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[Japanese Female Director Awarded for the first time] Saera Jin of the L’UNION PUBLICATIONS, INC. film production department receives the Directors Award at the ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL in Croatia

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Saera Jin of the L’UNION PUBLICATIONS, INC. film production department receives the Directors Award at the ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL in Croatia

L’UNION PUBLICATIONS, INC. is proud to announce that Saera Jin, a member of our video production department, has won the Directors Award at the 8th ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL for the video “Strolling Through Tokyo: Where Ancient and Modern Meet,” which promotes tourism in Tokyo.

Laurel logo for winners of the ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL.

From the left: President of the Jury Bobby Bosko Grubic, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary Misako Kaji of the Japanese Embassy in Croatia, Director Saera Jin, and Festival Director Spomenka Saraga.

The ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL is a tourism PR film festival established in 2012 as a member film festival of The International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals, which oversees 18 film festivals promoting tourism from around the world. Outstanding movies, videos, and campaigns related to tourism promotion are selected from around the world.

More than 300 works from 41 countries were submitted for the 8th ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL this time. Saera Jin, a member of our video production department, won the Directors Award for the Tokyo tourism PR video “Strolling Through Tokyo: Where Ancient and Modern Meet,” making her the first Japanese female director to win this award.

Scene from the work.
「体味东京 漫步古今 / Strolling Through Tokyo: Where Ancient and Modern Meet」(External link)

About the Work
Chinese Title (Simplified): “体味东京 漫步古今”
(English Title: Strolling Through Tokyo: Where Ancient and Modern Meet)
Director: Saera Jin
Production: 2018 / Approx. 7 minutes / Chinese

The award-winning video, “Strolling Through Tokyo: Where Ancient and Modern Meet,” is designed to promote the attractions of Tokyo to China. It was produced by L’UNION PUBLICATIONS, INC. for the joint promotion “Tokyo Tokyo Old meets New” campaign with The Asahi Shimbun Company, Tokyo, and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, which handles Tokyo tourism PR. The work features the female entertainer, Ron Monroe, who is well known both in China and Japan. It received a total of over 2.8 million views in the first month after being released on Chinese SNS and video sites.

The award ceremony was held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the five-star Esplanade Zagreb Hotel in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, with 150 guests from around the world.
Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary Misako Kaji of the Embassy of Japan in Croatia attended to celebrate Saera Jin winning this award.

Group photo of the winners.

Award ceremony.

Director Saera Jin being awarded the trophy by festival director Spomenka Saraga.
Ambassadors from various countries attended including the Ambassadors of Spain, Turkey, and Azerbaijan to Croatia.

About the Director

Saera Jin
Born in Tokyo. Moved to England in her teens and majored in fashion photography at the University of the Arts London.
After working for fashion magazines including Vogue and Marie Claire from Tokyo and London, she moved on to video production.
She studied film production at the Raindance film school and Brunel University Graduate School in England.
Saera Jin’s short films were listed at the Short Film Corner of the 2013 and 2014 Cannes International Film Festivals. Nominated for Best Comedy at the ASFF Short Film Festival in England.

【Other tourism promotion videos】

Odakyu Electric Railway “Muslim Tourism in Enoshima”

Odakyu Romancecar “Enoshima / Kamakura Hydrangea Sightseeing Tour”

Contact

For requests about filming and production, please contact at the following.
Agent : Junpei Omote
L’UNION PUBLICATIONS, INC.
TEL: +81 (0)3 3234 9280 FAX: +81 (0)3 5214 6410
E-mail: omote@lunion.jp

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