Expanded Animation Logo

Logo Animation by AC-bu

“Expanded Animation” Exhibition

presented by Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion

in association with

ANNECY FESTIVAL
2021 JUNE 14 mon. - 19 sat.
MIFA
2021 JUNE 15 tue. - 18 fri.

Curatorial Theme

Expanded Animation

Thanks to advances in information and communications technology, most notably the internet, animation expressions and techniques have changed tremendously. Meanwhile, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed the ways and places in which we create and consume media, too. These changes have deepened the role and importance of animation, and inspired various never-before-seen concepts and expressions in the medium. This exhibit, from the Japan Media Arts Festival, run by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, aims to introduce Japan’s movement of “Expanded Animation” and the bold works of its energetic creators to the world.

OKAMOTO Mitsuko

Director, Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion Animation Division
June 2021

Screening Program

© WARP RECORDS © AC-bu
© 2019 Hikaru Morishige / Daisuke Ozasa
© 2020 MomokaFurukawahara
© ECHOES.Ltd
© shinichirookae
© 2018 Tomoki MISATO / Tokyo University of the Arts
© Sumito Oowara, Shogakukan / Eizouken Committee

The Screening Program is centered around 24th Japan Media Arts Festival award winners that give a feel for the new possibilities animation has to offer, plus Japan’s unique animation methods.
* MIFA badge holders only.

VR Experience

© Jonathan Hagard
© 2020 TONOFON INC.
© 2020 WOWOW / CinemaLeap

Animation has flown off the screen and onto a range of new platforms like VR and 360-degree films. This program introduces new VR experiences from Japan.

Online Events

This program features online sessions including a panel discussion with directors of the world’s three largest animation festivals, workshops for animation students, and multiple talks centered around the theme of “Expanded Animation.”

MIFA Partners Conference
Panel: The Changing Face of Animation Festivals

MIFA Partners Conference

The Covid-19 pandemic forced a huge number of festivals online in 2020. Is the online form temporary, or will it continue even post-pandemic? Meanwhile, changes in modern art and platforms are contributing to the spread of animation, and leading to its integration into other forms such as games. How should animation festivals evolve in response to these changes? The directors of three major international animation festivals and the director of the Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion will explore those issues in this panel discussion.
* MIFA badge holders only.

Panelist

Marcel JEAN
Artistic Director,
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Daniel ŠULJIĆ
Artistic Director,
World Festival of Animation Film Animafest Zagreb
Chris ROBINSON
Artistic Director,
Ottawa International Animation Festival

Special Guest

YAMAMURA Koji
Director,
Hiroshima Festival Media Arts Division

Moderator

OKAMOTO Mitsuko
Director,
Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion Animation Division

MIFA Campus:
Animate to Communicate
- Approaches for making better animation -

MIFA Campus

During the 2019 Annecy Festival, we held our first Animation Bootcamp in Europe at Les Papeteries. This year, we are taking the workshop online for those of you who want to express art in the form of drawings.
* MIFA badge holders only.

Instructor

INAMURA Takeshi
Supervising Animator, STUDIO PONOC, Inc.
JENA (Japan Educational Network of Animation) Certified Instructor

Moderator

TAKEUCHI Koji
Animation Producer
Festival Director, Tokyo Anime Award Festival
Former President, Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd.

Talk

Three talk sessions with artists, critics and other experts delving deep into Japanese animation’s dynamic evolution, touching on themes such as the expansion of generations, genre and screens.

Animation That Grows Up With You: A Girls’ Anime Franchise Turns 20

SATO
Junichi Director
FUJITSU
Ryouta Anime Critic

Live-Action Meets Animation: Creating On-Gaku: Our Sound

IWAISAWA
Kenji Director
DOI
Nobuaki Animation Researcher
Critic/Producer

VR, AR, and MR: New Screen Possibilities

YUHARA
Kazuki Illustrator/Animator
Game Designer
MACHIBA
Katsutoshi XR Content Producer

Credit

Direction
OKAMOTO Mitsuko
Organization
Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Government of Japan
Project Administration
Visual Industry
Promotion Organization
Logo Design and Animation
AC-bu
English Translation
English Lyrics for “WHAT IS ART APPRECIATION?”
Matt SCHLEY
Web Production
Soulmates Interactive Inc.
(OHFUSA Yuma, OKAZAKI Tomoe)
Talk Series Video Production
SAITO Kohei
MIFA Partners Conference and MIFA Campus Video Production
TAKFILM (TAKAHATA Atsushi, KIDOKORO Yuichi)