Aya Igashi

Born in Hokkaido in 1996. Learned filmmaking and writing at Toho Gakuen Film Techniques Training College in Tokyo. In 2016, she directed Tokeru, a medium-length graduation project film, which has captured the spotlight at from independent to major film festivals across Japan. On the recommendation of Naomi Kawase, who is known for her films such as The Mourning Forest, the film was officially nominated for Cinéfondation of the 70th Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

Previous film『TOKERU』



【Awards Received】
・28th Tokyo Students Film Festival second prize
・38th PIA Film Festival PFF Award Competiton 2016 SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
・4th Nara International Film Festival  NARA-wave  Golden KOJIKA Award (Student Film Competition first prize)
・YOKOHAMA Independent Film Festival Jack and Betty Award
・Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan 34th Blue Wing Award(Camera Department&Electrical Department)
・70th Festival de Cannnes CINÉFONDATION  Nominate

A couple is flirting in the classroom. Sitting on the other’s lap, kissing… Mako sits looking disgruntled. She leaves the classroom, passes through a path between paddy fields in the countryside, and arrives at a river. She then jumps into the river from the bridge still in uniform.