Annecy International Animation Festival 2014

May 17, 2014

A Japan Party will be held at the Annecy International Animation Festival in Annecy, France. Japan Media Arts Festival will have a booth for presenting its activities at the MIFA: International Animation Film Market.

Japan Media Arts Festival will send the Grand Prize winner of 9th Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division, SAKAKIBARA Sumito to Annecy International Animation Film Festival as a result of being nominated for Short films in official competition.

SAKAKIBARA Sumito Born in Hokkaido, 1980. Lives and works in Nagano. Sakakibara grew up in Hokkaido, and went to UK when he was 15 years old. He graduated from MA Animation, Royal College of Art. He currently lives and works in Nagano after he finished residencies such as La maison des auteurs in Angoulême, 2006 and Sai Comics in Korea, 2007. Selected works include “Flow” (Grand Prize of the 9th Japan Media Arts Festival), “Kamiya’s Correspondence” and “In The pale Water”. “E in Motion No.2″ made through the Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators in 2013 was presented at 16th DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow exhibition and other places.

Annecy International Animation Festival: 

Dates: Monday June 9th – Saturday June 14th, 2014 
Venue: Place François de Menthon, Annecy, France

Japan Media Arts Festival Presentation at the Japan Party
The Annecy International Animation Festival, one of the world’s big four Festivals in the animation genre, began in 1960 when the animation division of the Cannes Film Festival split off to become an independent event. It is the official and oldest animation film festival of ASIFA, the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation.

The festival held in June each year is also known as the world’s largest and attracts animation people from every part of the globe. Besides the competition screenings, there is also a wide range of conferences, international film market, and other events. Japan Media Arts Festival will invite animation directors and others taking part in the festival to the Japan Party, where the festival’s activities and prize-winning works and their creators will be introduced.

*Japan Reception
Date: 11:00 – 12:30 Wednesday, June 11th, 2013 
Venue: MIFA Network Lounge Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2014

Official Selection *extract [Short films in competition]
“E Motion No.2″, SAKAKIBARA Sumito
“Anomalies”, WADA Atsushi (Jury Selection at Japan Media Arts Festival 2014)
“Wonder”, MIZUE Mirai (Jury Selection at Japan Media Arts Festival 2014) [Commissioned films in competition]
Nepia“Tissue Animals”, ARAI Fuyu
Sour “Life Is Music”, KAWAMURA Masashi, IGUCHI Kota
[Graduation films in competition]
“00:08″, KUBO Yutaro
“Ishikeri”, KUBO Yutaro
“Cycloid”, KUROGI Tomoki
“Waiter”, YAMADA Ryoji
[Feature films in competition]
“Giovanni no Shima”, NISHIKUBO Mizuho