Sybilla Patrizia is an Austrian photographer and film director based in Tokyo.

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In her work, Sybilla Patrizia has covered social, cultural and political topics such as the struggles of the Tibetan Diaspora in Northern India, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution, the stigmatization of menstruation in Japanese society and the LGBTQ+ community in Tokyo.

Sybilla is currently developing a feature-length documentary entitled PLASTIC LOVE!, which deals with Japan’s obsessive addiction to plastic and which was featured in HERMÈS’ Social Good Book.

Her documentary A Bloody Taboo about the stigma against menstruation in Japanese society, won the Excellent Film Award at Tokyo Docs and premiered at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.

In 2022, Sybilla Patrizia shot the cover of the Financial Times’ HTSI Magazine, featuring Japan’s best-selling female author Mieko Kawakami and UNCENSORED, a documentary about child abuse in Japanese manga which aired on the Emmy Award-winning show VICE on Showtime.

Sybilla’s work has been published by the BBCVICE , NHK, AnOther Magazine, the Financial Times, adidas and others.


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 | NHK | Financial Times | adidas | Amazon Prime | 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

Exhibitions and Festivals (selection)

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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