Sybilla Patrizia is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photographer from Austria, 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 documentary ‘PLASTIC LOVE!, which deals with Japan’s toxic love for plastic and featured in HERMÈS’ Social Good Book. In 2022, Sybilla shot Japan’s best-selling author Mieko Kawakami for the cover of the Financial Times’ HTSI Magazine, and ‘The Dark Side of Manga’ (VICE) which won an Emmy in 2023. At Tokyo Docs 2023, ‘The Shape of Blue’ was awarded Best Pitch Award, Sunny Side of the Doc Award, and DocedgeKolkata Award.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 2021.

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.


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


Instagram @sybillapatrizia

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

2024, Sunny Side of the Doc, Global Pitch Official Selection, Plastic Love!
2023, Emmy Award, 44th News and Documentary Emmy Awards, The Dark Side of Manga (Vice News Tonight)
2023, Tokyo Docs,  Best Pitch Award, Sunny Side of the Doc Award, DocedgeKolkata Award, The Shape of Blue
2023, Front Page Award, Newswomen’s Club of New York, Specialized Reporting in Arts, The Dark Side of Manga (Vice News Tonight)
2023, Los Angeles Press Club Nomination, 16th National A&E Journalism 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
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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