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MUNI Film Festival

  • Organization : JuJu Kusanagi
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single Individual
  • Art Forms : Interdisciplinary


Following 2022’s event, this was the second edition of international short film festival, MUNI Film Festival. While the theme for 2022 was “physical empathy,” the 2023 theme was “ethics.” Blue, which symbolizes trust, tranquility, and stability, was the theme color for this year.

The festival featured screenings of bold and creative experimental films of all sorts, including documentaries, art films/videos, animations and fictional works from the US, the UK, Israel, France, Palestine, and Iran.
Excitement at the festival was boosted by festival goers voting for the audience award after the screenings.

MUNI Film Festival organizers invited Dr. Lars Koens from the UK as guest for the annual artist talk, for which he conducted a talk about sound and images as well as a Q&A session with the audience.

Artistic Directors, Producers, Curators: Lisa Kusanagi, JuJu Kusanagi
Administration Assistant: Sana Yuzawa
Translators: JuJu Kusanagi, Minazo
Music Composer: Maxwell Transue
Graphic Designer: Yuta Masuda


JuJu Kusanagi
JuJu Kusanagi works on convergences between performance and visual art by anchoring sensational experiences and the embodiment of textures. She was born in Australia, studied at the Cornish College of the Arts in the United States, Beaux-Arts de Paris in France, and currently conducts her practice-based research and process-focused creation at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts.
In 2014, she co-founded an art company called Kusanagi Sisters which she co-directs with Lisa Kusanagi. The Kusanagi Sisters’ works have won many international awards and have been presented at BAFTA qualified Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York, UK), Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York, USA), REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (California, USA), JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles Marriott L.A. Live (California, USA), and Cineteca Nacional (Mexico City, Mexico) among others.


JuJu Kusanagi


J.F. Oberlin University College of Performing and Visual Arts, Machida Campus, Machida City, Tokyo