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1. Aims of the project:

This project, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho / Government of Japan), is an artist in residence program which aims to provide three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. In doing so, we aim to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture. [Read more...]

Report following the conclusion of the project to invite overseas media creators to Japan 2010 “Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo 2010-2011” program.

The three artists invited to take part in the “Tokyo Artist in Residence 2010-2011” program, Chen Xi (China), Christophe Gautry (France), and Joseph Pierce (U.K.), arrived in Japan in the middle of January, 2011. As expected, during their stay in Tokyo they actively participated in various educational and exchange activities while working on their own individual projects before returning to their countries in the middle of March. [Read more...]

The Agency for Cultural Affairs “Japanese Film Festival in Asia 2010” “Discover the Excitement of Japanese Animation”

On behalf of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Japan Image Council (JAPIC) is proud to present a special screening of Japanese animation in Hanoi, Vietnam over five days from January 12th to 16th.
This event is part of an ongoing “Japanese Film Festivals in Asia” initiative begun by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2004, a series of screenings designed to both deepen understanding and interest in Japanese culture and increase a sense of friendship between Japan and the countries in which they are held. Two of these events have been planned for this fiscal year, with a different program of sixteen films having already been screened in Seoul, South Korea in November. The Hanoi screenings include eight excellent, much talked about Japanese animated films produced since the year 2000. The program will open with a screening of Colorful, a film directed by HARA Keiichi which was extremely well received when it was released this summer. This is the first time an event has been held in Hanoi as part of this initiative, and it also marks the first time a program devoted to Japanese animation has been presented in this city.
In connection with these screenings we also plan to invite directors and other special guests to attend and take part in cultural exchange events with people involved in animation in Vietnam.

“Colorful” (Opening screening)
HARA Keiichi / 2010 / 126 min.

“Spirited Away”
MIYAZAKI Hayao / 2001 / 125 min.

“Millennium Actress”
KON Satoshi / 2001 / 87 min.

“Mind Game”
YUASA Masaaki / 2004 / 103 min.

HOSODA Mamoru / 2009 / 114 min.

“Mai Mai Miracle”
KATABUCHI Sunao / 2009 / 95 min.

“The Great Adventure of Hutch the Honeybee”
AMINO Tetsuro / 2010 / 101 min.

KOIKE Takeshi / 2010 / 102 min.


Date: January 12nd to 16th, 2010

Place: National Cinema Center in Hanoi

Main organizer: The Agency for Cultural Affairs

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, National Cinema Center, Japan Image Council, The Japan Foundation Center for Culture Exchange in Vietnam

Support : Embassy of Japan in Vietnam

the Japan Animation Association, The Motion Pictures Producers Association of Japan, Inc., The Association of Japanese Animations, UNIJAPAN

Inquiries concerning this event should be directed to:
Japan Image Council (JAPIC)
Tel: +81-3-6670-5676 / Fax: +81-3-5466-0054

The three invited artists have been determined!

We are pleased to announce the following three artists invited to the Animation Artist in Residence 2010-2011 Tokyo.

About “Animation Artist in Residence 2010-2011 Tokyo”
This project, organized by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Japan Image Council, is an artist in residence program which aims to provide three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. In doing so, we aim to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture.
Duration of the program: 75 days between January and March of 2011. [Read more...]

The Agency for Cultural Affairs “Japanese Film Festival in Asia 2010”.

