Rotterdam Votes for the 2021 Audience Award

After four days packed with film screenings in Rotterdam, Ushiku from director Thomas ASH tops the Audience Award rankings. Using a hidden camera, ASH interviewed inmates at the Ushiku immigration centre near Tokyo about their treatment and Japan’s uncompromising refugee policy on the eve of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The top ten titles so far are:

1. Ushiku
2. Junk Head
3. Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes + Echoes of a Bridge
4. Under the Open Sky
5. 461 Days of Bento: A Promise Between Father and Son
6. Love, Life and Goldfish
7. The Fable: The Killer Who Doesn’t Kill
8. It’s a Summer Film + Major Tom
9. Pompo the Cinephile
10. Bound

Seven of these films will still screen at LAB111 in Amsterdam (30 September – 3 October). The winner of the CAMERA JAPAN Audience Award will be announced once audiences in Amsterdam have had their say. Stay tuned!