Mirai Wins Award at Stuttgart Animated Film Festival

Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai film won the AniMovie award for best animated feature film at the International Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film in Germany. The film was in competition with nine other nominees, drawn from a list of 60 submissions. The film is the first anime feature film to win the award in five years since Makoto Shinkai’s The Garden of Words won the award in 2014. Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo also won the award in 2010.

Mirai won the Animation of the Year award at the 42nd annual Japan Academy Prizes in March 2-18. The film also won the Best Animated Independent Feature category for the 46th Annual Annie Awards. The film was nominated for the Animated Feature Film category of the 91st Academy Awards, but did not win.

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GKIDS Adds More U.S. Screenings for the Mirai Film on February 18, 2019

GKIDS has announced that it is bringing back screenings of Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai anime film in select North American theaters beginning on February 18, 2019. The anime’s official English website has a regularly updated list of screenings.

GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening Mirai in 700 U.S. theaters on November 29, 2018, and the film also screened on December 5 and December 8, 2018. GKIDS also held its own theatrical release in the United States on November 30, 2018. The film’s North American screenings earned US$672,652.

The film was recently nominated for the Animated Feature Film category of the 91st Academy Awards, which will be held on February 24, 2019. The film also recently won the Best Animated Independent Feature category for the 46th Annual Annie Awards.

Mirai opened in Japanese theaters in July 2018.

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Mirai Wins the Annie Award for Best Animated Independent Feature

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners for its 46th Annual Annie Awards on February 2, 2019, and Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai anime film won the Best Animated Independent Feature category. Hosoda himself was in attendance and accepted the award. He explained how his own children inspired the story for the film in his acceptance speech.

Other films nominated in the category were Studio 4°C and Ankama’s MFKZ (Mutafukaz), Ce Magnifique Gâteau !, Ruben Brandt, Collector, and Tito and the Birds.

ASIFA-Hollywood added the Best Animated Independent Feature award for the 2016 awards in order to “recognize not only features in wide release, but also the independent animators, international studios, anime and special productions that might not otherwise get the attention they deserve.”

Mirai also received a nomination in the “Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production” category, but Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman won the award for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The Annie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in animation.

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Mirai Anime Film Nominated for the Animated Feature Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards. Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu’s anime film Mirai received a nomination in the Animated Feature Film category. The other nominees in the category are Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s Liz and the Blue Bird; Nobuyuki Takeuchi, Akiyuki Simbo, and SHAFT’s Fireworks; Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU’s Lu over the wall and Night is Short, Walk On Girl; Isamu Imakake and HS Pictures Studio’s The Laws of the Universe: Part 1; Studio 4°C and Ankama’s MFKZ; and Mari Okada and P.A. Works’ Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms were all submitted for the award.

The 91st annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2019.

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Mirai Anime Film Wins the Florida Film Critics Award for Best Animated Film

The Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) has announced the winners for this year’s Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, and Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai anime film won the Best Animated Film category. The other films nominated in the category were Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was the runner-up.

Mirai is also nominated in two categories for the 76th Annual Golden Globes, in two categories at the 46th Annual Annie Awards, and in the Best Animated Feature category for the the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

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12 Days of Anime: Day 6

Even though I watched a bit of anime over the course of 2018, I only watched one anime film that I had never seen before. This one film also served as my first introduction to one of Mamoru Hosoda’s works.

My husband and I were at the library in November 2018, and we saw a copy of Wolf Children sitting on the shelf. We’d both seen trailers for the film on various FUNimation Entertainment home video releases that we’d watched, and we were both curious to see the film. My husband checked it out, and I believe we watched the movie that night.

After watching the film, I thought there was a compelling story and engaging characters. It was interesting to watch the two children as they grew and seeing how their personalities shift over the course of the film. I also admired Hana as a character, being a single mother trying to raise two children who part wolf and not knowing how to handle the wolf part.

If Wolf Children is any indication of Hosoda’s work, then I’ve been missing out and I need to see more of his films.

Mirai Earns US$672,652 in U.S. Screenings

Box Office Mojo is listing that Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai anime film has earned US$672,652 between November 29 and December 8, 2018.

GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening the film in 700 U.S. theaters on November 29, 2018, and the film also screened on December 5 and December 8, 2018. GKIDS also held its own theatrical release in the United States on November 30, 2018. Box Office Mojo lists earnings for other days as well between November 29 and December 9, 2018.

Mirai is nominated in the Best Motion Picture – Animated category for the 76th Annual Golden Globes on January 6, 2019, and is also nominated in two categories for the 46th Annual Annie Awards on February 2, 2019.

Source: ANN