ADFEST Announces Selected Fabulous Four Directors

Fabulous Four New Directors Will Premiere Short Films of Unique and Original Interpretation of ADFEST “Transform” Theme

ADFEST today unveiled this year’s ‘Fabulous Four’ directors, who will be representing Japan, Malaysia and Australia at the Fabulous Four 2018 short film screening.

Every year, the creative festival invites emerging commercial directors to write a short film inspired by the festival’s theme. This year’s theme is ‘Transform’, and the festival received 38 entries from 12 cities across the region, which were judged by the 2018 Film Craft and New Director Jury.

The festival congratulated the individuals selected as ‘Fabulous Four’ directors which includes Haruna Kaizuka, Director from AOI Pro (Tokyo), whose short film is titled ‘Beautiful Face’; Huixin Law, Assistant Director from Reservoir World (Kuala Lumpur), whose short film is titled ‘Bird On A Wire’; Shuhei Murata, Director and Planner from Pyramid Film Quadra (Tokyo), whose short film is titled ‘Downside Up’; and Thuy Vy, DOP and Director from The Directors Group (Melbourne), whose short film is called ‘Still Life’.

Kaizuka, Law, Murata and Vy now have just weeks to cast, direct, shoot and edit their film scripts in time to premiere at the festival on Thursday, 22 March, in a session moderated by Timo Mitsuaki Otsuki, Founder and CEO, Connection in Tokyo. Otsuki is Jury President of Film Craft and New Director at ADFEST 2018.

“Fabulous Four is one of my favourite categories to judge. I was intrigued by all four scripts these directors submitted and I’m excited to see how they bring their stories to life,” said Otsuki.

Naoya Yamaguchi, Director at Hat Inc in Tokyo, was a Fabulous Four director at ADFEST 2017. He won both the Commendation and Popular Vote for his film, ‘The Dolls With Attitude’.

“Becoming a Fabulous Four director has definitely led to new opportunities. I have been invited to direct more, and made some great new contacts. And it has made me realise how important it is to make sure to get my work out into the world so that people can see it. The experience of completing this work and enjoying the recognition it has achieved has given me new confidence,” said Yamaguchi.