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Curated Program for 2020 ANIMATIONISM
- All Creativity Welcomed -
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This program is a sequence of 5 short animation films created by leading Japanese animators of today. The program represents our curation theme of this year, “ANIMATIONISM - All Creativity Welcomed -”, depicting the the diversity of Japanese animation.

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ANIMATIONISM-All Creativity Welcomed- June 20th / 21st Free Online!

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Curated Program ANIMATIONISM
- All Creativity Welcomed -

Currently, in the Japanese animation scene, there is a "state of a wide variety of unique things." Works for all target audiences, from adults to children, featuring many different themes and motifs have been produced. Each creator has ambitious challenges, from artistic expression to entertainment, and expression in new media forms such as VR. The audiences are welcoming it. That is exactly what Japanese "ANIMATIONISM" is.
In this program, from among the winning short animations from the Animation Division of the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival, which is held every year in Japan, we chose works where the personality of the creators is especially visible and interesting, and the challenge of expression is being made.
The five works are: "The Last Episode," which shows the birth and joy of life and human history in a condensed 3 minutes and 43 seconds. "A Japanese Boy Who Draws" comically expresses manga and anime culture at the same time as personal history. "Dreams into Drawing" lightly depicts the relationship between consciousness and unconsciousness. "CASTLE" is a dynamic and large-scale drawing animation. Lastly, "NORMAN THE SNOWMAN -The Northern Light-” shines in its detailed craftwork.
I hope you can feel the creativity of each work and the energy of the Japanese animation scene from which they come.

Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion Animation division
Director OKAMOTO Mitsuko

  • The Last Episode

    2019/3min43sec

    nuQ

    JMAF 23rd Animation Division / Jury Selections

    ©2019nuQ

    The last episode of Ichiro and Futako’s story. Futako, made from bits of materials from a firework, is bound to go up in the sky and demolished for good, for this year’s summer firework festival. As she forgets her destiny as a firework, she came up with a special ritual to force reincarnation. This work focuses the liveliness of of the most shortest life on earth.

    Creator's File
  • A Japanese Boy Who Draws

    2018/20min

    KAWAJIRI Masanao

    JMAF 23rd Animation Division / Excellence Award

    ©Nekonigashi Inc.

    The animator experiments to depict a story of a boy who dreams of becoming an Manga artist by showing the transition of animation images, how a child’s picture develops as he grow into an adulthood. Mocumentary as well as an experimental animation.

    Creator's File
  • Dreams into Drawing

    2019/10min10sec

    YAMAMURA Koji

    JMAF 23rd Animation Division / Jury Selections

    ©Yamamura Animation

    One day he was sketching out a carp, just at that moment he slept and he became a carp in dream. A carp was enjoy to swimming, but a fisherman caught that carp...
    Based on KUWAGATA KEISAI's Ways to Sketch and UEDA AKINARI's ‘Muo no Rigyo’, Tales of Moon and Rain, KEISAI himself is appeared in animation.

    Creator's File
  • CASTLE

    2019/5min

    MIYAJIMA Ryotaro

    JMAF 23rd Animation Division / Jury Selections

    ©Miyajima Animation

    During the period of the 'Provinces at war', many lives were lost. A castle architect discovers the possible role of a tea room as a place for warriors to regain humanity.

    Creator's File
  • NORMAN THE SNOWMAN-The Northern Light -

    2013/25min

    YASHIRO Takeshi

    ©TAIYO KIKAKU Co., Ltd. / EXPJ Ltd.

    As the first snow falls on a town in the northern country, a boy sneaks out of his house to board a northbound train with his friend, “Norman the Snowman.” They are off to witness the beautiful wonders of nature that Norman had always talked about.

  • GON, THE LITTLE FOX*Trailer with English subtitle

    JMAF 23rd Animation Division / Excellence Award

    ©TAIYO KIKAKU Co., Ltd. / EXPJ Ltd.

    When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs by secretly bringing small gifts to the young man every day. But Hyoju doesn’t realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two are headed for a heartbreaking climax.

    Creator's File