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Ottawa Animation Fest to Screen Colorful in September

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Festival to screen new films by Oscar nominee Koji Yamamura, Domo's Tsuneo Goda

Canada's Ottawa International Animation Festival announced its selections for this year's September 21-25 event on Wednesday. The films include Keiichi Hara's award-winning feature film Colorful and new works by Koji Yamamura and Domo creator Tsuneo Goda.

Based on the movel by Eto Mori, Colorful is about a person trapped outside the endless circle of life and death. Thanks to winning a lottery in the angel world, the protagonist is brought back to inhabit the body of a 14-year-old boy — who just committed suicide. Thus, the protagonist begins a new life.

The film won the Best Animation Film Award at 65th Mainichi Film Awards. This June, it won the Mention spéciale (Special Distinction) and the Prix du public (Audience Award) in the Feature Film category at France's Annecy, the world's largest animation film festival.

Also playing at Ottawa is Koji Yamamura's new film, Muybridge's Strings, which was made in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada. Yamamura is best-known for his previous short films such as Mt. Head (an Oscar nominee), The Old Crocodile and Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor. The latter film won the 2007 Ottawa Grand Prix.

Tsuneo Goda, best known for his stop-motion shorts featuring the brown furry NHK mascot Domo, created a new Nissan commercial, “Plug: The New World.” Its title character has a plug for a head and represents a zero-emission world.

The other titles in the festival selection are:

Geidai Animation Toshiko Hata, ALIMO (none), Aya Tsugehata, Wataru Uekusa & Ryo Orikasa Tokyo University of the Arts
Many Go Round Yoshihisa Nakanishi
Kuroi longskirt no onna (Black Longskirt) Hoji Tsuchiya
Haru no shikumi (The Mechanism of Spring) Atsushi Wada
Idea ga tsukamaranai(Uncapturable Ideas) Masaki Okuda Tokyo University of the Arts
Joyz “Electropia” (Music Video) Noriko Okaku
Ho-Ho “This Message is Boiling Hot” (Music Video) Masanori Okamoto Sony Digital Entertainment Service inc.
AND AND Mirai Mizue
Scripta volant (Writings Fly Away) Ryo Orikasa Tokyo University of the Arts

Source: Anime Anime Japan

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