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The Japan Film Festival – Los Angeles kicks off with its fundraising Hollywood Talk Series this coming weekend April 14, 2018 with ‘Behind the Previsualization with Hiroshi Mori,’ a previsualization artist. Pre-visualization refers to the step often before production that allows visualization of the planned scenes, camera placements and editing, animation, etc in a work. The talk will be moderated by Emmy award-winning art director Chikako Suzuki.

General admission is $20 ($15 for students with ID) and includes a glass of Hillersden wine and appetizers. All proceedings will go towards the film festival.

Space is limited, so RSVP to jffla2018@gmail.com with your name, phone number, and number of people attending now!

Mori has worked on popular theatrical films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Men in Black 3, The Avengers, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, A Christmas Carol, Surf’s Up, and many more. His first major animation project was the Final Fantasy movie. He is also one of the founders of The Third Floor previz studio, the studio that created the previs and storyboards for recently released film Ready Player One.

Japan Film Festival – Los Angeles started as the Chanoma Film Festival in 2003. “Chanoma” refers to “a family gathering place in the living room,” and following this theme, the festival showcased “heart-warming films that portray the everyday life of a Japanese family.” However, the festival has since evolved to include a wider range of genres for broader audiences.

The film festival is dedicated to strengthening the understanding of Japanese culture for audiences in Los Angeles and promote cultural exchange.

For filmmakers, the festival is accepting film submissions until May 15th.

The actual film festival will take place this coming August 18th-19th at the Japanese American National Museum.

For more information on the festival, check out: https://www.jffla.org/about/