<Announcing the program for the Seoul screenings>

jmeffposterJapan Image Council, on behalf of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, will present “Tidal Currents in Japanese Animation”, a five-day festival of Japanese animation, this November 17th to 21st in Seoul, South Korea. This event is being held as part of an ongoing “Japanese Film Festivals in Asia” project which has been run by the Agency for Cultural Affairs since 2004, and it is intended to both deepen the understanding of Japanese culture in Korea and to promote the exchange of cinematic culture between the two nations. This is the first festival in this series to focus exclusively on animation, and a total of 75 short and feature-length works will be screened in 16 programs designed to introduce audiences to the diversity of Japanese animation. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (TV version), winner of the Grand Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Awards, has been selected as the opening screening. In the general program, which begins with a selection of long and short works by pioneering Japanese animator Tezuka Osamu, includes feature-length works never before screened in South Korea by renowned Japanese directors such as Hayao Miyazaki, Mamoru Oshii, Isao Takahata, Katsuhiro Otomo, Rintaro, as well as several new works including REDLINE, Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW and Time of EVE. The diverse range of programs to be screened includes selected short works by groundbreaking art animation creators Yoji Kuri and Taku Furukawa, a collection of works by Koji Yamamura, an animator who has won prizes at the four most important international animation festivals, a collection of works produced by ROBOT CAGE, including an Academy Award winning short animated film by Kunio Kato, and a collection of works by up and coming young filmmakers. As a memorial program dedicated to Satoshi Kon, a renowned animation director who passed away suddenly this year, there will also be a special screening of his feature length film Tokyo Godfathers. In addition to the screenings, on November 20th we also plan to hold a symposium featuring people involved in animation from both Japan and Korea.

Tidal Currents in Japanese Animation    >>> link(Megabox Sinchon)

Date: November 17th to 21st, 2010

Place: Megabox Sinchon

Main organizer: The Agency for Cultural Affairs

Co-organizers: Megabox

Japan Image Council

The Japan Foundation, Seoul

Support: Ministry for Culture, Sport and Tourism Republic of Korea

Public Information and Cultural Center of the Embassy of Japan in Korea

Cooperation: The Korean Film Council, the Korea Creative Content Agency

The Seoul Animation Center, the Japan Animation Association

The Motion Pictures Producers Association of Japan, Inc.

The Association of Japanese Animations, UNIJAPAN

Program : Animation screenings (16 programs 75 films)

