Makoto Shinkai’s The Garden of Words won the award for the best animated feature film at the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film in Germany. The film competed in the feature film category of the festival’s AniMovie portion against 11 other films from Africa, France, Italy, Denmark, Norway, the United States and Belgium.
The Garden of Words follows the story of shoemaker-in-training Takao, who begins sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious older woman, and the two start meeting and deepening their relationship.
The film also won The Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation at the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival.