News Gundam Creator Tomino to Receive Award at Locarno
posted on 2009-08-10 00:18 EDT by Egan Loo
Yoshiyuki Tomino, the 67-year-old creator and frequent director of the long-running Gundam anime franchise, will receive an Honorific Leopard award at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland on Monday. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first Gundam television anime series. The festival organizers say that Mobile Suit Gundam I, the first film in the theatrical trilogy adaptation of the original Gundam series, will be screened for the first time in Europe after the awards ceremony. Tomino will then participate in an onstage conversation on Tuesday.
Tomino's appearance marks the beginning of the festival's Manga Night. The festival will also screen Kunio Kato's La maison en petits cubes, Yoshiharu Ashino's First Squad - The Moment Of Truth, and Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira.
Tomino will next appear at the New York Anime Festival from September 25 to 27. Last Thursday, Studio Ghibli founder and acclaimed director Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko) also received the Honorific Leopard award.