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Panasonic Short Film Wins Grand Prix in 8K Category at Lumiere Japan Awards 2020

Tokyo, Japan - On November 18, 2020, Panasonic Corporation won the Grand Prix in the 8K Category at the Lumiere Japan Awards 2020 for its 8K short film, "History in Samarkand Blue." This Grand Prix in the 8K Category is a first for Panasonic, following its 2019 Grand Prix win in the 4K Category.

*Both short films produced by Panasonic Corporation with filming by Panasonic Visuals.

The Lumiere Japan Awards are presented annually by the Advanced Imaging Society, Japan Committee (AIS-J), the Japanese chapter of an international organization of industry professionals. The awards aim to promote and share exceptional video content utilizing advanced imaging technology. This year, the Lumiere Japan Awards recognized achievement in four categories: 3D, 4K, 8K, and VR (Virtual Reality).

Winners of the Lumiere Japan Awards 2020 qualify for the Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts International Awards to be held in January 2021, and Panasonic will be entering the English version of "History in Samarkand Blue" for consideration.

In addition to its Grand Prix at the Lumiere Japan Awards, "History in Samarkand Blue" also took home the "4K/8K Video Award" at the 2020 4K/VR Tokushima Movie Festival.

About "History in Samarkand Blue"

Uzbekistan's ancient city, Samarkand. Flourishing as part of the Silk Road, it connected the cultures of East & West. With its rich history, and registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, "Samarkand - Crossroad of Cultures" is famous for the countless Samarkand Blue tiles adorning its many historical monuments. Panasonic's 8K cameras captured both the beauty of this ancient city & the craftsmen who have been restoring the monuments for generations.

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). AIS-J aims to improve advanced imaging content through the development of industry professionals by working together with companies and organizations within Japan and with AIS committees around the world.

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