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. 

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COMMERCIAL REEL

FILMS

TSUYAKO 

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WHERE WE BEGIN

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A BETTER TOMORROW

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COMMERCIALS

ONE ATHLETE

ATHLETE UNITED

ATELIER HISTORIC INSTURMENTS

DNA

SUBARU

LOVE DIESEL, PLAY STUPID

DIESEL

BIRTH

SUBARU

RESONANCE

SUBARU

AWARDS AND NOMINATIOS

Best International Short Film (Oscar Qualified for 2013, BAFTA & BIFA Recognized for 2013)
Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland 2011
Best International Short Film (Oscar Qualified for 2012)
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Best Short Film / AT &T Audience Award
Frameline 36 / San Francisco International LGTB Film Festival
Best International Short Film
Zinegoak 2012, Spain
Best Short Film & Best Screenplay
Social World Film Festival, Italy
Grand Jury Prize
USN EXPO/Sardinia Short Film Festival, Spain
Best Short Film
Albuquerque Film Festival
Best Live Action Short Film
Provincetown International Film Festival
Best Short Film / Audience Award
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
Best LGTB Short Film
36th Cleveland International Film Festival
Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Actress
Silicon Valley Film Festival
Best Foreign Film
Lady's Filmmaker Festival
Best Foreign Drama/Narrative Award
London Lesbian Film Festival, Canada
Best Student Award 2012
Roze Filmdagen - 15th Amsterdam GLTBFF
Best Short Film
17th Seattle LGTB Film Festival
Best Short Film
21st Outrageous Santa Barbra LGTB Film Festival
Best Short Film
Long Beach QFilm Festival
Best Short Film - Artistic Merit Award
Don Thompson Film Festival
Best Women's Short
Tampa LGTB Fim Festival
Special Mention of the Jury Award
QFF
Mesiparta, Prague, Check Republic
3rd Place
Zubroffka International Short Film Festival
Best Female Director
DGA Student Award
Future Filmmaker Award & Runner-Up Audience Award
Palm Springs International ShortFest
Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Best Director
Silicon Valley Film Festival
Emerging Director Award

Tampa LGTB Fim Festival
Honorable Mention Award - In recognition Excellence in Filmmaking
Evolution International Film Festival, Spain
Audience Award
Palm Springs International ShortFest – Runner-Up Audience Award
Outfest

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Japan
Hawaii International Film Festival
Roze Filmdagen - 15th Amsterdam GLTBFF, Holland
Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia
Trino LGTB Film Festival, Italy
Tokyo International LGTB FF, Japan
18th Philadelphia QFest 
Fresno Reel Pride GLTB FF 
10th Southwest LGTB Fim Festival 
Reel Q, 27th Pittsburgh LGTB Fim Festival
25th Out on Film Festival
Pensacola LGTBFF 
Puerto Rico LGTBFF
Don Thompson FF
Nominee for the Best International Short Film
Iris Prize Festival
Nominee for the Best Director
Fargo Film Festival