP-CLIP '91"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm/videogram, colour, 3min.10sec., producer)
- Exhibited at "Illustration New Wave" held at Dentsu
1989 » "FLIP-CLIP"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm, colour, 5min.30sec., producer)
- Selected, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
- Exhibited at "Illustration New Wave" held at Dentsu
1988 » "FRAME OF MIND"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm, colour, 2min., producer)
1986 » "GEBA GEBA SHOW TIME "
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm/videogram, colour, 30min., art & animation)
- Selected, Chicago International Film Festival for Children
- Preserved at the Film Archive of The Japan Foundation
1978 » "PICA DON"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm, colour, 10min., script & animation)
- Selected, Leipzig International Festival of Short Films
- Special Prize, Annecy International Animation Festival
- Selected for Outstanding Film, London International Film Festival
- Selected, Sydney International Film Festival
- Selected, Moscow International Film Festival
- Selected for Best Film, Lucca International Animation Festival
- Selected, Los Angeles International Animation Celebration
- Official screenings at numerous int'l film festivals
- Preserved at the Film Archive of National Modern Museum of Art, Japan
- Preserved at the Film Archive of The Japan Foundation
- Preserved permanently at ASIFA Film Archive
- Included in the authorized high school textbook for Arts (since 2003)
1977 » "JAPONESE"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm, colour, 6min., script & animation)
- Honorary Prize, Leipzig International Festival of Short Films
- Selected, Annecy International Animation Festival
- Selected for Best Film, Lucca International Animation Festival
- Selected, CINANIMA International Animation Festival
- Official screenings at numerous int'l film festivals
- Preserved at the Film Archive of The Japan Foundation
- Preserved permanently at ASIFA Film Archive
1972 » "MADE IN JAPAN"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm, colour, 9min., script & animation)
- Grand Prix, New York International Animation Festival
- Official screenings at numerous int'l film festivals
- Preserved at the Film Archive of The Japan Foundation
- Preserved permanently at ASIFA Film Archive
1971 » "WHAT ON EARTH IS HE?"
(by Renzo Kinoshita, 35mm, colour, 3min.40sec., script & animation)
- selected, Sogetsu Animation Festival in Tokyo

RYUKYU OKOKU – MADE IN OKINAWA

RYUKYU OKOKU
– MADE IN OKINAWA

PICA DON

PICA DON

MADE IN JAPAN

MADE IN JAPAN