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.


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


2015Plassein, Toupée
2015Elsewhere, Particular/Penguin Books

Selected Screenings and Exhibitions

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


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


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

Selected Press