ISAMU HIRABAYASHI Born in 1972. Graduated from Musashino Art University. After a carrier in graphic design, he became an audio visual director. While directing commercial movies mainly, he started making independent short films. He received the Special Mention for 663114 (2011) at the Berlinale and the Special Mention for Babin (2008) at the Locarno Festival. His shorts amounting to 20 in 2018 vary from live-action adaptation to animated or experimental genres.