Japanese producer Shozo Ichiyama’s distinguished 30-year career has seen him enable some of the biggest names in international cinema: Takeshi Kitano, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Samira Makhmalbaf and, most notably, Jia Zhangke. Having begun his career at the Shochiku studio, he quickly sought ways to broaden his horizons and to champion independent and creative voices, working alongside international filmmakers and those in Japan.
He has long been an advocate of new talent, which he has increasingly sought to promote as his own career and reputation have expanded. His determination to encourage new voices led him to launch the Tokyo Filmex festival in 2000. He is currently collaborating on his first project from Singapore.
Ichiyama will be discussing aspects of his career, such as working with notable directors, international coproduction, finding new directors and selecting projects he believes in. What does he value in new directors? What areas should aspiring filmmakers focus on? And what is the future of independent production?
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1 Dec, Tue | 7pm
Founder and director of Tokyo Filmex, Shozo Ichiyama is known for the many award-winning films he has produced. He is the head mentor for this year’s Southeast Asian Film Lab