Wolf Children Wins Audience Award at NY Int'l Children's Film Fest

posted on by Karen Ressler
Latest film from Mamoru Hosoda premiered in U.S. earlier this month

The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) announced on Tuesday that Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children film won an Audience Award at the festival's awards ceremony on Sunday. Wolf Children was one of two winners of the Audience Award, with the other winner being the Taiwanese film Starry Starry Night. The Grand Prize this year went to the French-animated film Ernest & Celestine.

Wolf Children was screened at the NYICFF with English subtitles. The festival also screened English dubbed versions of Koji Masunari's Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW and Studio Ghibli's From Up on Poppy Hill. Director Hosoda attended the festival for Q&A sessions.

The film's story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two wolf children — an older sister named Yuki ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day. When the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city. Funimation licensed Wolf Children and plans to release it this year in theaters and on home video.

The film previously won the animation category at the 36th Annual Japan Academy Prizes earlier this month, and also won the Animation Film Award at the 67th Annual Mainichi Film Awards last month.

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