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Jury Selections


“SOUND & FURY” Project (MIZUSAKI Jumpei / OKAZAKI Takashi / MORIMOTO Koji / Michael ARIAS)

Video work [Japan/USA]

A music video for two of the songs in From Gas to Solid / you are my friend, an album by PLASCHG’s experimental music project SOAP & SKIN. It depicts a single day, from the tender break of dawn to the darkest night. Using the motif of diving into the water, the work is imbued with a message of saying goodbye to a life you have grown to hold dear and diving into a new reality, into a new state of being. [5 min. 26 sec.]


『SOUND & FURY』プロジェクト(水崎 淳平/岡崎 能士/森本 晃司/マイケル アリアス)


( 2020 )



MIZUSAKI specializes in a wide range of preprocessing work including planning, directing, and designing, and works mainly on music videos, the opening sequences of video games and anime, and feature-length films. His recent activities include directing the main episode of SOUND & FURY, the visual album of Grammy-winning artist Sturgill SIMPSON; inventing a media style for switching smartphone images between portrait and landscape view to add a layer of animation to the music video for Tokyo Jihen's single 3min; and other efforts to continually expand the possibilities of video. His motto is "Compromise is death." His directorial works include the feature-length film Batman Ninja and the music video Togemeku Spica on NHK's Minna no Uta.

( 2021 )



Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, 1974. Manga artist.

( 2020 )



Born in 1959 in Wakayama Prefecture. After serving as an assistant animation director for AKIRA, he directed MEMORIES (EPISODE 1) - MAGNETIC ROSE, EXTRA, Animatrix, Genius Party Beyond - Dimension Bomb #5 and the opening of SHORTPEACE. Genius Party Beyond - Dimension Bomb #5 was screened in the exhibition MOEBIUS-TRANS-FORME at the Foundation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris and during the Little Tokyo Design Week in Los Angeles. In 2011, his interactive web commercial Attraction was awarded a Silver Award in the Cyber Division at the Cannes International Creativity Festival. In 2013, he participated as animation director in A Better Tomorrow, which was part of Lexus Short Films, a hybrid multi-media production organized by LEXUS and produced by The Weinstein Company, and which premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival. In that same year, he wrote and directed Sheepman 012, his first work for the stage. In 2014, he created a 15-second teaser for the new album of the internationally acclaimed instrumental post-rock band MONO.

( 2015 )

Michael ARIAS


|Born in Los Angeles, 1968. Film director.

( 2020 )

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