Category Archives: Anime

AFI FEST 2016 Award Winners Announced

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi has announced the features and short films that received this year’s Jury and Audience Awards. Select award-winning films will screened again on November 17, 2016, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

New Auteurs Grand Jury Award: THE FUTURE PERFECT

New Auteurs Special Jury Mention for Acting: Oulaya Amamra for DIVINES

Grand Jury Award – Live Action Short: ICEBOX

Grand Jury Award – Animated Short: PUSSY

Live Action Short Special Mention for Comedic Narrative: HOUNDS

Live Action Short Special Mention for Documentary: THE SEND-OFF

Live Action Short Special Mention for Acting: DREAMING OF BALTIMORE

Live Action Short Special Mention for Cinematography: A THOUSAND MIDNIGHTS

Live Action Short Special Mention: SPEAKING IS DIFFICULT

Animated Short Special Jury Mention: SUMMER CAMP ISLAND

Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Mixed Media: DEER FLOWER

Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Visual Aesthetics: SUPERBIA

World Cinema Audience Award: LAND OF MINE

New Auteurs Audience Award: DIVINES

American Independents Audience Award: DONALD CRIED

Breakthrough Audience Award: DIVINES

Breakthrough Audience Award First Runner-Up: ONE WEEK AND A DAY

Breakthrough Audience Award Second Runner-Up: THE RED TURTLE

Pictured above: THE FUTURE PERFECT



Girls und Panzer Film Opens in U.S. on November 18 With San Francisco Premiere

Film distribution company Eleven Arts confirmed on Thursday that it will release the English dub of Girls und Panzer der Film in theaters on November 18. The company will hold the official premiere at the New People Cinema in San Francisco at 7:00 p.m. that day. The event will include a Q&A with the English dub‘s director after the film’s screening. Eleven Arts will announce more screenings in other theaters on Friday.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the film and previously announced plans to release the film in theaters in November. Sentai Filmworks also plans to reveal more details on “distribution, release date, and streaming offerings” at a later date.

The Girls und Panzer film is director Tsutomu Mizushima’s follow-up to his 2012 Girls und Panzer television anime about schoolgirls who learn to battle in tanks with other teams nationwide.


#ANIME NEWS: Top directors Hosoda and Iwai to take center stage at #TIFF

June 9, 2016 at 11:00 JST

Animated works by director Mamoru Hosoda are to be showcased in the Animation Focus program at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which will run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3.

The festival’s 2016 edition will also shine a spotlight on leading film director Shunji Iwai, who will provide the theme for the Japan Now section, which focuses on outstanding Japanese filmmakers.

Having celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, the TIFF, which was launched in 1985, is widely known as one of the leading film festivals held in Asia. In recent years, the festival has been putting extra emphasis on promoting Japanese culture trends including anime.

In 2014, the TIFF featured “Evangelion” anime creator Hideaki Anno in the Animation Focus program under the title of “The World of Hideaki Anno.” The festival also covered the “Mobile Suit Gundam” robot anime franchise last year.

Known for many hit anime films such as “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Summer Wars” and “The Boy and the Beast,” Hosoda will be the third anime creator to be featured in the Animation Focus program.

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“The Boy and the Beast” ((c) 2015 The Boy and the Beast Film Partners)

In addition to screening his recent films, the TIFF will also showcase Hosoda’s early works including “One Piece” and “Digimon Adventure” to offer a retrospective look at his career and wide-ranging creative expertise.

The Japan Now section deals with filmmakers most worthy of promoting internationally at the moment.

Known for “Love Letter,” his latest movie “A Bride for Rip Van Winkle” and other critically acclaimed films, Iwai is popular at home and abroad, particularly in Asia. He drew international attention with his animated feature film effort “Hana and Alice,” in 2015.

His artistic abilities will be brought to light in the program.

Details of the TIFF will be updated at its official website at (


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(Sourced and translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.)