The North American Film Awards (NAFA) has announced that Pigtails, Production I.G’s animated short film based on Machiko Kyō’s Mitsuami no Kami-sama (Braided Pig-Tail Deity) manga, was awarded the Special Jury Award for this year’s awards. It was one of 39 winners.
The short made its international debut in April 2016 at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, where it won the Platinum Remi Award in the Classic Cel Animation Category. The 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival also screened the short from July-August 2016 in Montreal. The film screened at the New York Japan CineFest event on June 2, 2017.
The goal of NAFA is to recognize achievements in independent filmmaking. The awards are decided by a jury of industry professionals from the United States and Canada.