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Amazon Prime Video Take One Award Finalists announced at Tokyo Film Festival


The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce the lineup of Amazon Prime Video Take One Award Finalists, whose short films will be screened, and the winner unveiled during the 34th TIFF. Amazon Prime Video, a major digital streaming service that distributes worldwide a variety of video works including excellent original content, shares TIFF’s goal of discovering new talent and is the award sponsor.

The award is for filmmakers living in Japan who have not made a commercial feature as director, writer or producer. The winning film will be determined by the judging of short film submissions under 15 minutes. The two-month submission period yielded 223 entries, with 9 films selected as finalists.

Finalists (in alphabetical order by directors' names)

The_Water_Sprite.jpg?r=AAAAj_yA4id5GpTs2lwFQjNcLVEay6kXhIVWQgThe Water Sprite by Kaneko Masakazu
In the middle of the Meiji era, Japanese painter Rogin goes on a trip to draw a bijin-ga, and he accidentally rescues a salt merchant. The salt merchant describes an out-of-this-world beauty he once loved. This is the prologue to the drama “Suiko,” a tale of humans and nature.


Sunday_Calm_sea.png?r=AAAAj_yA4id5GpTs2lwFQjNcLVEay6kXhIVWQgSunday&Calm sea by Kim Yunsoo
Akiko and Koichi decide to get divorced. Their friend Miura visits them, carrying a billiards cue. The billiards hall, a man in a red jersey, canned beer drinking and reminiscences on a Saturday night.


Kiss_Me_Through_the_Window.jpg?r=AAAAj_yA4id5GpTs2lwFQjNcLVEay6kXhIVWQgKiss Me Through the Window by Kodaka Sari
Madoka and Miharu met as neighbors and became lovers. However, due to the strict outing monitoring system, it becomes impossible to meet, even though they’re neighbors.


Birdland.jpg?r=AAAAj_yA4id5GpTs2lwFQjNcLVEay6kXhIVWQgBirdland by Kogahara Takeshi
A bedridden old man spends the day in bed. One winter night, he remembers seeing the snow fall outside the window, which was the last time he spent with his wife, who left before him.


NAGISA.jpg?r=AAAAj_yA4id5GpTs2lwFQjNcLVEay6kXhIVWQgNAGISA by Kogahara Takeshi
Two classmates, a boy and a girl. The boy repeatedly remembers what they talked about during swimming class. A story about an unforgettable time.


EVEN.jpg?r=AAAAj_yA4id5GpTs2lwFQjNcLVEay6kXhIVWQgEVEN by Miyahara Takuya
In a neo-futuristic Japan, humans are able to mass-produce clones as “commodities,” which are stripped of emotions. But one female clone living with a man starts to develop emotions and feelings…


Under the Bridge by Sangoumi Midori
Osanai Mami, who has cancer, happens to see a colleague one day. Kanda has changed completely, lost his memory and become homeless. The two, who live in such different ways, reunite overnight.


<img width="150" height="150" data-cke-saved-src="" src="" align="right" hspace="2" vspace="2" style="max-width: 100%;margin-bottom: 2px;margin-left:2px;margin-right:2px;margin-top:2px" '="" class="flexible" v:shapes="_x0000_s1034">Necessary and Unnecessary by Setsuda Tomoichiro
The world is made of essentials and non-essentials. However, the more essential a thing is, the more we can’t have it. Instead, we carry unnecessary burdens, just like Satomi. At such a time, her brother comes back as a sister.


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34th Tokyo International Film Festival
Date: October 30 (Sat) – November 8 (Mon), 2021
Venues: Hibiya-Yurakucho-Ginza area

Market: TIFFCOM 2021 November 1 (Mon) – 3 (Wed) 


34th Tokyo International Film Festival: Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2021

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Tel: 81-3-6226-3012; email:

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About Tokyo International Film Festival

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