AWARDS & RECOGNITION
SHOUTOUT LA MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
Popular magazine, Shoutout LA interviewed Aamuro about his views on risk-taking and success.
BEST STUDENT NARRATIVE AT SPLICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Paper Crane is a story of brotherhood and the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during the 1940s. Aamuro was originally inspired by the testimonies he heard while interacting with the Japanese community in Colorado. He then delved into historical research, combining his Japanese background with his love of dramatic storytelling.
AWARD WINNER AT BRECKENRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL / USC & NYU ACCEPTED FILM / ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS "IN SHORT" SEASON 4
Your American Brother, is Aamuro's first installation in his two-part Vietnam War exploration. Aamuro was inspired by the conflicting feelings of Japanese Americans or, Nissei, during World War Two. This film focuses on a young man who receives a draft notice for the Vietnam War and makes a tough decision. This film won at Breckenridge Film Festival for Best High School film and was accepted by both USC and NYU film programs. The film will air on Rocky Mountain PBS in 2020 and was also nominated for best cinematography at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City.
BEST DIRECTOR AT THE BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST STUDENT FILM COMPETITION
One Way Ticket is the second installation of Aamuro's two-part Vietnam War exploration. It follows two young adults who are torn apart by a war across the world.
BEST ANIMATION AT THE SAINT VRAIN VALLEY STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL / ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS "IN SHORT" SEASON 3
Little Lobster, is inspired by the Japanese cartoons Aamuro would watch as a child. It combines unique two dimensional art pieces designed by Juliet Raedeke with a "Gojira" (Godzilla) twist. This short was aired on Rocky Mountain PBS' "In Short" Season 3 in 2019.
BEST COMEDY AT BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST STUDENT FILM COMPETITION / RUNNER UP COMEDY AT THE SAINT VRAIN VALLEY STUDENT FILM FEST
The Kobito Kid, a mockumentary created by and starring Aamuro Kanda won the "Best Comedy" award at the 2018 Boulder International Film Festival's Student Film category. In 2017, the short also won runner up comedy at the Saint Vrain Valley Student Film Fest.
BEST SOUND DESIGN AT THE BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST STUDENT FILM COMPETITION
Bushido, inspired by classic Japanese cinema has made its rounds across a variety of festivals including the official selections of BIFF, SVVSFF, Longmont Firehouse Art Center Showcase, and AC Electric Film Shorts which screened in the Phillipenes. Bushido also won runner up drama at the Centennial State Student Film Festival (associated with Breckenridge Film Festival).