Kōji Yamamura was born in 1964, Nagoia. He is an independent animator, director, script writer and producer. He studied painting at Tokyo Zokei University. While a student, he has worked in art assistance and special effects modeling for Majors movies. After graduation, he started his career as an animation background artist at Mukuo Studio. In 1993, he founded Yamamura Animation, Inc. with his wife Sanae. Yamamura has created many short animation films using a variety of techniques. His 2002 movie “Mt. Head” (“Atama Yama”) won the short film award for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Also “Mt. Head” was selected as one of the 100 films for a century of animation and the 50 Best Animated Films for 50 Years of ASIFA. He is only one grand prix winner in 5 major international animation festivals in the world. He has jury, lecture and held workshops at numbers of international film festivals for popularizing and advancement of art animation. He has worked on many commissions such as music videos, television advertisements, title sequences and station idents. He is also a regular illustrator of children’s literature and textbooks.
He is currently a sub-chairman of the Japan Animation Association (JAA) and a member of the board of directors of the Japanese branch of the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA), and has been a visiting professor of Hijiyama Univeresity Junior College, department of Fine Arts since 2013, a visiting professor of Tokyo Zokei University since 2004 and a professor of Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts, department of Animation since 2008.