Joji Koyama is a filmmaker, animator and graphic artist. His short films, animations and music videos (including Four Tet, Mogwai and Jlin) have screened internationally, winning awards at the London Short Film Festival and British Animation Awards. In 2015 he began Toupée, a small publishing imprint, and published his first book of short visual stories, Plassein. This was followed by Elsewhere, an illustrated colouring book published by Penguin Books. In 2017 his first feature length film Kuro, written and directed with Tujiko Noriko premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival.


2017 Kuro (with Tujiko Noriko), 84 minutes
2008 First Place, 9 minutes
2006 From Nose to Mouth, 18 minutes


2015 Plassein, Toupée
2015 Elsewhere, Particular/Penguin Books

Selected Screenings and Exhibitions

2018 European Film Forum Scanorama, Vilnius, Lithuania
2018 MUBI
2018 New Horizons International Film Festival, Wrocław, Poland
2017 Slamdance Film Festival
2017 Uplink, Tokyo Japan
2017 Camera Japan Festival
2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival
2017 Chicago Underground Film Festival
2010 Breda International Film Festival
2009 New Nippon: Contemporary Film and Video from Japan. Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
2009 Glasgow Film Festival
2009 London Short Film Festival
2009 L’Alternativa, Barcelona Independent Film Festival
2009 Pictoplasma, Berlin
2009 Melbourne International Animation Festival
2008 Encounters Short Film Festival
2008 Animasivo. Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico
2008 The Geopolitics of Animation. Touring exhibition
2008 Ann Arbor Film Festival
2008 London Short Film Festival
2008 Portable Film festival
2007 Becks Fusions ICA London. In collaboration with Matthew Herbert
2007 Videomix. Conversación Animada: Shahzia Sikande y Joji Koyama. La Casa Encendida, Madrid
2007 Pictures From a Floating World. Takahiko Iimura and Joji Koyama. Curzon Cinema, London
2005 British Animation Festival
2005 Nokia Film Lab, Russia
2005 ResFest Digital FIlm Festival
2005 Onedotzero Digital Film Festival
2005 Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival
2004 Annecy International Animation Festival
2004 Edinburgh Film Festival
2004 Pictoplasma, Berlin
2004 Darklight Digital Film Festival
2004 London International Animation Festival


2008 Animasivo, Festival de Mexico
2006 Animate! Arts Council of England and Channel 4
2005 Grand Prize Animation, Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival
2005 Best Animated Film, Halloween Short Film festival, ICA London
2004 MESH Scheme NESTA and Channel 4
2004 Best Music Video Public Choice Award, British Animation Awards


2009 Theatre production ‘GURU GURU’ with Rotozaza (2009 British Council Showcase)
2007 Becks Fusions ICA London, Meaningless, A collaboration with Matthew Herbert

Selected Press