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AYA DOMENIG
Film Director

Aya Domenig was born in Japan in 1972 and grew up in Switzerland. From 1992 until 2000 she studied social anthropology, film studies and japanology at the University of Zurich, gaining an MA degree with her documentary film «Oyakata». From 2001 to 2005 Aya Domenig studied film directing at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Her graduation film «Haru Ichiban» (fiction, 22 min.) was screened at various international film festivals and was awarded the Prix Cinécinéma at the Premiers Plans Film Festival in Angers.

In 2015 her feature length documentary «The Day the Sun Fell» premiered at the 68th edition of the Locarno International Filmfestival (Critics Week). The film was nominated for the Swiss Film Prize 2016 in two categories («Best Documentary» Film» and «Best Film Score») and was awarded the Swiss Film Prize for «Best Film Score».

Aya Domenig is a member of the Swiss Film Academy and of the European Film Academy.

Filmography (Selection)

2015
ALS DIE SONNE VOM HIMMEL FIEL
(The Day the Sun Fell)
Documentary, 78 min., DCP

Preise, Nominationen und lobende Erwähnungen:

  • Nomination Schweizer Filmpreis 2016 für „Bester Dokumentarfilm“ und „Beste Filmmusik“
  • Gewinner Schweizer Filmpreis 2016 für „Beste Filmmusik“
  • Gewinner Green Image Award 2016, Green Image Film Festival (To-kyo)
  • Lobende Erwähnung, Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Gewinner Prix Mario Ruspoli 2016, Jean Rouch Int. Film Festival (Par-is)
  • Gewinner Prix Anthropologie et Development Durable 2016, Jean Rouch Int. Film Festival (Paris)
  • Gewinner Horizonte Filmpreis 2016, Fünf Seen Fimfestival
  • Lobende Erwähnung, Bolzano Filmfestival 2016
  • Gewinner Fethi Kayaalp Grand Prize – 2nd Prize 2016, Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary

Festivals:

  • 68. Internationales Filmfestival Locarno (Semaine de la Critique)
  • Hiroshima International Film Festival 2015
  • This Human World 2015
  • Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2016 (Dokfilm-Wettbewerb)
  • Solothurner Filmtage 2016
  • Mumbai International Film Festival 2016 (Int. Wettbewerb)
  • DOCfeed Eindhoven 2016
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2016
  • Green Image Film Festival (Tokyo) 2016
  • Bolzano Filmfestival 2016
  • 26. Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Dokfilm-Wettbewerb)
  • 13th Göttingen int. Ethnographic Film Festival 2016
  • Internationales Filmfestival Innsbruck 2016 (Dokfilm-Wettbewerb)
  • EDOC – Encuentros del Otro Cine, Ecuador 2016
  • Seoul Human Rights Film Festival 2016
  • Bonner Dokumentarfilmwoche 2017
  • Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2016 (Wettbewerb)
  • BIFED 2016
  • 35th Jean Rouch International Film Festival 2016
  • Incheon Human Rights Film Festival 2016
  • Salem Film Fest 2017
  • Cairo International Womens Film Festival 2017
  • 15th RAI Film Festival 2017 (Bristol)
  • 9. Festival de cine invisible 2017
  • Akamas Eco Film Festival 2017 (Zypern)
  • NAFA Film Festival 2017 (Dänemark)
  • NO NUKE Film Festival 2017 (Taiwan)
  • 7th Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival 2018 (Sao Paolo)

2007
BESTATTUNGSKULTUR IM WANDEL
TV-Documentary, 30 min., DV
Produced by: Go Between Films GmbH, Luc Schaedler
Executive Producer & Co-Regie: Aya Domenig

2005
HARU ICHIBAN (Spring Storm)
Fiction short, 22 min., 35mm
Produced by: ZHdK

Festivals:

  • Locarno International Film Festival, Pardi di domani
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
  • Solothurner Filmtage
  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter
  • FIPA Biarritz
  • Premier Plans, Festival d’Angers,
  • Award: Prix Cinécinéma
  • International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand
  • Potsdam-Babelsberg, Worldwide Student Film Festival
  • Festival du Film Court de Lille
  • Poitiers International Film Schools Festival
  • Mediawave

2004
HITORITABI (Iio-sans Journey)
Documentary, 21 min., DV
Produced by: ZHdK

2004
WIR
Fiction short, 2 Min. 20 Sek., DV
Produced by: ZHdK

2002
JE T’AIME
Fiction short, 6 min., DV
Produced by: ZHdK

Festivals:

  • Schweizerisches Film- und Videofestival Spiez
  • Award: Goldener Drache für einen bemerkenswerten Spielfilm
  • Vevey Images ’02
  • Festival der Nationen, Ebensee (Österreich)

2001
MAKING OF – BIG DEAL
TV-Documentary, 15 min., DV
Produced by: C-Films

1999
OYAKATA (The Master)
Documentary, 37 min., DV
Produced by: Aya Domenig

Festivals:

  • Internationales ethnografisches Filmfestival, IWF Göttingen
  • 7th International Festival of Ethnografic Film, London,
  • Award: JVC Student Video Prize
  • 36. Solothurner Filmtage
  • University of Texas, Festival of Ethnografic Film