Sour short tops Digital Creators Contest

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

An animated short about a spiteful girl won the Grand Prix award at the Digital Creators Contest, a major prize aimed at supporting emerging animation artists.

Akitaro Daichi, the animation director who headed the jury panel, said Hiyori Naito’s “Uncle and Girl” got the top prize because of its unique drawings, but also the originality of its storyline, which focuses on the meanness of the girl in the title.

He said many of the works submitted to the contest in 2010 and 2011 had told heartwarming stories, while Naito’s short had a refreshing acidity.

The awards, announced last month as part of the Animation Kobe Awards, are intended to recognize non-commercial animated works. This year, six shorts were recognized for their excellent animation technique.

The Anitus-Kobe award went to “Hadashineko” (barefoot cat), which was praised for its free-wheeling creative spirit and “Paper Boy” won the special jury award.
Yusuke Morishita’s “123,”Kenta Shinohara’s “Ochiba no Mori de” (in the forest of fallen leaves) and Futoshi Moriyama’s “Futari” (the two people) also won prizes.

Prior to the announcement of the Digital Creators Contest prizes, the 16th Animation Kobe Awards ceremony was held in the Main Hall of the Kobe International Conference Center.

Anime screenwriter Mari Okada, whose credits include “Black Butler” and many other popular titles, received the individual award. The late director Osamu Dezaki was honored with a special prize, along with the “Detective Conan” production team.

The animated film “Macross Frontier the Movie—Sayonara no Tsubasa” received the best animated feature prize, while “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” was named the best animated TV series award.

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