Director’s Biography: Akio Fujimoto

Akio Fujimoto born in 1988, in Osaka, Japan, studied family psychology in
college. After he enrolled in the Visual Arts Academy Osaka where he learned
the essence of filmmaking, he worked as selection committee chief for the
student film category at the Nara International Film Festival.
In 2013, he directed his first short, PSYCHEDELIC FAMILY”. A subtly crafted
piece based on his own experiences in a crumbling family. He moved to Tokyo
to work on his first feature, a Japan – Myanmar co-production PASSAGE OF
LIFE, which took 5 years to be completed. The film premiered at the Tokyo
International Film festival in 2017, where it was awarded Best Asian Future
Film and The Spirit of Asia Award. Since then, based in Yangon and Tokyo, he
is directing programs and documentaries for Japanese Broadcaster NHK.

His second feature film, ALONG THE SEA’s World Premiere will be at the 2020
San Sebastian Film festival, in the New Director Competition.



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