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.

Source: ANN

GKIDS Licenses The Deer King Anime Film

The Fandom Post is reporting that GKIDS has licensed The Deer King anime film.

The film is directed by Masashi Ando based on the screenplay by Taku Kishimoto. Masayuki Miyaji is serving as an assistant director while Ando is also handling the character designs. Production I.G. is working on the animation production.

The story of The Deer King is described as:

The tribal homelands of the “Lost Antlers” are under siege — they’ve become the latest target of the Empire, an oppressive and unsurmountable enemy. Van leads his warriors into a losing battle all the same, quickly finding himself enslaved, toiling away at a salt mine. A chance for freedom comes one night when a mysterious pack of wild dogs attacks, and Van escapes the mine with a young girl, whom he takes under his protection. However, the wild dogs brought more than Van’s freedom: they carried a devastating plague with them, which begins to spread throughout the land. With an even greater enemy in sight, Van unites with the genius doctor Hohsalle and others to unravel the secrets of the plague and find a cure.

Source: The Fandom Post

The Deer King, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, and Poupelle of Chimney Town Films to Compete at Annecy

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has announced the official selection of films that will compete at the 2021 event. Masashi Ando’s The Deer King (Shika no Ō), Kotaru Tamura’s Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, and Yusuke Hirota’s Poupelle of Chimney Town will compete in the Features category.

Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa’s Japan Sinks: 2020 anime series is competing in the TV Films category. The anime had also been selected to compete in the TV Films category last year.

Established in 1960, Annecy is the world’s oldest and largest animation film festival. This year’s event will run from June 14-19, 2021 in the French town of the same name, and it will celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary.

Source: ANN