Montreal’s 25th Fantasia International Film Festival has announced that it will screen The Deer King anime film.
The Deer King, the anime film of Nahoko Uehashi’s Shika no Ō (The Deer King) medical fantasy novel series was previously scheduled to open in Japan on September 18, 2020, but it will now open on September 10, 2021. Anime Limited plans to release the film in cinemas in the United Kingdom in 2021 if the COVID-19 situation permits. GKIDS will theatrically screen the film with both English subtitles and an English dub in North America in early 2022. The film screened in June 2021 in competition at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
“Fire Craft,” a short anime film project, launched on the crowdfunding platform MotionGallery in October 2016, aiming to create a 10-minute short using 2D CG animation. The short had a projected release date of November 2017, but had been delayed since. Naoki Matsuura, who has worked at Production I.G and ROBOT and as an episode director for Black Clover, directed the short.
The Deer King and “Fire Craft: have been nominated in the Feature Film Category and Short Film Category, respectively, of the festival’s Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation.
The virtual film festival will stream from August 5-25, 2021.