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Akiko Izumitani is a Japanese female director/writer born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. She is also a board member of AWD in Los Angeles.
Akiko first earned recognition through her feature-length documentary, "Silent Shame" (2010). It won numerous awards worldwide, including Best Feature in the Beijing Movie Festival.
Several years later, Akiko directed "Kung Fu Date,” which won the Remi Award at the Houston Film Festival, and "Sukiyaki with Love" (Semi-Finalist of NBCUniversal Shortcuts). Her action film, “The Other Side” won The Best Short Film at Sacramento Asian Film Festival and ECA Award by ICG and had a screening sponsored by ICG at DGA.
Akiko was a finalist of Women of Color Commercial Directing Program (Top 10 out of 100+) in 2020, a semi-finalist of NBC Female Forward (Top 20 out of 1000) in 2018, Sony Directors Program (Top 25 out of 250) in 2017, and 2019, and ABC Director's Program in 2014. She was also considered to direct AMC’s The Terror Season 2 by Scott Free. Akiko was selected as one of the top rising Asian American filmmakers in 2013.
Currently, Akiko is in post-production for Yae: The Blind Samurai Woman that became a finalist of multi screenwriting contests and is writing the feature "Blue Orchid'' which Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train, The Doorman, Azumi, and Godzilla) is attached to direct.
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