British helmer-producer Richard Jobson will lead the jury for the Skip City D-Cinema Festival, Japan’s biggest fest of digital cinema, which unspools July 15-23.
Helmer Allan Ackerman, casting director Yoko Narahashi and producer Bong-ou Lee round out the jury.
Fest, held in Kawaguchi, a city in the Tokyo metro area, also has announced its competish lineup.
The 12 entries, selected from 283 submissions from 52 countries and regions, are eligible for the grand prize, together with a cash award of ¥10 million ($87,000).
Other prizes include new director (with a cash prize of $17,400), screenplay, technology and the special jury prize. Winners in the latter three categories will each receive a cash prize of $8,700.
Eligible for the new director prize are Ahmet Ulucay, with “Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds”; Henrik Sylven for “Lovelife of a Fat Thief”; Soren Senn for “Kuss Kuss — Your Happiness Depends on Me”; Bae Youn-suk for “Do U Cry 4 Me Argentina”; Mayu Nakamura for “The Summer of Stickleback”; Alicia Scherson for “Play”; Kim Collier for “The Score”; Nicolas Van Pallandt for “Making Waves”; and Shi Chen-feng for “Good Bye My Love.”
Other competition pics are Martin Koolhoven’s “Schnitzel Paradise,” Lu Xuechang’s “The Contract” and Tomas Vorel’s “Skritek.”
The shorts competition section will unspool 11 films by young Japanese directors chosen from 301 submissions. Best picture prize will be worth $8,700 and the honorable mention gets $4,350. Jury prexy is actor Masanobu Takashima.
The opening film will be “Hanada shonenshi” (“Boy Meets Ghost”), a coming-of-age pic by Nobuo Mizuta.
Symposia, workshops and a d-cinema project presentation market are also scheduled.
Fest sponsors include the Saitama prefectural government, the city of Kawaguchi, Sony and Sony Marketing.