Hiroshima Animation Season Arrives August 17-21

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Hiroshima Animation Season, a renewal of the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, returns in August to JMS Aster Plaza and other venues in Hiroshima City. From August 17 to 21, 2022, the event has three sections – competition, awards and academy.

New this year – The Golden Carpster:

A “Carpster” is a familiar creature to locals in Hiroshima and is also the name of a new festival honor this year. The creature combines a carp and a twinkling star and is the mascot for Hiroshima’s animation season. Art director Koji Yamamura designed the character.

The Golden Carpster marks the achievement of a significant contribution made between 2020 and 2021 to the field of animation in the Pan-Pacific and Asian region by an individual, group or organization from that region. The contribution is based on more than 60 pages of research by more than 20 national and international experts.

The winners of the first edition are:

Kristine Belson (President, Feature Films and Series, Sony Pictures Animation/USA)

  • The award was in recognition of introducing new visual styles to Hollywood animation, including the Academy Award-winning Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Oscar nominee The Mitchells vs. the Machines.

Science SARU (Production Studio / Japan)

  • The award was in recognition of the success of Don’t Touch Eizouken! and the new approach to telling the story in Inu-oh and The Tale of the Heike.

Joe Hsieh (animation director / Taiwan)

  • The award recognized the continued use of animation in the horror/suspense genre during the production of the animated short. Night buswhich won the Grand Prize in the short film competition at Animafest Zagreb.

Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) (Production Studio, Festival Management, etc. / Iran)

  • The prize recognizes 30 years of continuous support for the expression of animation in Iran, notably in the production of The fourth wall (directed by Mahboobeh Kalaee), winner of the Animation Division Grand Prize at this year’s Japan Media Arts Festival.

Feinaki: Beijing Animation Week (Animation Event / China)

  • The award recognizes efforts to connect the Chinese animation community to the international scene and bring diversity to the expression ecosystem by organizing international animation events and screenings.

Yoriko Mizushiri (animation director / Japan)

  • The award is in recognition of being an example for animators in Japan with recent projects such as his VR animation Otawamure and short animation anxious body.

Winners of the Golden Carpstars will be honored on August 17 at the Hiroshima 2022 Animation Season Opening Ceremony with additional winner celebrations throughout the festival

Mitsui Fudosan Realty Chugoku Presents 2022 Hiroshima Anime Season Contest

The Hiroshima Animation Season 2022 competition received more than 2,149 entries from 86 countries and regions. The competition includes the “Pan-Pacific and Asian Competition” and the “Global Competition”; the latter has five categories for each genre.

The three members of the international jury of the Pan-Pacific and Asia Competition are:

  • Florence Miailhe (Animation director/France) winner of the Distinction du Jury at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival last year for her animated feature film The passage.
  • Chris Robinson (Author / Canada), Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • Joe Hsieh (Animation Director / Taiwan), winner of The Golden Carpster award.

The winners of the Pan-Pacific and Asian competitions will be announced at the awards ceremony on August 21.

Global Competition, Category Award and Jury’s Personal Choice Award Announced

The Global Competition Jury (previously announced members) met before the Jury and decided on the Category Prize and the Jury’s Personal Choice Prize.

The World Competition: Category Prize:

Category: “The allegories of our days” (for fiction films)

  • Category price: flayed (Joachim Herisse/France)
  • Arthur Binard Prize: Confessions of an English Anteater (Alex Crumbie/UK)
  • Hiroko Sebu Award: In the mountains (Wally Chung/USA)
  • Shizuka Miyazaki Award: Prince in a pastry shop (Katarzyna Agopsowicz/Poland)
  • Audience Award: To be determined by audience vote during the festival

Category: “A Slice of Society” (for animated documentaries and social films)

  • Category price: Salvia nine (Jang Nari/Korea)
  • Kiki Sugino Award: The house of loss (Jinkyu Jeon /Japan, Korea)
  • Asako Fujioka Award: All these feelings in my belly (Marko Dješka/Croatia)
  • Honami Yano Award: Mom, what’s up with the dog? (Lola Lefevre/France)
  • Audience Award: To be determined by audience vote during the festival

Category: “Adventure in Storytelling” (for films with a unique narrative)

  • Category price: Darwin’s notebook (Georges Schwizgebel/Switzerland)
  • Min Tanaka Award: The blind writer (George Sifianos/Greece)
  • Yuki Harada Award: My father’s damn camera (Milos Tomic/Slovenia)
  • Sarina Nihei Award: In the big yard inside the teeny-weeny pocket (Yoko Yuki/Japan)
  • Audience Award: To be determined by audience vote during the festival

Category: “Visual Poetry” (for poetic films)

  • Category price: Archipelago (Felix Dufour-Laperriere/Canada)
  • Ma Jung Yeon Award: Intermission (Reka Bucsi/Hungary)
  • Daito Manabe Award: Clockwise (Toni Mitjanit/Spain)
  • Koji Yamamura Award: Zoon (Jonatan Schwenk/Germany)
  • Audience Award: To be determined by audience vote during the festival

Category: “The Spark: Children’s Films”

  • Category price: A Town Called Panic: Summer Vacation (Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier/France, Belgium)
  • Kotobuki Shiriagari Award: Spinning (Tzu-Hsin Yang (Cindy Yang)/Taiwan)
  • Yukiko Hiromatsu Award: Miranda! – The Art of Love (Dante Zaballa/Argentina) Ryutaro Miyajima Award: In nature (Marcel Barelli/Switzerland)
  • Audience Award: To be determined by audience vote during the festival

These are not the complete lists of winners of the global competition. Audience awards will be selected for all categories.

The winning films of the two Competitions (Jury Prize and Audience Prize) will be eligible for the Grand Prize, which will be awarded by the two artistic directors of the festival (Koji Yamamura and Shizuka Miyazaki).

Check out the “Hiroshima Animation Season 2022” trailer:

Additional information is available on the event website.

Source: Hiroshima International Animation Festival

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is associate editor at Animation World Network.

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