Timo Otsuki

Founder/ CEO

Connection, Tokyo

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Timo grew up between Germany and Japan. In his early 20s, he decided Tokyo was where he wanted to be. Timo cut his teeth at the small Japanese production firm Ame before moving to Creative Hybrid, a production company aimed at bringing the best of east and west together in Tokyo. After Hybrid, Timo took a position at Japan’s largest production company, Tohokushinsha. He was the company’s international producer. Trilingual in Japanese, English and German, Timo handled any project with an international element. In 2012, Timo joined Cutters and helped open the company’s Tokyo studio changing and influencing the Post-production landscape in Japan. Timo is greatly responsible for the deep influence and grand reputation the company has garnered on the Japanese market. And in 2018 he opened a new company named Connection (Production&Post) and is trying to change the landscape in the industry again. Timo is no-nonsense. He tells it how it is and believes open, honest communication to be the key to effective commercial filmmaking. Timo is a problem-solver. He approaches challenges with giddy delight, seeing problems as opportunities. He understands that there are many answers to a problem, and that it is his job to deliver the best one.

Judging:
AICE 2015 and 2016, One Show Young Ones Portfolio 2017, AdStars 2017 and 2018, AdFest 2017
and AdFest Jury President for Film Craft in 2018, A-List Hollywood Award 2018, YDA Cannes 2018, Spikes 2018, Mobius Award 2018, Ciclope 2018 and Cannes Film Craft 2019 among others.

Main Clients:
Nike, Adidas, Nissan, Toyota, Facebook, Booking.com, AIG, SK-II, Pepsi, Suntory, Daikin, Shiseido among others

International Campaigns:
Global Campaign for Mazda, Global Campaign for Takeda Pharmaceutical, Nissan 80th anniversary campaign, Nissan Thailand, Sprite China, Princes Cruises China, Chevrolet Thailand, Panadol Asia Pacific and more

Timo Otsuki
I was born in….
The land of the rising sun

I now live in…
Tokyo

But if I could live anywhere, it would be…
New Zealand, Portugal

Right now, I’m binge-watching…
The Queen’s Gambit

The last track I listened to was…
Joe Hisaishi

I dream about…
Do I?

The app I couldn’t survive without is…
photo app

Social media is…
crazy 

When we can travel again, I’ll be heading to…
Everywhere I missed

The most important lesson I’ve learned in 2020…
Family and friends are the most important thing in life….I knew it before but it kind of strengthened the feeling 

The best/worst thing about lockdown was…
No being able to hug
Being able to figure out what ’s really important in life


What the film industry needs is…
Is more creativity 

What I wish I’d known when I was starting my career…
Nothing I can think of

The best advice I’ve ever been given…
Just be yourself

The film I wish I’d made…
too many

My biggest inspiration is…
Shigesato Itoi

The person I would canonise is…
Tony Scott

If I wasn’t... I’d be…
still me

My last meal would be…
Japanese BBQ

My life philosophy in three words…
Just be happy