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THE VOICE ACTRESS

Festival Selections

SXSW Film Festival

World Premiere
Austin, Texas, USA

March 11-20, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

🐠 Special Jury Award Winner 🐠

"With its impeccable compositions and captivating lead performance, The Voice Actress offers a sensitive peek behind the scenes of an ever-changing industry. This patient study of imagination and aging achieves extraordinary depth thanks to Anna J. Takayama’s soulful direction, and we are delighted to support the career of such a remarkable talent."

- SXSW Mailchimp Support the Shorts Award Jury

The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival

East Coast Premiere
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA

May 19-21, 2022

Official Selection: Beyond Borders - Shorts From Around The World

Lighthouse International Film Festival

Long Beach Island, New Jersey, USA

June 2-5, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

Japan Premiere

Tokyo, Japan

June 7-20, 2022

Official Selection: Japan Competition

🐠 Audience Award Winner, Japan Competition 🐠

Palm Springs ShortFest

West Coast Premiere

Palm Springs, California, USA

June 21-27, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

🐠 Jury Special Mention, Best of the Festival Award 🐠

"A visually stunning and moving portrait of an aging actress competing against the younger generation, which also seamlessly deals with grief and sexism, while ultimately embracing the courage to be different and to honor one’s true self."

- Palm Springs ShortFest, Best of the Festival Jury

DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Washington, D.C., USA

July 14-17, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

🐠 Jury Award Winner, Best Performance for Urara Takano 🐠

L.A. Shorts International Film Festival

L.A. Premiere
Los Angeles, California, USA

July 21-28, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

Asian American International Film Festival
New York, NY, USA

August 3-13, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts: Below The Line

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

August 8-14, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

HollyShorts Film Festival
Los Angeles, California, USA

August 11-20, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

🐠 Best International Film Award Winner 🐠

Edinburgh International Film Festival

European Premiere
Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

August 12-20, 2022

Official Selection: New Shorts: Life/Work

Nevada City Film Festival
Nevada City, California, USA

August 26-28, 2022

Official Selection: Shorts Competition

🐠 Best Narrative Short Award Winner 🐠

🐠 Best Director Award Winner 🐠

Nara International Film Festival
Nara, Japan

September 17-19, 2022

For Youth 2022: SSFF & Asia Award Winners Program

Woodstock Film Festival
Woodstock, New York, USA

September 28-October 2, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition - Keep Showing Up

Nashville Film Festival
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

September 29-October 5, 2022

Official Selection: Shorts Mixtape 2: Narrative

Mill Valley Film Festival
San Rafael, California, USA

October 6-16, 2022

Official Selection: Shorts Program - One and Only

New Hampshire Film Festival
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

October 6-9, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

Hamptons International Film Festival
East Hampton, New York, USA

October 7-16, 2022

Official Selection: Shorts Program - Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Raleigh Film & Art Festival
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

October 7-9, 2022

Official Selection: Best Shorts Competition

Raindance Film Festival
London, England, U.K.

October 26-November 5, 2022

Official Selection: Shorts Program - Radical Agendas

Urbanworld Film Festival
New York, New York, USA

October 26-30, 2022

Official Selection: On The Grind - Shorts About Work

New Orleans Film Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

November 3-8, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

San Diego Asian Film Festival
San Diego, California, USA

November 3-12, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

Shorts Program - Making It

Leeds International Film Festival
Leeds, England, U.K.

November 3-17, 2022

International Short Film Competition:

Program 2 - Smoke on the Water

🐠 International Short Film Competition Winner 🐠

"Bold and delightfully original. A playful, tender and universal story about remaining unapologetically yourself in a relentless world, from a director with a refreshingly unique cinematic language. From the pacing to the use of colour, from the framing to the lead performance, Anna J. Takayama's 'The Voice Actress' is a vibrant, feminist gem of a film."

- Leeds International Short Film Competition Jury

Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA

November 3-27, 2022

Official Selection: Narrative Shorts Competition

Shorts Program - Divergence