Makoto Shinkai’s new anime gets APSA nomination

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

Makoto Shinkai’s new anime “Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below” was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film award at the 5th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the APSA Academy announced.

The live-action film “Norwegian Wood” was nominated for the Achievement in Cinematography category, while “I Was Worth 50 Sheep,” which was jointly produced by Japan, Sweden and the United States, was mentioned in the Best Documentary Feature Film category.

The best animated feature category is one of the main divisions of the APSA, with five titles nominated each year.

Other titles nominated this year include Russia’s “The Ugly Duckling,” the full computer graphics animation “RPG Metanoia” from the Philippines, South Korea’s “Madangeul Naon Amtak” and “Tatsumi,” a Singaporean feature about the Japanese “gekiga” (dramatic pictures) artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

Three of the five nominated titles came from Japan last year, but animations from elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region have rapidly gained momentum in recent years.

Because the APSA is held with the help of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), the accolades are awarded to the producers of the winning titles.

For “Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below,” producer Noritaka Kawaguchi, chief executive officer of CoMix Wave Films Inc., was mentioned in the best animation feature category. Kawaguchi was also responsible for Shinkai’s “5 Centimeters Per Second,” which won the accolade in 2007.

Actress Kaori Momoi will be included on the jury for the Best Feature Film category.

The award-giving ceremony will be held on Nov. 24 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center in Australia.

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