Film Programming

University of Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award

The Japanese Council of the University of Pittsburgh is excited to announce the 2022 University of Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award. Inspired by the work of Soda Kazuhiro, the award celebrates contemporary films that explore Japanese culture in Japan and around the world. Films should focus on the geographic region of Japan, although topics could include contemporary or historical cultural or social phenomena, practices, or events. The award is available to films of all lengths, from all countries, and in all languages. One film will be selected as the winning entry and screened as part of a larger event.

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SCREENSHOT: ASIA is a joint project from the Film and Media Studies Program and the Asian Studies Center that brings together students, faculty, and community members to create a shared awareness of Asian and Asian American experiences through contemporary film and media. Using film, video, and other on-screen arts, the series provides a forum to learn about Asian art, whether it is a classic work of cinema, a film by an emerging director, or a documentary addressing contemporary social concerns. 

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Every semester, Screenshot: Asia sponsors a live performance and silent film screening in a series called SCREENSHOT: SILENT ASIA. Today, artists are revisiting older films and adding new material, changing the mode of viewership (from a Nickelodeon to an art theater, for example), the format (often, from 35mm to a digital restoration), and other crucial elements. SCREENSHOT: SILENT ASIA is taking advantage of film restoration and new live performances to help Pittsburgh re-engage with old films in new ways.

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