The organizers of the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF) have announced that this year’s event will take place from from September 21-23, 2018 at Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center. The staff also unveiled the festival’s film lineup, which includes three North American premieres: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! the Movie: Take on Me, Shōnen Hollywood: Holly Stage for You Complete Edition, and King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! the Movie: Take on Me (Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me) will screen on opening night.
Shōnen Hollywood creator Ikuyo Hashiguchi will attend the festival for a Q&A session.
Other films being screened during the festival include:
- your name.
- Night is Short, Walk On Girl
- Lu over the wall
- Mind Game
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Only Yesterday
- Pom Poko
- My Neighbors the Yamadas
- The Tale of Princess Kaguya
- Mary and The Witch’s Flower
- Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone
- Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance
- Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
The English dub of Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower anime film is now streaming on Netflix in the United States.
GKIDS and Fathom Events opened the anime in U.S. theaters on January 18, 2018. The film had earned US$1,167,431 on its January 18, 2018 opening day, and ranked number three on that day’s box office. The film earned US$1.9 million as of February 9, 2018, making it GKIDS’ most successful theatrical release yet.
GKIDS and Fathom Events screened the film again for two days on February 24 and 26, 2018 in select theaters. GKIDS released the film on home video in North America on May 1, 2018.
The film opened in Japan in July 2017 and has earned 3 billion yen (US$28 million).
Fathom Events has announced that Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower anime film has earned a total box office gross of US$1.9 million in the United States. The total gross makes this film GKIDS’ most successful theatrical release.
GKIDS and Fathom Events opened the anime in U.S. theaters on January 18, 2018. The film had earned US$1,167,431 on its opening day, and ranked #3 on that day’s box office. The film earned US$1,497,483 as of January 21, 2018.
GKIDS and Fathom Events are planning a new two-day screening of Mary and the Witch’s Flower on February 24 and 26, 2018 in select theaters.
Ticketing service Fandango and various United States theater chains are listing new screenings for Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower anime film on February 24, 2018 and February 26, 2018. The film will screen with an English dub on February 24, 2018 and with English subtitles on February 26, 2018.
Fandango and the theater chains are also listing a new Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 event by GKIDS and Fathom Events. The films will screen both with an English dub and with English subtitles. Each film will screen on three days on the following dates:
- Ponyo: March 25, 26, and 28, 2018
- The Cat Returns: April 22, 23, and 25, 2018
- Porco Rosso: May 20, 21, and 23, 2018
- Pom Poko: June 17, 18, and 20, 2018
- Princess Mononoke: July 22, 23, and 25, 2018
- My Neighbor Totoro: September 30, October 1, and October 3, 2018
- Spirited Away: October 28, 29, and 30, 2018
- Castle in the Sky: November 18, 19, and 20, 2018
Box Office Mojo is listing Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower anime film with total box office earnings of US$1,497,483 in the United States as of January 21, 2018. GKIDS and Fathom Events opened the anime in U.S. theaters on January 18, 2018, when it grossed US$1,167,431, and it earned another US$330,052 on January 19-21, 2018. On January 18, 2018, the film had a per-screen average of US$2,037 in 573 theaters.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower opened in Japan in July 2017 and has earned 3 billion yen (US$28 million).
The Japan Academy Prize Association for excellence in film has announced the nominees for the 41st annual awards. The five films nominated for Animation of the Year are:
- Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?
- Napping Princess
- Mary and The Witch’s Flower
- Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter
- Night is Short, Walk On Girl
The Nippon Academy-Sho Association, a Japanese group roughly comparable to America’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Oscars fame, presents the Japan Academy Prizes every year. The nominees all receive “Awards of Excellence,” but the actual top award in each category will be presented in a ceremony on March 2, 2018 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo.
Movies are eligible if they opened in Japan between December 16, 2016, and December 15, 2017.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the nominees for its 45th Annual Annie Awards. Sunao Katabuchi’s In This Corner of the World and Kenji Kamiyama’s Napping Princess both received nominations in the Best Animated Feature-Independent category. The other nominees are Loving Vincent, The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, and The Breadwinner.
Studio Ponoc’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower also received nominations in the “Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production” and “Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production” categories. The production designers up for the award include Tomotaka Kubo, Tomoya Imai, and Satoko Nakamura. The original scriptwriters Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Riko Sakaguchi as well as the adapted script writers David Freedman and Lynda Freedman are listed for the writing award.
ASIFA-Hollywood added the Best Animated Feature-Independent 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.”
The Annie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in animation. The awards ceremony will be held on February 3, 2018.