Introduction of this year’s juries.

2018 Jury

Jury President / Daihachi Yoshida Film Director Daihachi Yoshida was born in 1963 in Kagoshima, Japan. After graduating from university he started his career as a commercial director and filmed a number of short films including Every Boy Loves Airplanes, and Mitsuwa. In 2007, he was invited by the 60th Cannes International Film Festival Critics Week Program with his first feature film, Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!. Later, he won the Best Film Award and Best Director Award with The Kirishima Thing (2012) at the 36th Annual Japan Academy Awards. On its 38th edition, he was nominated for the Best Director Award for Pale Moon (2014).
His other films include The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio (2009), Permanent Nobara(2010), and A Beautiful Star (2017). His newest film The Scythian Lamb (2018) won the Kim Ji-seok Award at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.
Kundo Koyama Television and Radio Composer/Scriptwriter
Rika Shiiki President and CEO of AMF Inc. Rika Shiiki was born in 1997 in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. When she was in the ninth grade, she founded AMF. She is studying literature at Keio University, and is one of the 80 leading high school and junior high school students who is part of “JCJK Researchers”. They work in marketing research and offer advice to national clients. Not only is she an entrepreneur, but she also appears in various media publications as a representative of the young generation.
Takuma Takasaki Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Inc. Takuma Takasaki is Executive Creative Director at Dentsu. He has been named the prestigious Creative Person of the Year by the Japan Advertising Agencies Association twice in 2010 and 2013. His work crosses the borders of advertising and has been recognized at Cannes Lions, One Show, ADC of New York among many other awards. Under his leadership, his teams have created extremely successful campaigns for clients such as Suntory, East Japan Railway Company, and Toyota. He is the author of two books, as well as the scriptwriter for the movie ‘Honokaa Boy’(2009), and a Japanese TV drama series.
Fumitaka Takano Creative Director/Communication Architect, ADK Tokyo Since Fumitaka Takano joined ADK Tokyo, he has been involved in numerous campaigns for major brands such a Toyota, Air New Zealand, Ikea, Mondelez and many others. As a creative director and a communication architect, that builds the entire campaign from strategic planning through creative execution, Fumitaka is integrating film, interactive, branded content and PR into campaigns that produce results. In 2014, he made up digital creative team ‘NOIMAN’ within ADK Tokyo pursuing innovative approaches. Fumitaka’s work has been recognized at the Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, The One Show, New York Festivals, Adfest and so on. He has also served on the Cyber jury of Cannes Lions 2016, Promo & Activation jury of Cannes Lions 2014. His original short film ‘Kakuzato’ was screened in Japan & Asia selection at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2012.
Morihiko Hasebe Executive Creative Director, Hakuhodo Inc. After graduating from Gakushuin University in 1986, Morihiko Hasebe began working for Hakuhodo Inc. as copy writer and CM planner. As Creative Director, he has created world-wide promotional campaigns and has served on the jury for Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, AdFest, One Show, D&AD, Dubai Lynx, and AD STARS. He directed his 1st theatrical release film in 2014 which won awards at festivals around the world including the Canada International Film Festival.
Chie Morimoto Communication Director/Art Director Chie Morimoto is the President of goen°, a Communication Director, Art Director, as well as a visiting professor at Musashino Art University. After graduating from Musashino Art University in 1999, Chie started her career at Hakuhodo Inc. She became the youngest ADC member in 2006, and in 2007, she founded goen°. Her works are very diverse, including various NHK TV series such as “Gou”, “Teppan” and “Hanbun aoi”, as well as corporate advertisements for Canon, KIRIN, art works for musicians such as Yumi Matsutoya and Mr.Children, art direction in various films and stage plays, and spatial direction in zoos and kindergartens. Chie was awarded her first Grand Prix at the ADC Award with Suntory’s commercial “Uta no rire- (Singing Relay)” in 2011. She has also received the Itami Juzo Award, the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, Nikkei Woman of the Year 2012 and many more.
Show Yanagisawa Film Director Born in 1982, Show Yanagisawa graduated from Tama Art University majoring in oil painting. He is being represented by THE DIRECTORS GUILD of Japan. He consecutively received Gold awards at The One Show, Cannes Lions and Clio Awards with “High School Girl?” (SHISEDO) in 2016 and “Gravity Cat” (SIE) in 2017. Among the numerous awards, he also won the Grand Prix for Film competition at ADFEST. Internationally, he is represented by PRETTY BIRD (US), BLINK (UK), and INSURRECTION (FRANCE).
Ū-ki Yamato Film Director Ū-ki Yamato received the Japan FIlm Professional Award for Best New Director in 2015. In 2016, she has been directing music videos for various artists such as idol group Nogizaka 46, Little Glee Monster and RADWIMPS, along with her secdond feature "Drowning Love," released nationwide led exceptional result. She has been also directing some branded movies for BOURBON and Kanebo.