Crunchyroll parent company Ellation’s VRV streaming has announced that it has added the Patema Inverted and A Letter to Momo anime films from GKIDS to its VRV Select channel. Both films are available with both English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
Patema Inverted was released by GKIDS in North America in November 2014.
A Letter to Momo was released on home video by New Video Group in October 2014.
A Production I.G. USA representative has announced the U.S. premiere dates for the A Letter to Momo film in select theaters.
The film will screen at the following theaters:
- The Wooly – Gainesville, FL (opens August 21, 2014)
- Landmark TBD – Denver, CO (August 22, 2014)
- Gene Siskel Film Center – Chicago, IL (August 29, 2014)
- Landmark Nuart Theatre – Los Angeles, CA (August 29, 2014)
- Landmark E Street – Washington, DC (August 29, 2014)
- Landmark Kendall Square – Boston, MA (August 29, 2014)
- Landmark Edina – Minneapolis, MN (August 29, 2014)
- Landmark Midtown Art – Atlanta, GA (August 29, 2014)
- Landmark Varsity – Seattle, WA (September 5, 2014)
- Landmark TBD – San Francisco, CA (September 5, 2014)
- Landmark Shattuck Cinemas – Berkeley, CA (September 5, 2014)
- Landmark TBD – San Diego, CA (September 5, 2014)
- Landmark Ritz at the Bourse – Philadelphia, PA (September 5, 2014)
- Cedar Lee Theatre – Cleveland, OH (September 14, 2014)
- Jean Cocteau Cinema – Santa Fe, NM (September 19, 2014)
- Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM (September 19, 2014)
- Salt Lake City Library Theater – Salt Lake City, UT (December 6, 2014)
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival will be screening the A Letter to Momo anime film on Saturday, April 12, 2014 and Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the St. Anthony Main Theater.
Ticket information is available at the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul’s official website.
The IFC Center theater in New York City will be holding a film retrospective for films released by GKids over the past five years. The films included in the retrospective are:
- Welcome to the Space Show
- A Letter to Momo
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Summer Wars
- From Up on Poppy Hill
The films will open on December 20, 2013 and will play through January 2, 2014.
The A Letter to Momo anime film won the Second Children Jury’s Prize in the Animated Feature Film category at the 30th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. First prize was awarded to Thomas Bodenstein’s Knight Rusty from Germany.
The festival was held October 26-November 3, 2013.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards.
A Letter to Momo and The Wind Rises have both been nominated in the Best Animated Feature category; these films will be competing against Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, Monsters University, and The Croods.
Kitaro Kousaka has been nominated for “Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production” for his work on The Wind Rises. Miyazaki has been nominated for “Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production” for The Wind Rises.
Additionally, Katsuhiro Otomo is being awarded thw Winsor McCay Award alongside Steven Spielberg and Phil Tippett. This award is “given to individuals in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical work, music, professional teaching, and for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.”
The awards will be presented at UCLA in Los Angeles on February 1, 2014.
Anime News Network is reporting that GKids has begun screening the A Letter to Momo anime film at the Laeemmle NoHo 7 theater in North Hollywood.
The film will be screened for one week in this Los Angeles County theater in order to qualify for the Academy Awards consideration.