The objectives of this project are to develop curricula geared towards training highly specialized creators from notably developing ASEAN countries within motion picture arenas in which Japan excels, such as cinema, new media and animation, and thereby contribute to fostering talent who will forge the future of film culture in those countries, and also tap potential beneficiaries of Japanese culture to promote international cultural exchange and strengthen Japan’s presence in terms of cultural transmission.
In this fiscal year, we conducted online workshops led by top practitioners from Japan who possess exceptional skills and experience in the fields of both cinema and animation, and we aimed to present a model project featuring renewed curricula to develop international talent within the context of COVID-19.
In the field of cinema, we held the ASEAN 2020 Online Digital Cinema Production Master Class and Editing Workshop online. This program consisted of lectured-based master classes and a hands-on editing workshop. Instructors included leaders in Japan in the areas of editing, cinematography, production design, sound, directing and producing. Students were recruited through the inter-university network created by Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media, as well the network of the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT). In total, 64 students (eight in the editing workshop and 58 in the master classes) participated from seven ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Myanmar).
In the field of animation, we held Animation Bootcamp 2021 ASEAN online. The program teaches the fundamentals of expression through animation with leading animators from Japan’s animation industry serving as instructors. Student recruitment was managed by Silpakorn University in Thailand, which served as administrative partner for Dispatching Experts of Pop-culture to ASEAN Countries, the precursor of the current project. A total of 20 students (15 from Thailand and five from Indonesia) participated from Thailand and Indonesia.