Panasonic's 4K HDR Short Film "Carrying a Wish" Wins Excellence Award at the Lumiere Japan Awards 2017

Tokyo, Japan - November 15, 2017 - Panasonic Corporation's 4K HDR short film "Carrying a Wish" took home the Excellence Award in the UHD Category of the Lumiere Japan Awards 2017. The Lumiere Japan Awards are presented annually by the Advanced Imaging Society, Japan Committee (AIS-J), the Japanese chapter of the Advanced Imaging Society, an international organization formed by industry professionals to enhance the arts.

The Lumiere Japan Awards 2017 were presented during Inter BEE (International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition) in Makuhari, Japan. A total of 21 works received awards in three categories recognizing achievement in 3D, UHD (Ultra High Definition), and VR (Virtual Reality) content. Among these works, Panasonic's short film, "Carrying a Wish," shot in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) received the Excellence Award in the UHD Category for its artistic expression and imaging quality which accentuated the beautiful detail of 4K and the range in luminosity as provided by HDR imaging.

Winners of the Lumiere Japan Awards 2017 are entered into consideration for the Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts Awards held in the United States in January 2018.

About the Short Film, "Carrying a Wish"

Every year on the night of the full moon in the 12th lunar month, the Loy Krathong Festival is held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. During this festival, people give thanks, and hope to cast away their sins by floating garden lanterns adorned with flowers down the river or by releasing lanterns into the sky. In this film, countless lanterns floating up through the night sky provides a beautiful, almost magic-like sight to behold. Filmed with the Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam LT, this short film captures beautiful sights of the festival and incorporates interviews with sky lantern artisans as well as the mayor of Chiang Mai.

Comments from the Judges
  • It is remarkable how the entire film is composed to specifically express the qualities of 4K HDR, especially the beauty of the sky lanterns being released into the night sky.
  • The beauty of the film seemed to "purify the heart" itself.

About the Lumiere Japan Awards

The Lumiere Japan Awards have been presented by AIS-J since 2011. By recognizing the best in advanced imaging content created and released in Japan, the awards aim to spread and improve fine video content.

About the Advanced Imaging Society, Japan Committee (AIS-J)

AIS-J is entrusted to improve and spread high-quality imaging content through the recognition, education and research of content in the fields of 3D technology, UHD (Ultra High Definition) including 4K and 8K quality, VR (virtual reality), and HDR (High Dynamic Range) advanced imaging content. AIS-J aims to improve the creation and technology of advanced imaging content through the development of industry professionals, by working together with companies and organizations within Japan, as well as AIS committees around the world including in the USA, Europe and Asia.

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