Japanese filmmaker Hayato Sakuta is to take part in a five-day immersion program in Los Angeles after winning first prize at the Digital Hollywood University, a one-day educational event organized in Tokyo by the Motion Picture Association.

Sakuta pitched “Virgin Mafia,” a film project about a gangster whose every attempt to lose his virginity is sabotaged.

The project was selected as the winner by MPA chairman Chris Dodd and British film producer and educator David Puttnam, who were both in Tokyo for the occasion.

Eriko Kyoso’s “Exchange Mothers” project, in which two women swap lives in order to find out what they really want from life, was given a ‘President’s Special Recognition Prize.’ Kyoso will be flown to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia in December for meetings with filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region.

“The MPA is playing an important role in contributing to the development of screen communities across Asia and this will pay dividends in the future, not only for the talented filmmakers attending the event, but also for our increasingly internationalized film industry, said Puttnam.