- AWARDS & HONORS -
BEST ASIAN-AMERICAN STUDENT FILM, Jury Award / DGA Student Film Awards 
for "Secret Lives of Asians at Night" (dir. KEFF)
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AIR CANADA SHORT FILM AWARD / Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
for "Secret Lives of Asians at Night" (dir. KEFF)
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BEST NARRATIVE SHORT, Audience Award / Boston Asian American Film Festival 
for "Secret Lives of Asians at Night" (dir. KEFF)
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BEST PRODUCING AWARD / NYU First Run Film Festival 2019 (Graduate school)
for "Secret Lives of Asians at Night" (dir. KEFF)
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THE BEST INDIE DRAMA AWARD / TOP SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2016
for her original movie "Eureka"
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JURY PRIZE / AROUND FILMS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN BERLIN 2016
for her original movie "Eureka
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OFFICIAL SELECTION / PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL 2016
for her original movie "Eureka
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OFFICIAL SELECTION / THE WORLD'S INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO 2016
for her original movie "Eureka
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WINNER OF DYMPHNA LEONARD AWARD FOR FICTION / MARYMOUNT REVIEW 2015
The best prize for fiction judged by Andrew Milward (the author of "Zoetrope" "Best New American Voices" etc.) for her original writing piece "An Immigrant's Ocean
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STUDENT GOLDEN KEY FOR WRITING FOR THE STAGE / MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE 2015
Awards for excellence in Playwriting department 
 

- PRESS - 

Eureka - A short movie

"A fascinating short film. Very well crafted, Eureka lives in a limbo between poetry and a nightmare

The director makes you feel desolated and confused, and creates some images that seem as if they were directed by David Lynch.

Eureka is a path to live feelings that only cinema can make you feel.

 

- David Casademunt, Top Shorts Film Festival 2016

"By finding absurdity in the lens of reality acompanied by rock and roll music, Eureka carries out a powerful influence.

 

- China Daily

An Immigrant's Ocean - Fiction short story

"In less than 10 pages, we see humanity under attack, degraded, stripped to its barest bones and yet that’s somehow ultimately where we find its strength. That is the magic of An Immigrant’s Ocean. It helps us to know and believe in ourselves a little more. "

 

- Andrew Milward (Author of Zoetrope, The Southern Review, Columbia, Conjunctions, and Best New American Voices)

"Kio is a young writer of surprising depth. She has a unique ability to look unflinchingly at her own life and the world we live in. Poetic, tough, surprising, at times funny, Kio is on a relentless search for theatricality and truth in her work.

 

- finkle (Playwright of Indoor/Outdoor, Alive and Well)

© 2019 KIO SHIJIKI