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An award-winning female filmmaker born and raised in Japan, Akiko Izumitani directed several film projects for her production company, Athena Productions LLC.
After Akiko graduated from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Akiko first earned recognition through her feature length documentary, "Silent Shame", an in-depth exploration into Japan's dark history in WWII. "Silent Shame" won numerous awards worldwide, including Best Feature in the Beijing Movie Festival. “Silent Shame” has been sold to China and Denmark and several universities in Asia and Canada.
Akiko also directed "Sukiyaki with Love" (Semi-Finalist of NBCUniversal Shortcuts) and "Kung Fu Date,” which won the Remi Award at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival. Her action short film, “The Other Side” won The Best Short Film in Sacramento Asian Film Festival and ECA Award by ICG and screened at DGA in front of all ICG members.
Akiko was selected as one of the top rising Asian American filmmakers in 2013.
She was a semi-finalist of NBC Female Forward (Top 20 out of 1000), a semi-finalist of Sony Director's Program (Top 25 out of 250), a semi-finalist of ABC Director's Program, and a semi-finalist of NBC Universal Shortcuts alongside Steven Caple Jr. who directed Creed II.
She was also in a slate of episodic directors for AMC’s The Terror, Season 2.
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