Kyoko is a Peabody award winning filmmaker from Japan.
Her latest documentary film, Tokyo Idols, is premiering in World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her documentary Brakeless was supported by BBC / ITVS / IKON / NHK / DR and won the prestigious Peabody Award 2014 after airing to great acclaim on BBC and PBS. Kyoko’s first feature-length documentary, My Atomic Aunt (aka Beyond the Wave) was internationally coproduced by broadcasters including BBC, NHK and WDR and supported by numerous grants such as Sundance. It has been screened at festivals across the world, winning Gold Plaque at Chicago International Film Festival.
Kyoko is currently developing her first feature film, Femme Fatale, with Freddy Olsson (Sweden) and Guillaume de Seille (France). The project has been selected by Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation for L’Atelier which selects 15 projects from promising young directors from all over the world.
Several short documentaries Kyoko directed have been shown at festivals internationally including Berlin, London, Sydney and SilverDocs. Hackney Lullabies won the Berlin Today Award 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival. Mrs. Birks’ Sunday Roast, commissioned through Film London’s scheme has been added to the British Film Institute’s National Archive collection, and enjoyed a successful 2-week run at the IFC Center New York in 2011. Kyoko has been selected for prestigious schemes such as Berlinale Talent Campus, Japanese government’s Artists Grant, Talent Campus Tokyo, Crossing Borders, Documentary Campus, and Pola Art Foundation Grant.
Kyoko left Japan to study history of English witchcraft at Oxford as a Swire Centenary Scholar, having studied English history at Tokyo University. While studying and working for British and Japanese media, she picked up a camera to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker and started to make short films on her own.