The first Yamagata Artists-in-Residence was held from 24 October to 17 November 2018, inviting filmmakers from Indonesia and Malaysia to stay at Zao, a famous onsen (hot spring) resort in Yamagata, to concentrate on their film project. They joined a four-day workshop, so-called Yamagata Documentary Dojo, which brought the participants together with five Japanese filmmakers and six international professional mentors. The workshop consisted of masterclasses, group discussions, and project mentorship. They also deepened a relation with Yamagata citizens through Creative Cafés, a workshop for elementary and junior high school, and community screenings. Furthermore, they made a short video about Yamagata City through their point of view.
Their videos and detailed biographies are available from the link below.