French animated short “La Detente” wins at Sapporo film festival

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

“La Detente,” a French animated short directed by Pierre Ducos and Bertrand Bey, won the best animation award at the 6th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market, which wrapped up its six-day run on Oct. 10.

The title is a critically acclaimed short film that has been showcased at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and other events.

Japanese anime did not win the award for two straight years.

“Logorama,” another French short that also won the Oscar for best animated short film at the 82nd Academy Awards, took the accolade last year.

In fact, no Japanese anime titles won prizes this year.

In 2011, 2,291 titles were submitted from 88 countries and regions. Four artists were selected for the filmmakers’ section, while 58 films made their way into the one title section of the international competition.

From Japan, Atsushi Wada was nominated for the filmmakers category, while Katsutoshi Kawabe’s “Kuromame no Sapporo Tanjo” was mentioned in the family and children section.
Seiji Ohara’s “Concrete Savanna,” Wataru Uekusa’s “The Tender March,” Mirai Mizue’s “Tatamp,” Asuka Shirata’s “An Affectionate Summer” and Hiroyasu Ishida’s “Rain Town” were selected for the national program.

Among them, Wada won the excellence prize in the short animation category at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival with “In a Pig’s Eye.” His “The Mechanism of Spring” was selected in the Orizzonti short film competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

A member of Sapporo clay animation studio Qwifilm, Kawabe won the best children’s short award at the 2nd Sapporo short filmfest for his “Kuromame: The Magic Wand.”
Uekusa created “The Tender March” when he was a sophomore at the department of animation of the Graduate School of Film and New Media at the Tokyo University of the Arts.

Ishida attracted attention with his “Rain Town” following his critically acclaimed “Fumiko’s Confession.”

“Tatamp” is the latest anime project by Mizue, a prolific, multiple-award winner whose works have been featured at film festivals at home and abroad.

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