Lexus will be premiering the first of four films to kick off the third Lexus Short Films series at Tokyo Short Shorts. This exciting premiere will take place during the opening night ceremonies of the film festival, June 2nd. Selected from thousands of submissions, Alexis Michalik, has directed this short film Friday Night which captures and highlights this year’s Lexus Short Films series’ theme of “Anticipation.” Friday Night features a story about a mother named Claire who, while visiting her daughter who is studying in France, is thrown into the midst of a city-wide attack. In a place where she doesn’t speak the language or know her way around, she’s forced to navigate in the dark of night in a desperate search to find her daughter and ensure her safety.

Brussels, Belgium - This premiere will be followed by an after party at INTERSECT BY LEXUS - TOKYO, a unique space located in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, which allows guests to experience Lexus through design, art, fashion and culture. The after party will be hosted by Lexus to celebrate this achievement for Alexis as well as the third series of the Lexus Short Films overall. Representatives from Lexus will be in attendance as well as other prominent individuals who have played a part in producing this film and bringing it to life.

David Nordstrom, global branding department general manager of Lexus International, said, “We are thrilled to produce the Lexus Short Films Series with The Weinstein Company and this journey has been an incredible one thus far. Lexus appreciates the opportunity to provide support for these filmmakers to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness in their films overall.

After being featured at Tokyo Short Shorts, Friday Night, will premiere along with the other three films from the third series of Lexus Short Films during an exclusive World Premiere event at the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival. This event will be the first time all four films will be shown at the same time as they continue to be highlighted at screenings during other film festivals worldwide.

“The Weinstein Company strives to bring emerging filmmakers’ imaginations to life and boost their confidence and passion for film,” said The Weinstein Company COO and President David Glasser. “We are very excited for the world to experience and see these inspiring and unique films and hear their stories.”


In 2013, Lexus Short Films was launched with the goal of supporting and nurturing a new generation of emerging filmmakers. These aspiring directors and writers have received a unique opportunity supported by Lexus to collaborate with acclaimed film studio The Weinstein Company to produce and showcase their work on an international stage. For more information, visit lexusshortfilms.com.


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