Pythagora-iwaitch wins Grand Prize at the Nibichi Film Festival at Yomitan

<em>Pythagora-iwaitch</em> wins Grand Prize at the <em>Nibichi</em> Film Festival at Yomitan

On June 10, at the Zampa Royal Hotel in Yomitan, the winners of the Grand Prix Award were thrilled to be on stage walking on a red carpet.

June 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 10, at the Zampa Royal Hotel in Yomitan, the final of the 2nd Nibichi Festival was held. This festival is a video contest for works shown as entertainment at wedding parties. The Grand Prize went to Pythagora-iwaitch, a video produced by members of a volleyball club.

The prize-winning work was made in the style of PythagoraSwitch, a Japanese educational television program that has been running since 2002. It shows people trying throw volleyballs at many targets on which the word “Celebration” was written, and involves an elaborate approach to filming in venues such as in a park, where the members of the club become pins in a pinball game on a large slide. Ginowan resident Munetaka Kanna, who created the winning work said, “I wanted to make something good that no-one had ever seen before. I wanted to win first prize.”

Pythagora-iwaitch was shown at the wedding reception of Nakagusuku resident Yuko Senaga, who said, “We are very happy to have the piece that was shown at our wedding reception party win the Grand Prize for this category of entertainment in Okinawa.”

Hiroki Kawada of the Okinawan comedy duo Garage Sale made an appearance at the finals stage of the contest and applauded the finalists, saying, “Your works are really good and made me relax. I hope that you go on create more of this kind of work.”

At the venue, the top five works selected by popular vote from among the 25 applicants were screened. About 150 people enjoyed the mature and original videos.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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