Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, The Deer King, and Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist Films Win Awards at Fantasia International Film Festival

Montreal’s 25th Fantasia International Film Festival has announced the winners for this year’s festival. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Gyokō no Nikuko-chan) won the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” award as a Special Mention. The Deer King won the Bronze Audience Award for Best Animated Film. Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist won the Bronze Audience Award for Best Documentary.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Studio 4°C’s anime film of Kanako Nishi’s Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel opened on June 11, 2021. The film will compete in the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), which will take place from September 22-October 3, 2021.

Shika no Ō: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi (The Deer King: The Promised Journey With Yuna), 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, and it was later scheduled to open on September 10, 2021. Unfortunately, that premiere has been canceled due to COVID-19, as of this writing, a new premiere date has not been announced. The film screened in June 2021 in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

The French documentary film Satoshi Kon, l’illusionniste (previously titled Satoshi Kon: La Machine À Rêves) by director Pascal-Alex Vincent had its world premiere at the Festival de Cannes 2021, which took place from July 6-17, 2021.

The virtual film festival streamed from August 5-25, 2021.

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Fantasia International Film Festival to Screen The Deer King Anime Film and Fire Craft Anime Short

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.

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Fantasia International Film Festival Announces Anime Films It Will Be Screening

Montreal’s 25th Fantasia International Film Festival has announced that it will screen the following anime films, all of which will be North American premieres:

  • Poupelle of Chimney Town
  • Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Gyokō no Nikuko-chan)
  • Pompo: The Cinéphile

Poupelle of Chimney Town, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, and Pompo: The Cinéphile have been nominated in the Feature Film Category of the festival’s Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation.

The virtual film festival will stream from August 5-25, 2021.

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Anime Winners at the Fantasia International Film Festival

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed its winners for this year’s festival. Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU’s Ride Your Wave film won the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” award for Best Animated Feature, while Fuminori Kizaki and Polygon Pictures’ Human Lost film won the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” award as a Special Mention.

Ride Your Wave opened in Japan on June 21, 2019 and ranked at #9 in its opening weekend. The film won the Best Animation Film award at the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Golden Goblet Awards in June 2019.

FUNimation Entertainment will screen the Human Lost film in theaters in the United States in Fall 2019 before it opens in Japan. The anime is scheduled for global release in October and November of 2019. Anime Expo screened the North American English-subtitled premiere for the film. Human Lost also screened out of competition at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2019.

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Penguin Highway Film Wins the Satoshi Kon Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed its winners for this year’s festival. Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido’s anime film adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi’s penguin highway novel won the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” award for Best Animated Feature.

Hiroyasu Ishida, who directed Colorido’s “Hinata no Aoshigure” and “Fumiko’s Confession” shorts, directed the film as his first feature-length directorial work. Yōjirō Arai designed the characters for the film. Makoto Ueda, who wrote and supervised the scripts for anime adaptations of Morimi’s The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short, Walk On Girl novels, returned to pen the script for this film. Umitarō Abe composed the music.

penguin highway is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on August 17, 2018.

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Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival Screens the Aragne: Sign of Vermilion Anime Film

The Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada screened Saku Sakamoto’s Aragne: Sign of Vermilion (Aragne no Mushikago) film, as well as Shin’ya Sugai’s “Walking Meat” short anime on July 15, 2018. The screening of Aragne: Sign of Vermilion at the festival was the film’s world premiere.

Sakamoto directed the film based on his original concept and script. He also personally produced the animation and music for the film. Film director and author Osamu Fukutani supervised production.

Kana Hanazawa voices the film’s heroine Rin. Other cast members include Ayana Shiramoto as the mysterious girl Nasuha, Yousuke Itou as folklore researcher Tokiyo, Fukujurō Katayama as the shaman Saion, and Shōgo Batori as Mikaya, a young man with secrets.

The staff ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to help fund the anime on the Japanese crowdfunding platform Makuake. The project met its 2 million yen (about US$17,800) goal in March 2017. The staff then ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for an English translation and funds to screen the film at festivals. The campaign ran from September to October 2017.

Sakamoto began working as a freelance anime creator in 2002. He directed NHK’s Minna no Uta. He also worked on 3D computer graphics for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and created a tourism anime short for Matsuyama City in 2014.

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“Cocolors” Anime Short Wins Satoshi Kon Award at Fantasia International Film Festival

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed its winners for this year’s festival. Toshihisa Yokoshima’s “Cocolors” short film won the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” award for a short film. The “Cocolors” short is the second installment in Kamikaze Douga’s Gasoline Mask/em> project.

Takahide Hori’s “Junk Head” stop-motion film earned a Special Mention in the Satoshi Kon Award for a feature film.

Additionally, Kenji Kamiyama’s Napping Princess (Ancien and the Magic Tablet) anime film won the Gold Prize for the “Best Animated Feature Film” audience award. Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu over the wall anime film won the Silver Prize in same category, and his Night is Short, Walk On Girl anime film won the Bronze Prize in the same category.

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Anime to Be Screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival

The Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed that it will be screening three anime:

  • Mitsuyo Seo’s Momotaro, Sacred Sailors anime film (Canadian premiere)
  • Yoshimi Itazu’s Pigtails anime film (Canadian premiere)
  • Takashi Nakamura and Michael Arias’ Harmony anime film

This year’s festival will be held from July 14-August 3, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.

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Miss Hokusai Wins Three Awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival

Keiichi Hara’s Miss Hokusai anime film received the Sequences Award for best Asian feature film, the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature film, and the Gold Audience Award for best animated feature film at the 19th annual Fantasia International Film Festival, which ran from July 14-August 5, 2015 in Montreal.

The Satoshi Kon Award recognizes Excellence in Animation in the animated feature category. The Sequences Award is given by an independent jury of three film critics from the Quebecois film magazine Séquences. This jury for this year’s award included Guillaume Potvin, Pascal Grenier, and Maxime Labrecque.

The Audience Awards recognize three films in each competition category at the festival. Shunji Iwai’s The Case of Hana & Alice (Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken) received the Bronze Audience Award for best animated feature film.

Both Miss Hokusai and The Case of Hana & Alice made their North American premiere at the festival.

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Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival Adds North American Premiere of The Case of Hana & Alice Film

The 19th annual Fantasia International Film Festival’s official website has added The Case of Hana & Alice anime film to its lineup. This screening marks the film’s North American premiere.

The Case of Hana & Alice (Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken) is Shunji Iwai’s animated prequel to his 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice.

The Case of Hana & Alice opened in Japan in February 2015. The film also competed at the 39th Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2015.

The Fantasia International Film Festival is taking place July 14-August 4, 2015 in Montreal.

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