Katō's "Tsumiki no Ie" Wins Annecy Cristal, Jury Award
posted on by Egan Loo
Kunio Katō's 12-minute "Tsumiki no Ie" ("La Maison en Petits Cubes" or House of Blocks) anime short won the Annecy Cristal and a Junior Jury Award at France's Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market on June 14. Katō created the work out of paper drawings and 2D computer graphics. It tells the story of a grandfather's memories as he adds more blocks to his house to stem the flooding waters.
"Tsumiki no Ie" competed against 45 other shorts, including "Neko no Shūkai" from Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second), Shinji Kimura's "Attack of Higashi 2-chome," and Bill Plympton's "Hot Dog." The Annecy Cristal is the top honor for short films in this festival which ran from June 9 to June 14. Koji Yamamura was the only other Japanese person to receive an Annecy Cristal when he won one for the Oscar-nominated "Mt. Head" ("Atama-yama") short.