Animations Festival back for encore in 4 Japan cities

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

The Animations Festival, a showcase of animated shorts with modern themes that were featured at animation filmfests around the world, returns with encore screenings in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya and Kobe.

Initially held in fall 2010, the festival generated much interest. The animated shorts were selected by animation artist Koji Yamamura and critic Nobuaki Doi, core members of the Animations Creators and Critics group.

The Animations Festival will kick off at the Kyoto Minami-Kaikan hall in Kyoto on April 29.

It will also be held at the Baus Theater in Tokyo’s Kichijoji district from May 14-27, followed by the Nagoya Cinematheque theater in Nagoya from May 21. After that, it will run from June 18 at Kobe Art Village Center in Kobe.

The event includes three programs.
Program A, “2010 (Naiteki) Uchu no Tabi” (2010 [inner] space odyssey), features nine shorts with a total of 77 minutes running time.

Program B is called “Tokaku Konoyo wa Sechigarai” (The world is often so hard to deal with), and includes 10 shorts with a total of 103 minutes.

The animated shorts are from around the world.

Yamamura’s “Mt. Head,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003, Atsushi Wada’s “In a Pig’s Eye” and Kei Oyama’s “Hand Soap” will also be screened.

Program C is offered only at the Tokyo venue. It showcases British animation artist Phil Mulloy’s first feature, “Goodbye Mister Christie.”

This is a rare opportunity to appreciate animated short films on the big screen.

At the Tokyo venue, tickets are 1,500 yen ($17.90) for general audience at the door and 1,300 yen for students. Advance tickets are also available at 2,500 yen for two programs and 3,300 yen for three programs. There will be four screenings each day starting from 1 p.m.

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