Sybilla Patrizia is an award-winning Austrian photographer and filmmaker based in Tokyo.

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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, the stigmatization of menstruation in Japanese society 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 brand-new, feature-length documentary entitled PLASTIC LOVE!, which deals with Japan’s obsessive addiction to plastic. As part of her project, Sybilla was featured in the Social Good Book 2019 by HERMÈS Japon. In 2021, Sybilla also filmed the Japan section of "Forced To Be Sterilised," a BBC documentary focusing on forced and involuntary sterilisations in Japan and South Africa.

Her work has been published by the BBCVICE , AnOther Magazine, Financial Times and Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, and has been exhibited in Germany, Austria, the USA, Japan and the UK.

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

Clients and Publications

BBC | VICE | Amazon Prime Japan | Financial Times | AnOther Magazine | Süddeutsche Zeitung | The Sunday Telegraph | Tokyo Weekender | Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo | SLEEK Magazine | Yokohama Visitor’s Guide | Suitcase Magazine | SICKY Magazine | Schön! Magazine | HUF Magazine | Teeth Magazine | Noctis Magazine | Le Mile Magazine


HERMÈS Social Good Book | Ö1 Radio | Atlas Magazine


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 Scholar
2011, Winner, Austrian Youth Championship of Photography 

Exhibitions and Festivals

2020, Ars Electronica Festival, Austria, curator of #JapanRevisited202x
2020, Alpinale Short Film Festival, Austria, Unbroken
2020, Obuse Short Film Festival, Nagano/Japan, Unbroken
2019, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Tokyo, Unbroken
2019, Geidai Arts in Marunouchi, Tokyo, Unbroken
2018, Austrian Embassy Tokyo, Strawberry Jam, Solo-Exhibition
2018, Geidai Art Book Fair Tokyo, Strawberry JamBook Presentation
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 2015, Belfast Photo Fringe, UK, Brown Bricks, Green Lawns, Group Exhibition
2015, London Gallery West, UK, Hong Kong Diary, Group Exhibition
2011-2012, National Youth Photography Championship Winners, Volksbanken Austria (various locations), Group Exhibition


Tokyo University of the Arts

Japanese Government Scholar (MEXT)
MA Film Production
2019 - 2021
Intermedia Art/ Photography (Research)
2017 -  2019

University of Westminster, London
BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice, Photography/Video 
First Class Honours
2013 - 2016

Academy of Visual Arts,
Hong Kong Baptist University

Exchange semester
Sept - Dec 2014

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