The 11th Independent Animation Festival was held at Theater Hoshi of the Mitaka City Arts Center in Tokyo yesterday on March 3rd. A freelance creator Shigeyoshi Tsukahara's 10 minutes 30 seconds long film "Hashi no Mukoh" (Beyond the Bridge) won the Grand Prix. Following "Ushigaeru" in 2005, this was the second top award for him. The festival was established in 2003 to look for uncelebrated independent animation creators in Japan.
"Hashi no Mukoh" was released in Japan on September 21st, 2012 and has already been officially posted on YouTube and Nico Nico Douga by the director himself. The Blu-ray disc with a special guidebook is now available on Amazon JP at a price of 2,800 yen (about US$29.92). Check the trailer and the whole film below.
"Hashi no Mukou" the movie
"Hashi no Mukou" poster
The 11th Independent Animation Festival poster
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