Biography

Yuka Sato is a Japanese filmmaker based in Tokyo.

She has created short films since 2014. Her films focus on the life of women and have been shown inside and outside of Japan at venues such as the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the International Short Film Festival of Oberhausen and many others.

She began curating films in 2019. Her curated collections include the Place M Film Festival (2019 and 2021, Tokyo), and dv_vd: Crossing Boundaries Between Photo and Film (2021, Montreal).

In 2021 she held a solo photo exhibition of her work "Birthday".

 

佐藤優香。2014年より映像制作を開始。女性の生き方に焦点を当てた作品群は、エジンバラ国際映画祭、オーバーハウゼン国際短編映画祭ほか、国内外で多数上映されている。

また、2019年に映像のキュレーション活動を開始。主な企画にPlace M Film Festival (2019年、2021年・東京)、 dv_vd  Crossing Boundaries Between Photo and Film (2021年・モントリオール)   などがある。

2021年には写真展「Birthday」を開催。

Contribution:

"Examining the social distortion caused by gender bias through films; What's the role of media?" 

"ジェンダーバイアスによる社会の歪みを映像から探る 〜 メディアの役割とは"

This video essay is a contribution to the 4th Futures of Media conference on "Media Power" (held virtually from 21-22 January 2022).

第4回 Futures of Mediaカンファレンス「Media Power」(2022年1月21日~22日オンライン開催)に寄稿。

 

Solo Photo exhibition:

2021 "Birthday" Gallery Place M (Tokyo, Japan ) October 18-24 Installation views

Selected screenings:

2021 "Birthday" Festival Tous Courts (Aix-en-Provence, France) November 30-December4*

2021 "Dialogue" Cinema of the Self: Personal Documentary in Japan at CloseUp (London, UK) November 14

2021 "Dialogue" Cellu l'art film festival Jena (Jena, Germany) October 19-24

2021 "Birthday" Tranås at the Fringe (Tranås, Sweden) October 16-24*

2021 "Birthday" Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, Greece) --- ONLINE  September 20-October 31

---  PHYSICAL  October 13-17 *

2021 "Birthday" Split Film Festival / International Festival of New Film (Split, Croatia) Septembre 15-21*

2021 "Birthday" Festival Courts d'unsoir (Montréal, Canada)  Septembre 1-6*

2021 "Birthday" San Giò Verona Video Festival (Verona, Italy)  July 23-27

2021 "Birthday" Festival OODAAQ (Rennes, France)  June 9, 11, 12 & 13*

2021 "Numb" Festival OODAAQ retrospective (Rennes, France)  from May 21to 30*

2021 "Birthday" Traverse Vidéo (Toulouse, France)  May 20*

2021 "Birthday" Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Oberhausen, Germany)  May 2*

2021 "Birthday" Festival de films féministes - Filministes  (Montreal, Canada)  March 4-12*

2020 "Camouflage" Saigon Experimental Film Festival  (Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam)  November 20&21*

2020 "Dialogue" Cinema On The Bayou  (Lafayette, USA) January 24*

2019 "Dialogue" KLEX Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival  (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) December 6*

2019 "Dialogue" Loop Discover Award -  preselected  (Barcelona, Germany) from September 10 to October 10*

2019 "Dialogue" International Festival Signes de Nuit (Paris, France) October 9*

2019 "Dialogue" Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival  (London, UK)  September 21

2019 "Dialogue" Hamburg International Short Film Festival - Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany)  June 5 & 7*

2019 "Camouflage" Times Museum (Guangzhou, China)  May18

2019 "Camouflage" Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival  (Hawick, Scotland)  May 4 & 5*

2019 "Dialogue" Festival Oodaaq (Saint-Malo, France)  April 24-27*

2019 "Camouflage" Experiments in Cinema (Alburquerque, USA) April 17 *

2019 "Camouflage" International Short Film Week Regensburg  (Regensburg, Germany) March 15 

