BIO.

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With a background in filmmaking and interior architecture, NAOWAO also known as Nao Sakamoto, explores hybrid worlds between the physical and the digital. Through animation, performances, and installations, she crafts a surreal world as a medium to create an intimate, immersive experience. Her works explore human perception of reality and their relationships with technology in our current and rapidly evolving digital nature. Currently, NAOWAO focuses on the theme of the mask, Asian mythology, and folklore. She has exhibited her works and performed in Russia, Venice, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Valencia, and Toyko. She is also an award-winning director at Vegas Movie Awards, New York Movie Awards, Tokyo International Short Film Fest, Montreal Independent Film Fest, and International Music Video Underground.
 

Nao graduated with a film degree in Buffalo, New York. After working in New York City for 2 years in a media production company, she started to explore 3D animations and visual performances while studying for a master’s in interior architecture at Rotterdam, Netherlands. Creating an environment for storytelling to evoke emotions has always been at the core of her projects connecting the tools she uses, either with CG animations, filming, or installations and performances. Now with sculpting techniques, her storytelling method involves character design with sculpting and world creations using game engines.

AWARDS

Best Music Video LA Independent Women Film Awards 2021 / Director, VFX
Best Music Video New York Movie Awards
 2021 / Director, VFX
Best Music Video LA Sun Film Fest 2021 / Director, VFX
Best Music Video Awards Tokyo International Short Film Festival 2021 / Director, VFX
Best Visual Effects Awards of Excellence Vegas Movie Awards 2021 / Director, VFX
Best Music Video Awards of Prestige Vegas Movie Awards 2021 / Director, VFX
Best Music Video Award Montreal Independent Film Festival (MIFF) 2021 / Director, VFX
● Best FX Award International Music Video Underground 2021 / Director, VFX
● Finalist New York International Film Awards 2021 / Director, VFX
● Semi-Finalist Los Angeles Film Awards 2021 / Director, VFX
● Official Selection Berlin Movie Awards, Best Music Video 2021 / Director, VFX
● Official Nomination Hollywood Screenings Film Festival, Best Music Video 2021 / Director, VFX
● Official Selection LA Independent Women Film Awards, Best Music Video 2021 / Director, VFX
● Official Selection New York Independent Cinema Awards, Best Music Video 2021 / Director, VFX
● Official Selection Montreal Independent Film Festival, Best Music Video 2021 / Director, VFX
● Official Selection Venice Shorts Film Festival, Best Music Video 2021 / Director, VFX
● Official Selection International Music Video Awards 2021 / Director, VFX
● Official Selection Munich Music Video Awards 2021 / Director, VFX
● Winner Best Doc Short Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival 2019 / Cinematographer
● Official Selection New Filmmakers New York 2019 / Cinematographer

 
 
 

PUBLICATIONS

● Interview with WEVUX 2021
● Interview at Al-Tiba9 Art Magazine ISSUE06 2020
● Interview with Luca Curci during FRAGMENTED IDENDITIES at BORDERS Art Fair 2020,

     at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello 2020
● ART CONNECT magazine - Digital Media: Tenderness and Aggression ART CONNECT 2020
● Short film for Cinematographer at Tattoodoo 2019
● Interview at The Harvesiting  2018
● Concept Images for The Love Collective  VICE i-D Nederland 2017

EXHIBITIONS + LIVE PERFORMANCES

●   METAXIS with BRANKS STUDIO at Lumier-Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia 2020
●   Untold Story with Loskolos (Mert Gencer) at THE ROOM CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE, Venice, Italy 2020
●   FLOOD TIDE with VTK at Lounge Neo, Tokyo 2019
●   kagamii live performance [ pass°age ] at Moon Romantic, Tokyo December 2018
●   BAYCREWS 40th anniversary party with Dessert Company, Tokyo November 2018
●   WOMB Shibuya, Tokyo October 2018
●   TELLUS event at POLYGON Aoyama, Tokyo September 2018
●   DIOR ROUGE launch party with Dessert Company, Tokyo September 2018
●   Waste the Night, group exhibition by Chalida Asawa, Bangkok April 2018
●   FunHouse Xmas Special with Giuliana Dieni at Westerunie, Amsterdam December 2017
●   Blijdorp Winter Festival with Reach Visuals at UNESCO site Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam December 2017
●   SHIPIBO Performance with True Identity at Burningman Netherlands Dutch Decompression, Amsterdam November 2017
●   SHIPIBO Performance with True Identity at Intramurs Festival, Valencia, Spain October 2017
●   SHIPIBO Performance with True Identity at The Shamanic Festival , Rotterdam October 2017
●   Belgium International Fashion Film Festival with Maaike Van Den Abbeele, Brussels, Belgium September 2017
●   Malaysia World Fashion Week with Maaike Van Den Abbeele, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia September 2017
●   BYOB at Utrecht School of Arts, Rotterdam September 2017
●   MONO, Rotterdam 2017
●   MIARD 2017 Graduation Show at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2017
●  "Sakasa - Kurage" The Love Hotel Collective at Room4, Amsterdam 2017
●  "Rhizomatic Dream" Club.Culture at Fruitvis, Rotterdam 2017
●  "Yuyake Setlist" PlusPlusRadio at V2, Rotterdam 2017
●  "Rhizomatic Dream" Club.Culture at Fruitvis, Rotterdam 2017
●  "Journey Log" in collaboration with Stone Shi Ying at The Performance Bar, Rotterdam 2017
●  "Vitality Wave (H2O)" in collaboration with Pleun at The Performance Bar, Rotterdam 2017
●  "Fluidity/Rigidity" BYOBeamer at BAR, Rotterdam 2017
●  Short film "Reborn of the Shadow" screening at MINT collective exhibition, Rotterdam 2016
●  Short film "micros" screening at MINT collective exhibition, Rotterdam 2016
●  MIARD "BAC UP" group exhibition at Ventura Lambrate, Milan Design Week 2016