大阪府箕面市出身。ニューヨーク大学大学院映画学科の修了作品『小春日和』('14)でテヘラン国際短編映画祭グランプリ、新人監督映画祭グランプリ、クイーンズ世界映画祭最優秀短編作品賞、札幌国際短編映画祭最優秀国内作品賞など国内外で15の賞を受賞。在学中よりフリーのエディターや録音技師として活動し、スパイク・リー監督の制作会社 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks を経て、現在は AOI Pro. ASEANチームに所属。ベトナム・ホーチミンを拠点に東南アジア諸国の大手企業のCM演出を手がけている。尺の長短やジャンルにかかわらず、真実味ある人間描写と温かみのあるストーリーテリングを得意とする。Dream Ami、鹿賀丈史出演のショートフィルム『色のない洋服店』('17)が6人の監督によるオムニバス『CINEMA FIGHTERS』として2018年1月26日より全国公開。

Toshimichi Saito (Director, Writer)

Toshimichi Saito is a filmmaker, whose life, education and career have developed across different continents and cultures: from Osaka to New York City to Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh City. Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, he received an M.F.A. in Filmmaking from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. His thesis short film, 'A Warm Spell' ('14), won 15 awards worldwide, including the Grand Prix at Tehran International Short Film Festival, the Grand Prix at New Directors Film Festival in Tokyo, the Best Narrative Short at Queens World Film Festival and the Best National Short Award at Sapporo International Short Film Festival. After working as an assistant editor at Spike Lee's production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, he joined AOI Pro., Japan's leading commercial & film production company. In February 2018, he began working at Viewfinder Media in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which is AOI Pro.'s new subsidiary. Regardless of length or genre, his meticulous craft and sophisticated aesthetics serve to achieve truthful depiction of human behavior as well as humanitarian storytelling. His short film 'Under the Black Dress' ('17) was released in theaters across Japan as part of 'CINEMA FIGHTERS'.