2019 "Camouflage" The festival Revolution per Minute  (Boston, USA) February 3 *

2019 "Camouflage" Cinema On The Bayou  (Lafayette, USA) January 25*

2018 "Camouflage" The festival Revolution per Minute preview program  (Beijing, China) December 6 *
2018 "Camouflage" Call Again (Toronto, Canada) December 7
2018 "Camouflage" KLEX Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival  (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) November 24 *
2018 "Camouflage" La Maison d'Haiti's Art centre (Montreal, Canada) November 28 *
2018 "In the Room" Bali International Short Film Festival (Bali, Indonesia) October 9 & 10 & 12
2018 "Camouflage" Beijing International Short Film Festival (Beijing, China) September 16 &18 & 22 
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2018 "In the Room" Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival (Hamilton, Canada) August 9
2018 "In the Room"
ACC Asia Culture Center Cinematheque Opening Program: Cine Commune (Gwangju, Korea) July 29
2018 "Dialogue" Edinburgh International Film Festival  (Edinburgh, Scotland) June 24 & 30
2018 "NUMB" Festival Oodaaq (Rennes  Saint-Malo, France) May 19  &30
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2018 "Camouflage" Cinéma la Strada (Decazeville, France) April 12*
2018 "Camouflage" Festival Traverse Video (Toulouse, France) March 7 - 11*
2018 "NUMB" Cinéma on the Bayou (Lafayette, USA) January 27 *
2017 "In the Room" Eastern Bloc (Montreal, Canada) December 8 *
2017 "NUMB" Instants vidéos (Marseille, France) November 21 *
2017 "Camouflage" Cork Film Festival (Cork, Ireland) November 16
2017 "In the Room" Biennale Art Video Rennes projection Multiformes (Rennes, France) October 9 
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2017 "Camouflage" Bali International Short Film Festival (Bali, Indonesia) October 8
2017 "NUMB" Bideodromo International Experimental Film and Video Festival (Bilbao, Spain) September 15 
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2017 "NUMB" Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival (Hamilton, Canada) August 10 *
2017 "Camouflage" Edinburgh International Film Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland) June 27, July 1
2017 "Camouflage" Image Forum Festival (Tokyo Yokohama Kyoto Nagoya Fukuoka, Japan) May 2 & 4& 16, June 2 & 21
2017 "NUMB" 20minmax (Ingolstadt, Germany) May 28 
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2017 "NUMB" Festival Traverse Video (Toulouse, France) March 9 *
2016 "NUMB" EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul (Korea) July 10
2016 "NUMB" Edinburgh International Film Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland) June 20 & 21

2016 "In the Room" Recollecting the days and moments: Japanese Experimental Cinema (Amherst, USA) February 10
2015 "In the Room" Singapore International Film Festival (Singapore) December 1
2015 "In the Room" Image Forum Festival (Tokyo Yokohama Kyoto Nagoya Fukuoka, Japan) Excellence award  May 1 & 4 & 20, June 5&24 
2014 "In the Room" International Students Creative Award (Osaka, Japan) Grand prize  - selected by Toshio Matsumoto  November 21

* Distribution by Vidéographe

Articles:

Interview by Yap Khai Qing "‘Short, but deep’: Interview with Japanese filmmaker and curator Yuka Sato", May, 2021

Sakuma, Yoshio. "対話と名づけられたモノローグ" May, 2021

Heidingsfelder, Markus. "Online Film Festival: Place M 2021, 3/19(Fri) – 22(Mon)", http://www.markusheidingsfelder.deMarch, 2021

Crosthwait, George. "(re)Learning to talk with DIALOGUE", Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival, September, 2019

Linnarz, Rouven. "Short Film Review: DIALOGUE (2018) by Yuka Sato", Asian Movie Pulse, September 20, 2019.

Young, Neil. "The houses we were, the cities we are", Modern Times Review, November 24, 2018.
https://www.jigsawlounge.co.uk/film/reviews/nytidoct2018/