Sybilla Patrizia is an award-winning Austrian photographer and filmmaker based in Tokyo. Please get in touch and say hello at
In her work as a documentary photographer and filmmaker, 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, fetishization of and obsession with youthfulness and cuteness in contemporary Japanese mainstream culture, Japan's cherry blossom craze and the LGBTQ+ community in Tokyo.
Her documentary film “Unbroken” was awarded Best Film at the 2019 Ginza Short Film Contest and premiered at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo. Sybilla is currently developing a new feature-length documentary entitled Plastic Love! dealing with Japan’s plastic addiction which was featured as part of the Hermès Japon Social Good Book.
In 2011, Sybilla was awarded a gold medal at the “Austrian Youth Championship of Photography” and was included in the 2016 “Smashbox Emerging Photographers Showcase” in London, hosted by photographer Davis Factor. Her photographic projects have been published by VICE , AnOther Magazine and have been featured and exhibited in Germany, Austria, the USA, Japan and the UK.
Sybilla is also the founder of WHEN IN TOKYO - Tokyo’s only dedicated art, design and architecture guide in English.
Publications and Features
HERMÈS Social Good Book | VICE | AnOther Magazine | Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin | The Sunday Telegraph | Tokyo Weekender | Sicky Magazne | Schön! Magazine | HUF Magazine | Teeth Magazine | Superior Magazine | Kaltblut | Suitcase Magazine | Noctis Magazine | Le Mile Magazine | Atlas Magazine | Wirtschaftszeit
2019, Best Film, Ginza Short Film Contest Tokyo, Unbroken
2019, Shortlist, Blue Wing Award for Cinematography, Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan, Unbroken
2017-2021, MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Japanese Government Scholarship Recipient
2011, Winner, Austrian Youth Championship of Photography
Exhibitions and Festivals
2020, Obuse Short Film Festival, Nagano/Japan, Unbroken
2019, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Special Screening, Unbroken
2019, Geidai Arts in Marunouchi, Unbroken Screening, Tokyo 2018, Austrian Embassy Tokyo, Strawberry Jam, Solo-Exhibition
2018, Geidai Art Book Fair Tokyo, Strawberry Jam Book Presentation
2017, The Old Truman Brewery, Photomasters London, Group Exhibition
2016, Ambika P3 Gallery, Graduation Group Exhibition, London 2016, Smashbox Emerging Photographers Showcase hosted by Davis Factor, London 2015, Belfast Photo Fringe, Belfast, UK, Group Exhibition
2015, London Gallery West, Group Exhibition, London 2011-2012, National Youth Photography Championship Winners, Volksbanken Austria (various locations), Group Exhibition
Tokyo University of the Arts
MA Film Production
2019 - 2021
2017 - 2019
University of Westminster, London
BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice, Photography/Video
2013 - 2016
First Class Honours
Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University
September - December 2014
ELLE Magazine, London
LOVE Magazine, London
Tokyo Weekender Magazine
LHA-Charitable Trust, McLeod Ganj, India
Tibet Foundation, London
All images on this website are © by Sybilla Patrizia and may not be reproduced without permission.