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Big Apple Anime Festival Press Release

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BAAF has sent out it's first press release today, detailing date & location, guests and sponsors.

Justin Sevakis, founder of Anime News Network and currently Manager of Fan Relations for the Big Apple Anime Fest, sent out BAAF's first press release today. Details include date & location, guests and sponsors.

The short:

Date: Halloween Weekend (October 26th-28th), 2001.
Location: Directors Guild Theater, NYC, New York.
Guests: Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon, Utena Director)
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (CEO, Production I.G)
Toshio Maeda (Manga Artist, Urotsukidoji)
Tetsuya Ikeda (Producer, La Blue Girl)

The full press release:

Big Apple Anime Fest to Rock NYC Halloween Weekend!

NEW YORK, NY - March 6, 2001 - The Big Apple Anime Fest, a weekend of anime manga culture and fun, is scheduled to launch on Friday, October 26, 2001, and continue until Sunday, October 28, at New York City's Directors Guild Theater and the Japan Society, among other venues to be announced.

Organized by an open consortium of industry participants, the Big Apple Anime Fest will combine film festival screenings and awards with traditional fan convention favorites such as screening rooms, guest of honor autograph sessions, creative panels and a costume masquerade. "We have the backing of many of the companies involved in the anime and manga industry" said Justin Sevakis, BAAF's Manager of Fan Relations.

The current guest list includes Sailor Moon and Utena director, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Ghost in the Shell producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, famed manga artist Toshio Maeda (Legend of the Overfiend), and La Blue Girl producer, Tetsuya Ikeda. "Mr. Ikuhara will visit New York in late April to begin publicity activities on behalf of BAAF," Sevakis added.

Organizations already supporting BAAF include AnimeOnDVD.com, Atman Co., Bandai, Be-PaPas, Binary Media Works, BitMedia, Central Park Media Corp.,
Cinemagnetics Video and Film Laboratories, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, HoriPro, Japan Society, Mediacopy, Production I.G, The Media Coalition,
Tri-Plex, Inc., Studio Go! and Studio Toshio. Many more are expected to finalize their participation over the next several months, as more details
are made available.

Final program details and registration information will be finalized in early summer. Advertising and promotion to the fan community will begin around Labor Day.

Current information may be obtained from the BAAF website: www.bigappleanimefest.com, which will be updated as new details are finalized.

For further information, contact: info (at bigappleanime.org).

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