1 visual artist + 1 writer = 1 filmmaker--me!
Company
Starwheels Productions, LLC
Born in postwar Tokyo to a Japanese war bride and an African American soldier, Yayoi L Naito Winfrey has been creating media all her life. First, as an illustrator and graphic designer; then as a screenwriter, fiction writer and journalist; and, now, as a filmmaker. Growing up on three continents by the time she was five years-old gifted her with a strong appreciation for other people’s languages and cultures. As a mixed-race person, she has an innate sense of what it’s like being ’the other’; and, her long career in arts reflects that special position
Official Selection for Only The Best Animation Short award
Chickens Playing Chicken
OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
Miami Florida
2021
Semi-Finalist for Low Budget Music Video award
Chickens Playing Chicken
Rome Music Video Awards
Slovakia, Netherlands, UK, US, India, Singapore
2021
Official Selection for 1-Minute Short Films award
Chickens Playing Chicken
RedWood Film Festival
India, Sri Lanka, US, UK
2021
Semi-Finalist for Low Budget Music Video award
Chickens Playing Chicken
Munich Music Video Awards
Munich
2021
Finalist for Best Micro Animation award
Chickens Playing Chicken
Best Animation Award
London
2021
Winner of Best North American Animation Short award
Chickens Playing Chicken
1st Edition of Continental Film Awards
2021
Winner of Best Trailer/Teaser award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Mount Fuji International Film Festival
Aoba-ku Sendai-shi Miyagi-ken
2021
Official Selection for Best Trailer/Teaser award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Vonline Film Fest
Italy
2021
Finalist for Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Cooper Awards
Ukraine
2021
Finalist for Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Onyko Films Awards
Estonia, Ukraine, US and UK
2021
Official Selection for Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Iconic Images Film Festival
US, Turkey, Mexico, UK and Indonesia
2021
Winner of Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Mumbai International Film Awards
Mumbai Maharashtra
2021
Finalist for Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Prague International Film Awards
Prague
2021
Winner of Best Animation Short award
Chickens Playing Chicken
Accord Cine Fest
Mumbai Maharashtra
2020
Semi-Finalist for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Culture" movie poster
Laurus Film Festival
Moldova, Kazakhstan and Belarus
2020
Semi-Finalist for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Brides" movie poster
AltFF Alternative Film Festival
Toronto Canada
2020
Semi-Finalist for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Brides" movie poster
Laurus Film Festival
Moldova, Kazakhstan and Belarus
2020
Winner of Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Uruvatti International Film Festival
Tamil Nadu
2020
Winner of Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Global Monthly Online Film Competition
India
2020
Finalist for Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Kosice International Monthly Film Festival
Kosice
2020
Official Selection for Best Trailer/Teaser award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Laurus Film Festival
Moldova, Kazakhstan and Belarus
2020
Official Selection for Best Painting award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: movie poster 2
Picasso Einstein Buddha International Film Festival
Rishikesh Uttarakhand India
2019
Official Selection for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "BFF's; Buddhist Friends Forever" movie poster
Indo-Global International Film Festival
Mumbai Mahrashtra India
2019
Winner of Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Culture" movie poster
Chhatrapati Shivaji Film Festival
Pune Maharashtra India
2019
Winner of Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Culture" movie poster
Picasso Einstein Buddha International Film Festival
Rishikesh Uttarakhand India
2019
Semi-Finalist for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Culture" movie poster
Visualis Film Festival
St. Petersburg Russian Federation
2019
Winner of Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Culture" movie poster
Indo-Global International Film Festival
Mumbai Maharashtra India
2019
Semi-Finalist for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Kids" movie poster
Visualis Film Festival
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
2019
Official Selection for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Kids" movie poster
Indo-Global International Film Festival
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
2019
Official Selection for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "The Brides" movie poster
Indo-Global International Film Festival
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
2019
Official Selection for Best Film Poster award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: "Herstory" movie poster
Indo-Global International Film Festival
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
2019
Official Selection for Best Experimental Short Film award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: Herstory (rev)
Great Message International Film Festival
Pune Maharashtra
2019
Winner of Best Trailer award
This Doc Rocks! (Buddha)
The Buddah International Film Festival
Pune Maharashtra
2019
Winner of Best Concept award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: BFF's; Buddhist Friends Forever
The Buddha International Film Festival
Pune Maharashtra
2019
Official Selection for Best Documentary Film (Full Length) award
War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: The Culture
Picasso Einstein Buddha International Film Festival
Rishikesh Uttarakhand
2019
Official Selection for Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival
Pune Maharastra
2019
Finalist for Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome
2019
Official Selection for Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Indie Visions Film Festival
Tehran
2019
Winner of Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Picasso Einstein Buddha International Film Festival
Rishikesh Uttarakhand
2019
Winner of Best Trailer award
War Brides of Japan: The Chase
Great Message International Film Festival
Pune Maharashtra
2019
Official Selection
War Brides of Japan: The Race (short doc)
Lift-Off Global Network Sessions 2019
London
2019
Birth City
Machida-shi Tokyo-to
Current City
Mo'ili'ili Honolulu
Hometown
Ota-ku Tokyo-to
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
AfroAsian
Zodiac Sign
Sagittarius
Directed my first music video at age 19 with my Mom's super 8mm camera. Sugoi!
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." - Bantu Stephen Biko
1 visual artist + 1 writer = 1 filmmaker--me!
Company
Starwheels Productions, LLC