Animation Is Film Festival to Screen Anime Films

The official website for GKIDS, Annecy, and Variety magazine’s Animation Is Film Festival has announced that the France-Luxembourg animated film of Jiro Taniguchi’s The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga will open the festival in Los Angeles on October 22, 2021. The film’s North American premiere screening with an in-person Q&A by director Patrick Imbert will be followed by the U.S. premiere for the anime film of Shogo Sugitani’s Pompo: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san) manga.

The festival is hosting the West Coast premiere of Mamoru Hosoda’s BELLE (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime) anime film along with the world premiere of the English dub for Poupelle of Chimney Town on October 23, 2021. Hosoda will hold an in-person Q&A session with the screening of BELLE. The Deer King (U.S. premiere), Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Los Angeles premiere), and My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes’ Mission (North American premiere) will also screen on October 24, 2021.

The Animation Is Film Festival will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Los Angeles from October 22-24, 2021.

Source: ANN

Vancouver International Film Festival to Screen the Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko Anime Film

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will screen Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Studio 4°C’s anime film of Kanako Nishi’s Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel, on October 9 and October 11, 2021. The film will screen at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on October 9, 2021 and at the Vancity Theatre at the VIFF Centre on October 11, 2021.

The story of the film is described as:

In this spirited rebellion against patriarchal culture’s body-shaming and denial of pleasure to women, Nikuko (‘Meat-girl,’ voiced by Shinobu Ōtake) is a plus-sized single mother who adores food, Japanese wordplay, and shifty men, and never loses her joie de vivre. After drifting half her life with daughter Kikuko (voiced by Cocomi, daughter of SMAP megastar Takuya Kimura), Nikuko settles in an idyllic fishing village, and finds work at a yakiniku joint. Kikuko’s dreamy coming-of-age is jolted by a big secret in Nikuko’s past.

Ayumu Watanabe directed the anime at Studio 4°C. Satomi Ooshima wrote the script. Kenichi Konishi was the character designer and chief animation director. Sanma Akashiya planned and produced the film.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko opened in Japanese theaters on June 11, 2021.

Source: ANN

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.

Source: ANN

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko Anime Film to Compete at Ottawa International Animation Festival’s Digital Event

The Ottawa International Animation Festival has announced that Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Studio 4°C’s anime film of Kanako Nishi’s Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel, is competing in the Animated Feature category at this year’s online event.

Ayumu Watanabe directed the anime at Studio 4°C. Satomi Ooshima wrote the script. Kenichi Konishi was the character designer and chief animation director.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko opened in Japanese theaters on June 11, 2021.

The other Japanese works competing in the festival are:

  • Yoriko Mizushiri’s “Anxious Body” (Non-Narrative Short Animation)
  • Honami Yano’s “Honekami (A Bite of Bone)” (Narrative Short Animation)
  • Mari Miyazawa’s “Konigiri-Kun Concert” (Animation for Preschool Audiences)
  • Liu Huanzi’s “Coin Adventure” (World Student Panorama)

The event will take place from September 22-October 3, 2021. An international, six-person jury will award winners on October 1, 2021.

Source: ANN

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.

Source: ANN