Animation filmmaker Koji Yamamura is arguably the greatest short-form, auteur animator in Japan today. He is certainly the most internationally successful. Yamamuras’s animated worlds are in constant flux, characterised by dazzling visual images that shift and change in the blink of an eye.
Over the past decade, his work has been critically acclaimed around the world. His 2002 animated short ‘Mount Head’ was nominated for an Oscar and won top prizes at major animation festivals around the world including Annecy in 2003 and Zagreb and Hiroshima in 2004. His films have been awarded more than 60 international prizes and retrospective screenings have been held all over the world. Join the inventive creator of more than 20 short films in this fascinating exploration of his artistic process that will both surprise and inspire.
Please note: You do not have to be a practising animator or filmmaker to attend this masterclass. This is not a practical workshop. Numbers are strictly limited.
Special thanks to the Japan Foundation
Book tickets Cost: £25 full / £20 concession
Koji Yamamura’s Biography
Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1964, Koji Yamamura began his animation career at an early age, creating his first film at just 13 years old. After graduating from his painting studies at Tokyo Zokei, he took a job as an animation background artist at Mukuno studio. He then left the studio to pursue freelance work, eventually founding his own company, Yamamura Animation, in 1993.
He has produced short animated films for children and adults, TV commercials, books and illustrations using a range of mediums and techniques, including clay, photos, coloured pencils and ink.