3-D ‘Oblivion Island’ in running at Stuttgart Animation Festival

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

“Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror,” an award-winning 3-D anime feature film produced with computer graphics, will be showcased at the 18th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, the organizers announced.

Other Japanese anime artists will also be featured at the German event from May 3-8.

While not widely known in Japan, the event is considered one of the world’s major animation festivals, on a par with the Hiroshima International Animation Festival and the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and trailing only France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

On this year’s agenda are competition programs, screenings, workshops and discussions by animation artists, producers and other industry professionals.

This year, 41 animated works from around the globe are in the International Competition division, the Stuttgart festival’s core event.
From Japan, Mirai Mizue’s “Tatamp” and Atsushi Wada’s “The Mechanism of Spring” will be showcased.

The two animation creators are gaining interest in Japan, and all will be watching to see how they do in Germany.

Wada’s “In a Pig’s Eye” will also be featured in the Young Animation category, under which up-and-coming animation artists and aspiring students from across the world will vie for awards.

Another Japanese artist, Saori Shiroki, is among the competitors with her “Woman Who Stole Fingers.” Shiroki started making animation while a student at the Department of Painting of Tama Art University, and later moved on to study animation in the Graduate School of Film and New Media at the Tokyo University of the Arts.

In addition, “Oblivion Island” will be screened in the AniMovie feature film program. The commercial film is the only offering from Japan in the program, which showcases 10 animated feature films.

“Oblivion Island” won the DCAJ Chairman Prize at the 25th Digital Content Grand Prix. It has also won other prestigious awards outside Japan, including: the Jury’s First Mention at the Buenos Aires’ Expotoons International Animation Festival; the Jury Prize–Special Mention at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival; and the Special Jury Prize at the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (SICAF). It looks as though it may also do well in Stuttgart.

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