Originally from Osaka Japan, HIKARI, also as known as Mitsuyo Miyazaki is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. Her debut short film Tsuyako (Drama, 2011, USC Thesis Film) visited over 100 film festivals worldwide receiving over 50 awards including DGA Student Award for the Best Female Filmmaker, Future Filmmakers Award and Audience Award at Palm Springs International Shortfest, and Grand Jury Prizes at Oscar qualified film festivals.
Her credits include Lexus Short Film’s A Better Tomorrow (Fantasy Adventure, Live action/Animation, 2013) produced by The Weinstein Company, Can & Sulochan (Comedy, 2014), a dance film Where We Begin (Drama, 2015) which premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, and Subaru’s Dramatic Cinema Series – commercials and short films that features Subaru’s old to the latest models. In 2016, she had participated in Sundance Institute/NHK Screenwriting workshop in Tokyo, Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab and Directing Lab 2017 with her first feature film Cantering. HIKARI holds an MFA in Film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.