Shirokuma Films is a film production company based in Tokyo, Japan specialising in narrative short and long-form filmmaking on contemporary issues in Japan. Shirokuma Films is run by award-winning filmmaker Kenjo McCurtain and producer Humphrey Morgan.
Kenjo is an award-winning filmmaker who moved to Japan to pursue his craft after graduating with a BA in Film Studies in the UK, where his work was screened at the university's annual film festival. Alongside writing feature-length scripts and film treatments for independent Japanese directors, Kenjo has written and directed four of his own short films: ‘Necropolis’ (2014) was selected for the Fukuoka Independent Short Film Festival and ranked in Yahoo's top ten videos online thereafter; ‘Automation’ (2017) won Best Director and Best Actor at the English Riviera Film Festival; ‘Yamome’ (2018) winner of the Independent World Best Short Film Award at Mt. Fuji Atami Film Festival and at the time of writing has been selected for various film festivals worldwide; and ‘Transmission’ (2019) a psychological-horror short. In all of these films Kenjo deals with contemporary social issues and concerns in Japan and beyond. Kenjo is a Kyoto Filmmakers' Lab alumni and bilingual in English and Japanese.