Koji Yamamura’s Ikuta no Kita anime film won the Contrechamp award at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Yoriko Mizushiri’s “Anxious Body” short won the Jury Mention in the Official Short Films category.

“Anxious Body” won the Jury Mention “for its beautifully crafted animation and its great physical experience.”

Ikuta no Kita screened in the Feature Films Contrechamp in Competition category this year. “Anxious Body” screened in the Official Short Films category along with Atsushi Wada’s “Bird in the Peninsula,” Honami Yano’s “A Bite of Bone,” and Ryō Hirano’s “KRASUE.”

The festival also screened the first episode of Shingo Natsume and Madhouse’s original science-fiction anime Sonny Boy in the TV Films category, but the episode did not win an award.

Other Japanese works in competition included Koji Yamamura’s “Polar Bear Bears Boredom” in the Young Audiences Short Films category.

Established in 1960, Annecy is the world’s oldest and largest animation film festival. This year’s event will run from June 13-18, 2022 in the French town of the same name.

Source: ANN