7 February 2018 – ADFEST is delighted to unveil this year’s ‘Fabulous Four’ directors, who will be representing Japan, Malaysia and Australia at the Fabulous Four 2018 short film screening.
Every year, ADFEST invites emerging commercial directors to write a short film inspired by the festival’s theme. This year’s theme is ‘Transform’, and ADFEST received 38 entries from 12 cities across the region, which were judged by the 2018 Film Craft & New Director Jury.
- Haruna Kaizuka, Director from AOI Pro. Inc. (Tokyo), whose short film is titled ‘Beautiful Face’
- Huixin Law, Assistant Director from Reservoir World Sdn Bhd (Kuala Lumpur), whose short film is titled ‘Bird On A Wire’
- Shuhei Murata, Director & Planner from Pyramid Film Quadra Inc. (Tokyo), whose short film is titled ‘Downside Up’
- Thuy Vy, DOP & Director from The Directors Group (Melbourne), whose short film is called ‘Still Life’.
Kaizuka, Law, Murata and Vy now have just weeks to cast, direct, shoot and edit their film scripts in time to premiere at ADFEST 2018 on Thursday 22nd March in a session moderated by Timo Mitsuaki Otsuki, Founder and CEO, Connection in Tokyo. Otsuki is Jury President of Film Craft and New Director at ADFEST 2018.
He says: “Fabulous Four is one of my favorite categories to judge. I was intrigued by all four scripts these directors submitted and I’m excited to see how they bring their stories to life.”
Naoya Yamaguchi, Director at Hat Inc. in Tokyo, was a Fabulous Four director at ADFEST 2017. He won both the Commendation & Popular Vote for his film, ‘The Dolls With Attitude’.
“Becoming a Fabulous Four director has definitely led to new opportunities. I’ve been invited to direct more, and made some great new contacts. And it’s made me realize how important it is to make sure to get my work out into the world so that people can see it. The experience of completing this work and enjoying the recognition it has achieved has given me new confidence,” says Yamaguchi.
Don’t miss ‘The Fabulous Four 2018’ on Thursday 22nd March, 11:30am as part of the Craft@ADFEST program. ADFEST 2018 runs from 21-24 March 2018 at the PEACH Royal Cliff Resort, Pattaya, Thailand. Tickets are available via www.ADFEST.com
FABULOUS FOUR 2018 – BIOS
HARUNA KAIZUKA, Director, AOI Pro. Inc., Tokyo
Born in Saitama Prefecture, Haruna Kaizuka graduated with a degree in Oil Painting from Tokyo’s prestigious Musashino Art University, College of Art & Design. Upon graduating, she joined AOI Pro. in 2016 to fulfill her dream of becoming a film director starting as a planner and a director mainly for online films and web sites.
HUIXIN LAW, Assistant Director, Reservoir World, Kuala Lumpur
After graduating with a Bachelor in Communications from Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom, Law joined Reservoir World where her passion for filmmaking has seen her take up several positions as scriptwriter, casting director, line producer and assistant director within the company. “Bird on a Wire” will be her directorial debut, although she also played a pivotal role in a yet-to-be released feature film called ‘Guang’ as a Director’s Assistant.
SHUHEI MURATA, Planner & Director AT Pyramid Film Quadra Inc., Tokyo
Murata started his career as a TV production director in 2013 and directed a music program for one year. From here, he became a broadcast writer and wrote a lot of scripts for TV shows and Japanese comedians. Since 2015, he has worked as planer and director at Pyramid Film Quadra Inc. In 2017, his first self-produced art film was selected as a finalist of the East West Art Award London.
THUY VY, DOP & Director, The Directors Group, Melbourne
Vy was born in 1979 in Vietnam and migrated to Australia in 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia, honing his craft in stills photography before expanding into motion pictures.
He continues to develop his personal photographic works and exhibitions as well as freelancing on film and television projects.