The 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival (AIAFF 2019 for short) has announce its full slate of films for screening and competition, and since Japan is the "Country of honors" for the festival this year, the slate includes some eight Japanese works in four different categories, including Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave competing for the Cristal (grand prix) in the Feature Film category. Hit the jump to learn more.
Meguro Cinema in Tokyo is gearing up for a deep dive into the cinematic landscapes crafted by manga author Katsuhiro Otomo with a two-week film festival that pairs 35mm screenings of 1988's seminal work of cyberpunk fiction, Akira, with 5 other films written, directed, or supervised by Otomo. Hit the jump to make Neo Tokyo explode.
The Los Angeles Anime Film Festival is returning in September of 2018 for a three-day event that is jam-packed with amazing programming, including the North American premiere of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions the Movie Take On Me as well as films by directors such as Masaaki Yuasa, Makoto Shinkai, and Isao Takahata. Hit the jump to learn more.
The films of Mamoru Hosoda have always had a forward-looking quality, and in anticipation of the director's latest film, Mirai, the Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku venue in Tokyo, Japan, is celebrating Hosoda's career with an art exhibition as well as screenings of his previous works. Hit the jump to learn more.
The New York International Children's Film Festival is currently celebrating the art of cinema at various venues in New York City, New York, USA, and two of the films featured this year are the works of Japanese directors: the 1968 Isao Takahata film, Horus, Prince of the Sun; and the 2017 Masaaki Yuasa film, Lu Over the Wall. Hit the jump to learn more.
Notes on Monstropedia, a 6 minute short animation by Academy Award nominated director Koji Yamamura, is competing for the Best Short Animation Award at the 2017 Raindance Film Festival in London. Hit the jump to learn more.
The 5th annual "Metamorphose Animation Night", a film festival dedicated to exploring strange works of animation from all over the world, will be kicking off in August in Shibuya before expanding to other venues throughout Japan in December of 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
November 3rd marks the anniversary of the original 1954 Godzilla film (known as Gojira in Japan), and two venues in Tokyo and Kyoto are gearing up to celebrate with an all-night film festival that includes screenings of key Godzilla movies and guest talks with some of the cast and crew members that bring the films to life. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Mamoru Oshii Film Festival at the Shin-bungeiza theater in Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo, Japan, is kicking off its 2016 series in April with a live-talk event and screenings of both live-action and animated Patlabor films. Hit the jump to learn more.
The 3rd annual "Tomida D'or Film Festival" - a festival created by Miss Tomida, a self-described "office lady" with an obsession for horror movies - is coming on February 27, 2016, to the Euro Live movie theater in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Hit the jump to learn all the gory details.
The Perfect Insider, a mystery anime currently airing on Fuji TV's noitaminA block, will serve as the centerpiece for a 3-day film festival event in Shibuya in December entitled the International Science Film Festival 2015. Hit the jump to learn more.
Director Takashi Miike won the award for "Best Director of a Foreign Film, Global" at the 6th Annual Oaxaca FilmFest in Oaxaca, Mexico, for his work on the 2015 action-comedy, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld. Hit the jump to learn more.
The 3rd annual Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo celebrates horror movies made by and for women from all around the world. Hit the jump to learn more.
Cinema Novecento, a small theater in Yokohama, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Nippon Animation with a film festival that includes screenings from the original 16mm film elements. Hit the jump to learn more.