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Winners of the Grand Prizes for the 28th JVC Tokyo Video Festival 'TVF 2006' Selected

Japanese and Korean entrants take the two grand prizes (February 20, 2006)

The 28th JVC Tokyo Video Festival "TVF 2006", hosted by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) attracted a total of 2,291 entries from 35 countries and regions around the world (910 entries from Japan; 1,381 from overseas). The judges selected 30 works to receive the Excellence Award, 70 works to receive the Selected Work, and, after a final round of judging, one work to receive the Video Grand Prize and one work to receive the JVC Grand Prize. This year's two Grand Prizes were awarded to a Japanese entrant and a Korean entrant, both in their early 20s.

The Video Grand Prize was awarded to Ms. Sawako Nakai (age 23; Nara Prefecture, Japan) for her work Fledge. The work focuses on the lifestyle of a friend of the author's who became a mother while still at high school, and centers on videoed interviews of the subject. The subject and the author come together to speak to the viewer. In his comments, contest judge Isao Takahata had high praise for the work: "the existence of her supporters who warmly surrounded her was felt, so the whole product matched the Japanese title, Hagukumu (Fledge)."

The JVC Grand Prize was awarded to Mr. Ji Seung Woo (age 24; Korea) for his work Family. The work is a documentary depicting two days in the life of an elderly woman living alone in the country, whose children and their families come and stay at her house to help her make kimchi pickles. The range of feelings of which the actions of and casual conversations between parent and children afford occasional glimpses is expressed with extraordinary production skill. Among other things, the judges' comments praised the work for "an excellent point of this video that, in these scenes of daily life of family members, the reality of South Korea can be seen." (Hakudo Kobayashi).


The People Award was awarded to three works selected by members of the general public voting over the Internet: Lemon by Ms. Ruma Yuri Akizuki Matsubara (age 15; Hyogo Prefecture, Japan), Fledge by Ms. Sawako Nakai and "Mei" Climbing a Valley by Mr. Toyofumi Uetake (age 40; Chiba Prefecture, Japan).


Outline of Tokyo Video Festival
Since 1978, JVC has annually hosted the "Tokyo Video Festival" to popularize "video-making" which increases the possibilities of recording, message transmissions, and free expressions with videos.

The festival is open to professionals, amateurs, individuals, and groups of any nationality and ages. Video compositions must be produced with a video camera. Playback time must not exceed 20 minutes. Any subject matter is acceptable.


"TVF 2006" Award
Video Grand Prize (1 work): 500,000 yen (prize money for "Excellence Award" included); a JVC 3CCD hard disk camcorder, a TVF trophy, and a citation

JVC Grand Prize (1 work): 400,000 yen (prize money for "Excellence Award" included); a JVC 3CCD hard disk camcorder, a TVF trophy, and a citation

Excellence Award (30 works): Prize money: 100,000 yen, citation, and plaque

People's Award (3 works): Plaque

Selected Work (70 works): Citation and plaque

Judges: Nobuhiko Obayashi, Film Director; Hakudo Kobayashi, Video Artist and Professor of Seian University of Art and Design; Hiroaki Sato, Video Artist and a teacher at Nippon Engineering College; Makoto Shiina, Novelist; Isao Takahata, Animation Film Director; Susumu Hani, Film Director; and Masanori Kitami, General Manager, Consumer Strategic Marketing


Trends and topics of awards-winning works in TVF 2006
1. Winner of the Video Grand Prize: Fledge in which subject and author come together to convey the message of the work Fledge by Sawako Nakai, which received the Video Grand Prize, is a documentary focusing on the lifestyle of a friend of the author's who became a mother while still at high school, through interviews with the subject. Through the complex emotions she experiences from the time she becomes pregnant, through childbirth and divorce, and her busy life raising a child, it depicts the process by which the friend comes to stand on her own two feet as a single mother. The author and the subject, her friend, come together to put across the message of the work in a straightforward yet earnest manner.

Hailed by the judges - "This video tackles a modern theme straightforwardly and lightly, thereby conveying the life of a neighbor who is annoyed but in high spirits, using a method that is not intrusive, but is profound." (Makoto Shiina) "The existence of her supporters who warmly surrounded her was felt, so the whole product matched the Japanese title, Hagukumu (Fledge). The producer of the film, who was a friend of the heroine, was also one of her supporters. Probably because the producer kept a close eye on the two, this wonderful sense of stability was created."(Isao Takahata)

2. A large number of prizes awarded to works that question what a family should be, including Family, winner of the JVC Grand Prize

This year, a large number of prizes were awarded to works that question what a "family" should be from the viewpoint of their authors. Family by Ji Seung Woo, winner of the JVC Grand Prize, is a documentary depicting two days in the life of an elderly woman who, since the death of her husband, has continued to live alone in the country relying on no-one, and of her son and daughter and their families, who come home to help in the making of kimchi pickles, a tradition that involves the whole family. The feelings experienced by parent and children in the course of conversations that, at first, might appear casual, are expressed with outstanding production skill. The work is also remarkable for the skill of its visual expression, with casual but calculated camera work and clever scene composition.

Other entries depicting their authors' views on "family" in different ways included "Mei" Climbing a Valley by Toyofumi Uetake, a winner of the Excellence Award, which shows the author's daughter struggling to climb up a stream, a "rite of passage" set by her father, Noodle Recipe as a Family Treasure by Harue Miyazawa (age 22; Nagano Prefecture, Japan), in which all the members of a family work together to make the "family treasure" - a secret recipe for soup for ramen noodles left to them by the grandfather, another winner of the Excellence Award, and Family Table by the Nippon Engineering College Project A team (Tokyo), a winner of the Selected Work, an art video in which the savage depiction of the dinner table hints at the imminent collapse of the family.
 

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