Youth Jury Award to Melancholic by TANAKA Seiji

For the first time in its history, CAMERA JAPAN Festival invited seven young film lovers to form a Youth Jury. After watching six films in four days, all made by directors under the age of 35, the jury awarded their prize to Melancholic by TANAKA Seiji.

Melancholic revolves around a university graduate who lands himself a simple job at a local bathhouse. His life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers that during the night the bathhouse is used by the yakuza to kill off their enemies.

Director TANAKA Seiji (1987) previously won the Japanese Cinema Splash Best Director Award at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival for Melancholic, which is his first feature film.

The winner of the CAMERA JAPAN Youth Jury Award receives a €1000 cash prize to be used to develop the director’s next project.

Melancholic in Amsterdam
We will screen Melancholic one more time at Filmtheater Kriterion in Amsterdam, on Friday October 4 (21:30). To buy tickets, click here.

More about the jury
The Youth Jury members during the 14th edition of CAMERA JAPAN Festival were Shay Joemrati, Nika Limarenko, Naomi Maeda, Teddie Meijer, Kiran Paudyal, Marieke Peeters and Hannah Zambrano. Besides watching films, they participated in workshops and attended conversations with filmmakers and programmers.

The following six films were eligible for the CAMERA JAPAN Youth Award.
Astral Abnormal Suzuki-San
Orphan’s Blues
My Father, the Bride
We Are Little Zombies