  1. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (Opening screening)
    Masaki Tachibana / 2010 / 95 min.
  2. Space Firebird
    Osamu Tezuka / 1980 / 123 min.
  3. Selected Works by Osamu Tezuka (five shorts films)
    (1) Astro’s First Love  1981 / 23 min.
    (2) Tales of a Street Corner  1962 / 39 min.
    (3) JUMPING  1984 / 6 min.
    (4) Broken Down Film  1985 / 6 min.
    (5) Legend of the Forest  1988 / 30 min.
  4. Little Norse Prince Valiant
    Isao Takahata / 1968 / 82 min.
  5. Galaxy Express 999
    Rintaro / 1979 / 129 min.
    Hayao Miyazaki / 1979 / 100 min.
    Mamoru Oshii / 1989 / 98 min.
    Katsuhiro Otomo/Tensai Okamura/Koji Morimoto / 1995 / 114 min.
  9. Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW
    Kohi Masunari / 2010 / 136 min.
  10. Time of EVE The Movie
    Yasuhiro Yoshiura / 106 min.
    Takeshi Koike / 2010 / 102 min.
  12. Satoshi Kon Memorial: Tokyo Godfathers
    Satoshi Kon / 2003 / 90 min.
  13. Selected Works by Yoji Kuri and Taku Furukawa (10 short films)
    Yohi Kuri
    (1) Two Fishes  1960 / 23 min.
    (2) Human Zoo  1962 / 3 min.
    (3) AOS  1964 / 9 min.
    (4) AU FOU !  1967 / 10 min.
    Taku Furukawa
    (5) Phenakistiscope  1975 / 5 min.
    (6) Coffee Break  1977 / 3 min.
    (7) Speed  1980 / 5 min.
    (8) TarZAN  1990 / 8 min.
    (9) PAPER FILM  2005 / 6 min.
    (10) Nose Tale  2010 / 6 min.
  14. Selected Works by Koji Yamamura (7 short films)
    (1) Aquatic  1987 / 5 min.
    (2) Pacusi  1995 / 18 min.
    (3) Babel’s Book  1996 / 5 min.
    (4) Mt. Head  2002 / 10 min.
    (5) The Old Crocodile  2005 / 13 min.
    (6) A Child’s Metaphysics  2007 / 5 min.
    (7) Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor  2007 / 21 min.
  15. The Work of ROBOT CAGE (28 short films)
    Tatsutoshi Nomura
    (1) STRAYSHEEP/Submarine/Bath/Merry-Go-Round  1994 / 2 min.
    (2) The Tiny Adventure of STRAYSHEEP/Episode1″Dream of Poe”  2001 / 2 min.
    (3) Moon Boon/Episode1″Full Moon of Crescent Moon Island”  2008 / 4 min.
    (4) The Night Game  2001 / 5 min.
    (5)  Jam the HOUSNAIL/Episode14 “Jam rides a sleigh”  2005 / 5 min.
    (6)  “Midnight Restaurant”  1995 / 1 min.
    Takuya Inaba
    (7) A Fantasy of Bubbules  2006 / 1 min.
    (8) TV program – NHK ?Issho ni Irunkara?  2009 / 2 min.
    (9) PV – skimaswitch AKATSUKI NO UTA  2006 / 5 min.
    (10) NANAMI-CHAN SPOT  2003 / 2 min.
    (11) NISSUI “Ai no Yakionigiri”  2009 / 3 min.
    (12) egao no hana  2010 / 3 min.
    (13) KURO  2010 / 7 min.
    Osamu Sakai Works
    (14) NHK MINNA NO UTA “ARIGATOU”  2010 / 2 min.
    (15) House Foods “pocupocu”  2009 / 1 min.
    (16) Waltzing Matilda  2007 / 4 min
    (17) catch anime -for Animation*three  2003 / 1 min.
    (18) NHK MINNA NO UTA ”Kin no Makiba”  2004 / 5 min.
    (19) House Foods “pocupocu”  2009 / 1 min.
    (20) crimson  2010 / 5 min.
    (21) House Foods “pocupocu”  2009 / 1 min.
    (22) NHK MINNA NO UTA “PoPo Loouise”  2008 / 5 min.
    Kunio Kato
    (23) catch anime -for Animation*three “YORORERU”  2005 / 1 min.
    (24) MTV Art Break Project “MUSIC FLOWER”  2004 / 1 min.
    (25) Original animation for DVD“The Diary of Tortov Roddle “Red Fruits”  2004 / 6 min.
    (26) SEKISUI HEIM CM”For What Waits Ahead”Spring & summer  2010 / 1 min.
    (27) yuki (the snow)  2010 / 1 min.
    (28) La maison en petits cubes  2007 / 12 min.
  16. Journey to a New Generation (14 short films)
    (1) Tokyo FANTASIA
    G9+1(Shinichi Suzuki/Tatsuo Shimamura/Norio HIkone/Taku Furukawa/Haru Fukushima/Fumio Oi/Hiroshi Nishimura/Keizo Kira/Azuru Isshiki/Toshikatsu Wada
)/ 2009 / 8 min.
    (2) Their standing points
    Makoto Shinkai / 1999 / 5 min.
    (3) The Evening Traveling
    Akino Kondo / 2002 / 4 min.
    (4) Ski Jumping Pairs
    Riichiro Mashima  / 2002 / 6 min.
    (5) Bloomed Words
    Amika Kubo/Seita Inoue / 2006 / 2 min.
    (6)the seasons
    Junpei Fujita / 2004 / 2 min.
    (7) Cornelis
    Ayaka Nakata / 2008 / 4 min.
    (8) Ushi-Nichi
    Hiroco Ichinose / 2008 / 9 min.
    (9) HAND SOAP
    Kei Oyama / 2008 / 16 min.
    (10) Lizard Planet
    Tomoyoshi Joko / 2009 / 5 min.
    (11) JAM
    Mizue Mirai / 2009 / 3 min.
    (12) Chisato stared
    Wataru Uekusa / 2009 / 3 min.
    (13) The undertaker and the dog
    Shin Hashimoto / 2009 / 5 min.
    (14) In a Pig’s Eye
    Atsushi Wada / 2010 / 4 min.

Inquiries concerning this event should be directed to:

Japan Image Council (JAPIC)

Tel: 03-6670-5676 / Fax: 03-5466-0054


Dear applicant,

Thank you for applying for the Animation Artist in Residence in Tokyo 2010-2011 program. We are currently reviewing all applications and plan to notify applicants selected for an interview by October 30th.

