Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2017 has announced that the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) will host a special program titled ANIME NEXT 100 during the festival. The program will celebrate 100 years of Japanese animation since 1917.
The program will screen short films and full-length films. The short films are from the National Film Center’s collection of classic animated works, which are available streaming online with English subtitles this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the oldest known Japanese animated short films. Annecy’s screening will include Noburo Ofuji’s “Haru no Uta” (“Spring Song,” 1931), Yasuji Murata’s “Manga Kobutori” (“The Lump,” 1929), Ikuo Oishi’s “Ponsuke no Haru” (“Spring Comes to Ponsuke,” 1934), Shigeji Ogino’s “Propagate” (1935), Kenzo Masaoka’s “Manga Shin Sarukanigassen” (“Monkey and Crabs,” 1939), and Mitsuyo Seo’s “Arichan” (“Arichan the Ant,” 1941). The program’s opener will be animator Franck Dion’s animated short based on late director Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of Senses film.
The full-length films that will screen in the program include Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (1988), Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue (1997), and Takeshi Shirato and Yoshinobu Nishizaki’s Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection (2009).
During the festival’s MIFA (Marche international du film d’animation) animation market on June 14, 2017. The ANIME NEXT 100 program will host presentations with themes of heritage, training, and the industry’s future.