Three Anime Films Nominated for Annie Awards

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the nominees for its 47th Annual Annie Awards. Trigger and XFlag’s Promare, DLE and Madhouse’s Okko’s Inn, and Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You anime films received nominations in the Best Animated Independent Feature category. The other nominees in the category are Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles and I Lost My Body.

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.”

The Annie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in animation. The awards ceremony will be held on January 25, 2020.

Source: ANN

Four Anime Films Submitted for Consideration for the Animated Feature Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of 32 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. A maximum of five films from the list will receive the nomination.

These four anime films have been submitted for consideration:

  • Ayumu Watanabe and Studio 4°C’s Children of the Sea
  • Kitaro Kousaka, DLE, and Madhouse’s Okko’s Inn
  • Hiroyuki Imaishi and Trigger’s Promare
  • Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films’ Weathering With You

The Academy will reveal the nominations on January 13, 2020. The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be held on February 9, 2020.

Source: ANN

GKIDS and Shout! Factory to Release the Okko’s Inn Anime Film on Blu-ray and DVD

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release the Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 2, 2019. The film will also launch for digital download on the same day.

GKIDS and Fathom Events held United States screenings of the anime film on April 22-23, 2019. Screenings on April 22, 2019 had the English dub, while screenings on April 23, 2019 featured Japanese with English subtitles. The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) screened the world premiere of the film’s English dub on February 23, 2019, with another screening on March 10, 2019.

Canadian theater chain Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas are listing that they will screen the film in Canada in May 2019. Screenings on May 4, 2019 will be English-dubbed, while screenings on May 6, 2019 will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

The film opened in Japanese theaters in September 2018, and is based on writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami’s juvenile literature series.

Source: ANN

The Okko’s Inn and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection Anime Films to Also Screen in Canada in May 2019

Canadian theater chain Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas are listing that they will screen the Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film in Canada in May 2019. Screenings on May 4, 2019 will be English dubbed, while screenings on May 6, 2019 will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Locations and showtimes are available on the Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas websites.

Cineplex is also listing that it wills screen the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch) sequel anime film in May 2019. Screenings on May 5, 2019 will be in Japanese with English subtitles, while screenings on May 9 and 10, 2019 will be English dubbed. Locations and showtimes are available on the Cineplex website.

GKIDS and Fathom Events will hold United States screenings of the Okko’s Inn film on April 22-23, 2019. Screenings on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. local time will be English dubbed, while screenings on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

FUNimation Entertainment will screen the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection film in North America on May 5, 2019 (subtitled), and on May 7-8, 2019 (dubbed), after screening the film at Seattle’s Sakura-Con convention in April 2019.

Source: ANN

Winners Announced for the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival Awards

The Japanese government’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs has announced the winners of the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.

Manga Division

Grand Prize

  • Origin by Boichi

Excellence Award

  • Space Battleship Tiramisu by Satoshi Miyakawa and Kei Itō
  • Nagi no Oitoma by Misato Konari
  • Momo to Manji (Momo and Manji) by Sawa Sakura
  • Yūgure e (Toward the Twilight) by Nazuna Saitō

New Face Award

  • Kiiroi Tenpan (Yellow Disc) by Tenshin Kijima
  • La Différence invisible (Mienai Chigai: Watashi wa Asperger) by Julie Dachez and Mademoiselle Caroline
  • Metamorphose no Engawa (The Balcony of Metamorphose) by Kaori Tsurutani

The website also listed 32 Jury Selections in the Manga Division, including Shin’ichi Sakamoto’s Innocent Rouge, Yuhki Kamatani’s Shimanami Tasogare, Tsubasa Yamaguchi’s The Blue Period., and Rui Morita’s Warera Contactee, among others.

Animation Division

Grand Prize

  • La Chute by Boris Labbé (France)

Excellence Award

  • The Girl Without Hands (Otona no Grimm Dōwa – Te o Nakushia Shōjo) by Sebastien Laudenbach (France)
  • Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan (Hisone to Masotan) TV anime by Shinji Higuchi and Hiroshi Kobayashi (Japan)
  • penguin highway anime film by Hiroyasu Ishida (Japan)
  • Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film by Kitaro Kousaka (Japan)

New Face Award

  • Invisible (Tōmei Ningen) short film from Modest Heroes by Akhiko Yamashita (Japan)
  • Am I a Wolf? short film by Amir Houshang Mouein (Iran)
  • The Little Ship short film by Anastasia Makhlina (Russia)

The website also listed 30 Jury Selections in the Animation Division. The Jury Selections featured 14 Japanese works, including:

  • A Place Further Than the Universe (Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho – A Story that leads to the Antarctica)
  • The Spirits of Cairn (Cairn no Kubi-tachi)
  • I want to eat your pancreas (Kimi ni Suizō o Tabetai
  • Life Ain’t Gonna Lose (Samurai Egg)
  • My Little Goat
  • Mirai
  • Fluffiction (Mofu Mofiction)
  • Mogu & Perol (Mori Mori Shima no Mogu to Perol)
  • Liz and the Blue Bird (Liz to Aoi Tori)
  • B: The Beginning
  • DEVILMAN crybaby
  • Mimi
  • Somewhere Soft
  • Water in the Cup

Source: ANN

New York International Children’s Film Fest to Screen the Okko’s Inn and Penguin Highway Anime Films

The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) will screen the world premiere of the English dub of the Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film on February 23, 2019 and March 10, 2019. The festival will also screen Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido’s penguin highway anime film with English subtitles on February 24, March 2, and March 10, 2019.

Okko’s Inn opened in Japanese theaters on September 21, 2018. The film had previously screened in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2018 under the title Okko’s Inn, and also screened at Los Angeles’ Animation is Film Festival in October 2018.

GKIDS and Fathom Events will hold United States screenings of the film on April 22-23, 2019. Screenings on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. local time will be English dubbed, while screenings on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

The penguin highway film opened in Japanese theaters on August 17, 2018.

The film won the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” award for Best Animated Feature at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival in July 2018. The film has also been nominated for the Animated Theatrical Film Category of the VFX-Japan Awards.

Eleven Arts held the film’s United States premiere at Crunchyroll Expo in September 2018. Eleven Arts’ United States screenings of the film will begin on April 12, 2019. Screenings will begin in Canada on April 19, 2019.

Source: ANN

Okko’s Inn Anime Film to Open in the U.S. on April 22-23, 2019

GKIDS and Fathom Events have announced that they will hold United States screenings of the Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film on April 22-23, 2019. Screenings April 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. local time will be English dubbed, while screenings on April 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Okko’s Inn opened in Japanese theaters on September 21, 2018. The film had previously screened in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2018 under the title Okko’s Inn, and also screened at Los Angeles’ Animation is Film Festival in October 2018.

The film is based on writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami’s juvenile literature series. The books also inspired a 24-episode television anime that premiered on Japanese television in April 2018.

Source: ANN