Tokushima city, the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island of Japan, announced on May 25 that they had incorporated 30,000,000 yen (approximately US$366,166) in the revised general account budget proposal of this year for an anime film festival that is scheduled to be held in this fall. This will be the first anime/animation film festival in the island.
An anime production studio ufotable (Kara no Kyoukai, Fate/zero) has revealed their plan of setting up a movie theater that will show mainly anime films in the Shinmachi district of Tokushima city. The city has also included 15,000,000 yen (US$183,217) in the budget proposal for the preparation of the theater. The theater is expected to be opened by the spring of 2012.
There has been no theater in the district since 2006. The city and Kondo Hikaru, the president of ufotable, are trying to revive the local community by attracting young people with anime.
The list of animation film festivals in Japan:
The line-ups of these festivals are mainly independent and experimental animation films. The festival in Tokushima is
expected to focused at more or only "anime" films, not "animation" films in a broad sense.
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