'No' wins top prize at Skip City

Digital fest awards go to Taiwan, European directors

TOKYO -- Skip City digital film festival closed Monday with Taiwanese director Leon Dai’s “No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti” taking home the Sony D-Cinema Award and 6 million yen ($64,000).

The best director award, and 2 million yen ($21,000), went to Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire for “Johnny Mad Dog,” a tale of African child soldiers.

The Skip City Award for up and coming Japanese directors was won by Kazuya Shiraishi for “Lost Paradise in Tokyo.” The award includes access to the Skip City digital post-production facilities in Saitama, just north of Tokyo.

The Skip City complex, where “20th Century Boys” was edited, and some scenes shot, also includes an incubation center for new film companies.

The festival, now in its sixth edition, ran for an extended 11 days this year.
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