The 1st award ceremony took place on October 1, 2005 at the National Noh Theatre (main theatre where Noh, a classic Japanese musical drama, is performed) in Tokyo. Although the submission period was only a month long, CON-CAN received 155 movies from 25 countries. The CON-CAN International Jury members decided the Grand Prix and Tamashii awards through an internet conference.
The award ceremony had over 100 attendees including jury members, movie-related industry professionals, sponsors, press, and staff members. CON-CAN Chairman, Masahiro Yoshino presented the award to the three winners: Irina Evteeva from Russia, director of “Demon” (Tamashii award winner), David Casals-Roma from Spain, director of “Djamel’s Eyes” (Tamashii award winner), and Shinya Okada from Japan, director of “Ohayo” (Grand Prix award winner)
Yuki Shirai, the calligrapher who designed the initial CON-CAN logo, was the keynote speaker and Teruyo Nogami, the production manager for Kurosawa Productions, also made an appearance. With the help of many great special guests, CON-CAN successfully communicated its philosophy to the general public. In addition, a Samba team provided entertainment.
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Director Shinya Okada from Japan celebrating after Winning the Grand Prix Award at the 1st CON-CAN Movie Festival
Director Irina Evteeva from Russia receiving the Tamashii Award at the 1st CON-CAN Film Festival
Director David Casals-Roma from Spain receiving the Tamashii Award at the 1st CON-CAN Movie Festival
All Three Nominated Directors of the 1st CON-CAN Movie Festival
Calligrapher Yuki Shirai who created CON-CAN Media Plaza's Initial Logo