5th December 2015
Congratulations to the team for winning the Best Short Fiction Film in the Children's Jury Section of the 18th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, held in Pyrgos, Greece.
This is an especially nice award to win, as it was chosen by a jury of children, the group we have most hoped to inspire with the story. In their praise, they said that: "The film moved us because it was a true story, showing that music can conquer hatred and hostility."
Thank you to all the children of the jury, and thank you also for the wonderful hospitality of the festival and the town of Pyrgos!
26th October 2015
We are very pleased to announce that we have been selected in the Competition Section of the 18th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, held in Pyrgos, Greece.
This marks the film's fifteenth festival, which is an extraordinary run and more than we could have hoped for when we first submitted the film to our first festival over a year ago. We have decided that this will be the film's festival circuit swansong, so the director, Paul Leeming, will be attending in person to celebrate.
It's been an incredible journey, starting with Cannes in 2014 and travelling all over the world and across continents. We have touched so many hearts worldwide. Thank you to each and every festival for your amazing support, and most of all, thank you to the wonderful audiences we have met and screened the film with.
Finally, thank you once more to the true hero of this story, Mrs Youko Koshida, for allowing us to share your story of humanity and peace with the world. It's been an absolute honour and privilege to give you a global voice to future generations of children, that they may learn from your example what true compassion is.
29th August 2015
A second win for the film! Congratulations once again to the entire American Piano team for winning the Best Film Academy award at the Golden Diana International Film Festival in Austria!
18th June 2015
We won! Huge congratulations to the entire American Piano team for winning the Best Documentary award at the Navi Mumbai International Film Festival!
7th May 2015
New look for our 10th Anniversary
To celebrate the occasion, as well as our expansion to Europe, we are pleased to unveil a bold new design, elegantly combining our heritage and core values as a film company.
The new logo is a play on our name, Visceral Psyche, emphasising the desire to make films that move you (the body) while also making you think (the mind). The red represents passion and creativity as well as symbolising our history, having pioneered the first Red camera in Japan (whose flag is also a red circle). Finally, the wireframe body represents our growing digital future, as well as paying homage to that most illustrious of film icons, the Oscar, side-lit to represent our cinematic craft.
We are looking forward to forging many new partnerships as we begin work on our feature film slate for 2015 and beyond. Stay tuned - great things are coming!
18th April 2015
Congratulations to the team for another selection, this time in India. The film will be screened in the Short Documentary section of the festival, which marks the first time it has been selected under the non-fiction category (the film is a dramatic re-enactment of a true story).
17th April 2015
Hollywood is the heart of filmmaking worldwide, so it gives us great pleasure to be able to screen the film at the Regal Cinemas in LA this May. If you are in the area, this is the perfect opportunity to see the film. One night only so don't miss it! As an additional treat, one of the stars of the film, Adam J. Yeend, will be in attendance, so you'll have a unique opportunity to chat about the film and his other work as both actor and producer.
15th April 2015
We are especially pleased to be chosen for this festival as it is a big step on the road towards a possible BAFTA award (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the UK equivalent of the Oscars). It also marks our UK premiere, which we are very happy about, as the film's true story involves servicemen from the British Armed Forces (among others) during WWII, meaning that there is always the chance that someone will see it and recognise that one of their relatives might have been a part of these historic events.
9th April 2015
An American Piano officially selected for the International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival 24th - 26th April 2015
One of the main reasons for making the film was to draw attention to the fact that even in wartime, humanity can exist between enemies. As such we are very happy to be a part of this festival, which seeks to educate and make people think about all sides of a story, not just the official narrative.
6th March 2015
As one of the major film festivals in the world, we are extremely pleased to be selected for the TIFF Kids section, and glad that we have the chance to show children that humanity knows no borders when it comes to understanding one another, no matter where we are from or what governments say we should think. Congratulations to the cast and crew for such a prestigious festival entry - your efforts are being rewarded now in the best way possible, and you should be very proud.