Video interviews with selected applicants will be held via Skype on November 3rd between 10:00 and 18:00 (Japan Standard Time).

Japan Image Council

Interview: Kei Oyama

We recently had an opportunity to speak with Kei Oyama, a creator of animated films who was awarded a “Special Prize” at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival.

Kei Oyama: Graduate of the Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image. Graduate of Tokyo Zoukei University and a master’s program at that university’s graduate school. Member of the Japan Animation Association.

JAPIC (J): Congratulations on winning this Special Prize. You were the only Japanese person to win one of these awards [this year].

Kei Oyama (O): Thank you. I was excited just to have been selected for the competition so I am very happy to have won this prize.

J: You have been invited to many overseas film festivals this year, haven’t you?

O: I’ve been to [festivals in] Annecy, Zagreb, and Oberhausen, where I won a prize. I have also been invited to go to Ottawa. The Hiroshima festival is the largest animated film festival in Japan, and I was even more nervous than I usually am because so many people came to the screenings. At the same time I also had a feeling of satisfaction at finally having reached this point.

J: Is the atmosphere at overseas festivals different from at festivals in Japan?

O: Whether in Japan or overseas I think there are differences in the atmosphere at each individual festival. Annecy is very large, and it is impossible to distinguish between filmmakers, critics and regular audience members. Zagreb and Oberhausen are more relaxed and I was able to get to know other filmmakers and concentrate on appreciating the excellent selection of works that were screened. I was even approached by many audience members in the street. It was also interesting to me how audiences at different festivals reacted differently to the same film – the things they found funny, the timing of their laughter, the parts of the work they reacted to negatively, and so on. But I was really pleased when I was able to communicate a feeling directly using only images and sound without the intervention of language.

J: Did you have a chance to talk to other filmmakers in competition here in Hiroshima?

O: Yes. I’m not very good at English but I was able to talk with some of the other filmmakers. I was especially pleased when Estonian filmmaker Priit Pärn praised my work. I had been worried because HAND SOAP contains a lot of details that can only be properly understood by Japanese people, but I actually got the impression that he had a deeper understanding of the work than most Japanese viewers.

J: How was the reaction of Japanese viewers?

O: My work contains some disgusting scenes, so I don’t think it can be received favorably by most people, but there were some audience members who talked about it very passionately and even some who asked for my autograph…

J: Your autograph!?

O: Yes! Students, for example…

J: Students come from all over Japan to attend the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. You are no doubt one of the people they want to emulate.

O: After Koji Yamamura’s generation, it seems like the next generation [of animators] to emerge is people my age who are in or near their 30s. I recently formed a label called CALF with two people close to me in age, Atsushi Wada and Mirai Mizue, and just by chance all three of us have been able to take part in four major animation festivals this year: Annecy, Zagreb, Hiroshima and Ottawa. This sort of thing might never happen again, so we are planning to take advantage of this opportunity to do a good job of promoting CALF in Ottawa as well. I don’t know about being emulated, but I do feel that I have been getting a lot of attention.

J: You will be starting a one year artist in residence program in Vancouver next month. Could you tell us a bit about how this residence came about and what you plan to do while in Canada?

O: Short animated films are difficult to distribute as commercial products, and at this point it is difficult to say that they have established deep roots as [elements of] culture. At the same time, however, festivals for these works are held all over the world, and on a global scale the number of fans is not small. I have therefore thought for a long time that I must look to the world at large and become active internationally. I heard about the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ overseas residence program for emerging artists and decided to apply. As for what I plan to do during my residence, I will of course be absorbed in working on a film of my own, but as Canada is considered a leading country in the production of short animated films I also plan see many of the high-quality works being produced in Canada and get to know Canadian animators. I also hope to create opportunities to introduce Japanese filmmakers to people in Canada and conversely to introduce works I encounter in Canada after I return to Japan. Of course, I also hope to be able to successfully realize the work I will complete during my residence.

J: Thank you very much for speaking with us today.

Hiroshima Animation Festival
Image Forum Institute of Moving Image

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