Tamaki Okamoto was born in Kyoto, Japan, but she has been living and working in Paris since 1995. After five years as a European representative for a Japanese company where she was involved in a wide range of international film projects, including distribution, sales, co-production, DVD publishing and rights management, she founded her own independent company CaRTe bLaNChe in 2010, dedicated to cutting-edge and cross-border Japanese independent films of all genres.
With passion and love for the author’s film, she plays all the possible roles - producer, sales agent, distributor, DVD/book publisher, curator - in order to create the maximum opportunities around the globe for her dearest filmmakers.
The films she represents have been shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals such as Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Animafest Zagreb, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Krakow, Transilvania, Hiroshima, Ottawa, Busan, Annecy.
The Great Rabbit by Atsushi Wada, her second co-production, won the Silver Bear Award for the Best Short Film at the 62nd Berlin FIlm Festival. She has just had the world premiere at the 64th Berlin Film Festival of WONDER by Mirai Mizue, her first crowdfunding project, and is currently developing several new co-production projects.
A DVD/Blu-Ray compilation of CaRTe bLaNChe short animated films is released annually in France since 2013 and the Volume 2 is scheduled to launch at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2014.