Sybilla Patrizia is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and photographer based in Tokyo.

In her work, she merges her passion for social impact and human stories with her background in fashion to create thought-provoking stories that cross the border between documentary, art and design.

Sybilla is currently developing her first feature-length documentary ‘PLASTIC LOVE!, which deals with Japan’s toxic relationship with plastic and which was featured in HERMÈS’ Social Good Book. A Bloody Taboo’ about the stigma against menstruation in Japan, was awarded at Tokyo Docs and premiered at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival. In 2022, Sybilla shot the cover of the Financial Times’ HTSI Magazine, featuring Japan’s best-selling author Mieko Kawakami and ‘UNCENSORED: The Dark Side of  Manga’ which was nominated for an Emmy in 2023 and aired as the Season 3 finale of VICE on Showtime.

As a multilingual creative who has lived in 7 countries across 3 continents, Sybilla has worked with international media and brands including BBC, VICE, Financial Times, adidas, AnOther Magazine, NHK, Amazon Prime, and NETFLIX.

Instagram @sybillapatrizia


Sybilla is also the founder of WHEN IN TOKYO -  a dedicated online guide to Tokyo’s best art, design and architecture.

Clients and Publications

BBC | VICE | Financial Times | adidas | Amazon Prime | NHK | Showtime | AnOther Magazine | HERMÈS Social Good Book | Nikkei Asia | Ö1 Radio | Süddeutsche Zeitung | The Sunday Telegraph | Tokyo Weekender | SLEEK Magazine | Suitcase Magazine | Schön! Magazine  | Teeth Magazine | Le Mile Magazine

Festivals and Awards 

2023, Emmy Nomination, 44th News and Documentary Emmy Awards, The Dark Side of Manga (Vice News Tonight)
2021, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, A Bloody Taboo 2021, Tokyo Docs, A Bloody Taboo  (Excellent Film Award)2021, Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, USA, A Bloody Taboo (Senses of Women Award)
2020, Ars Electronica Festival, Austria, curator of #JapanRevisited202x
2019, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Tokyo, Unbroken

2019, Best Film, Ginza Short Film Contest Tokyo, Unbroken
2018, Austrian Embassy Tokyo, Strawberry Jam, Solo-Exhibition
2017, The Old Truman Brewery, London, Photomasters London, Group Exhibition
2016, Ambika P3 Gallery, London, Graduation Group Exhibition
2016, Smashbox Emerging Photographers Showcase hosted by Davis Factor, London


Tokyo University of the Arts

MA Film Production
Japanese Government Scholar (MEXT)

University of Westminster, London
BA Contemporary Media Practice (Photography/Video)

Academy of Visual Arts,
Hong Kong Baptist University

Exchange semester

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