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.
One Athlete / Athlete United
Atelier Historic Instruments
DNA / Subaru
Love Diesel, Play Stupid / Diesel
Birth / Subaru
Resonance / Subaru
Where We Begin
A Better Tomorrow
Awards & Nominations
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 QFFMesiparta, 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