Yamagata Dojor

Yamagata Documentary Dojo 2018


山形市がユネスコ創造都市ネットワークに「映画都市」として加盟したことを機に、2018年にアーティスト・イン・レジデンス(AIR)事業を開始する。アジアの映像作家が山形の蔵王温泉に4週間滞在し、製作中の作品に磨きをかけ、深めるプログラムが実施される。期間中、参加者たちは小中学校での授業やフィルムライブラリーで上映会などを通して市民と交流を楽しみ、日本の映像制作者と講師を交えた3泊4日のワークショップも開催される。詳細については https://www.facebook.com/docdreamcenter/ まで。

助成:国際交流基金アジアセンター アジア・文化創造協働助成 ほか
協力:蔵王温泉観光協会、笹川平和財団、Tokyo Docs、山形国際ドキュメンタリー映画祭、蔵王ロープウェイ、シネマトリックスほか

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Yamagata Documentary Dojo 2018
Retreat in a foreign destination
Time away from the daily grind
Refresh perspectives and focus anew
Japanese master filmmaker Ozu Yasujiro wrote many of his successful scripts including Tokyo Story by spending months at a time in a seaside inn with his scriptwriter (and hundreds of bottles of sake). For documentarians, a compatibly important creative process in filmmaking would be the rough-cut editing stage, when constructing the film with assembled footage. Particularly in the digital era when filmmakers research, shoot, and edit their films by themselves, it is easy to lose perspective from the themes and materials they are so closely attached and enmeshed in.
The Yamagata Documentary Dojo is a 4-week filmmaker-in-residence program hosted by the city of Yamagata, in northern Japan. In the fall of 2018, two teams of two filmmakers working on Southeast Asian documentary projects (director-and-editor or director-and-producer teams) will be invited to reside in a lakeside inn in the mountainous hot spring spa of Zao. The filmmakers are expected to arrive with all their footage and a rough-cut film. They shall use the retreat as an opportunity to open their minds in order to review their work from new perspectives. They will be provided with access to 15,000 documentary titles in the Yamagata Documentary Library for reference and ideas, with curators on hand for discussion
After a period of settling in, the program will kick off with a 3-day workshop which brings the participants together with five Japanese filmmakers and six international professional mentors. The workshop will consist of masterclasses, group discussions, and project mentorship. The group will stay together in Zao, isolated from the bustle of the city. After the workshop, the international mentors will stay on for four more days to work with the Southeast Asian teams.
During the rest of the residency, the filmmakers will be taking part in activities with Yamagata citizens. For example, meetings with local artists and musicians, public screenings of the filmmakers’ previous films, and workshops with students in local elementary and middle schools.
At the end of the residency, the filmmakers will take part in a public wrap-up presentation in Tokyo.
Dates are Oct 24 to Nov 19. The workshop will be Oct 26 to 29.
The accommodations (Matsukaneya Annex):
The hot spring resort area (Zao Onsen):
Some key words:
・Dōjō: A dojo is originally a hall or space for immersive learning in the martial arts or meditation. The term consists of two characters which mean “the Place” and “the Way” in Japanese.
・YIDFF: Yamagata is where the biennial Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) has taken place since 1989. The oldest documentary film festival in Asia, it has historically served as the site for nurturing and inspiring Asian artists. It is highly acclaimed for its integrity and seriousness of purpose. Praised and trusted by world-renowned filmmakers, its history shows programming committed to representing the diversity of film cultures and serving as a place for meaningful exchange. The next edition is October 2019.
・Yamagata is a City of Film, as designated by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Yamagata Documentary Dojo 2018
Presented by: Documentary Dream Center and Yamagata Creative City Promotion Council
Funded by: Japan Foundation Asia Center
Support from: Zao Onsen Tourism Association, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo Docs, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Cinematrix
For inquiries contact:
Documentary Dream Center
6F Daisan Yamada Bldg. 22 Aizumicho,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0005 JAPAN
TEL +81 3 5362 0672 / info@ddcenter.org

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