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During the 6 days of the 12th TOKYO FILMeX held from November 21-26, 2011, the filmmaker cultivation project "Talent Campus Tokyo 2011" was conducted through the supervision of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Culture Creation Project and the TOKYO FILMeX organizing committee, in cooperation with Berlinale Talent Campus.
The theme for the inaugural edition of Talent Campus Tokyo was "Beyond Borders," reflecting the rapidly changing state of filmmaking across Asia. "Beyond Borders" carries several meanings, particularly for East and Southeast Asian filmmakers. Emerging directors and producers aiming to make their mark internationally face many challenges as they deal with limited budgets and resources. These circumstances have blurred the borders between the traditional filmmaking roles of director, producer etc. Projects are often born in a very organic manner compared to the west. Despite, and in a sense thanks to, limitations there is more freedom to cross cultural and stylistic borders. This has led to an increase in Asian co-productions and films that blend elements of narrative, documentary, experimental and other elements from contemporary art forms.
Bringing together 15 upcoming promising filmmakers and producers, film experts at the forefront of cinema JIA Zhang-ke (Film Director), PARK Kiyong (Producer and Film Director), Olimpia PONT CHÁFER (Head of Sales, Coproduction Office) and Christine TRÖSTRUM (Project Manager, Berlinale Talent Campus) shared their experiences through lectures under the aforementioned theme.
Each participant had the benefit of presenting their own project. Four experts and local industry professionals analyzed each project on its various aspects, such as directing, producing and investment viability.
This talent campus aimed to inspire promising filmmakers to develop their voices and become the "Next Masters".
Outline of Talent Campus Tokyo :