Reel Anime 2013 Competition and Fourth Reel Anime Title Announced - The Garden of Words

posted on by Jon Hayward
Madman Entertainment announce Matoko Shinkai's The Garden of Words will to return to Australia for Reel Anime 2013, launches competition to celebrate;

The announcement was made at the Madman National Cosplay Championships heat being held during Supanova Perth and revealed via Madman's Reel Anime 2013 website. The Garden of Words joins Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (announcement here) and 009 Re:Cyborg (announcement here) and A Letter to Momo (announcement here) for the 2013 lineup.

The new website also announces Reel Anime Specials, one night screenings separate to the main festival. The first announced film being Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey which will be screened on the 7th of July in Brisbane, Sydney, Avoca Beach, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide with Perth receiving the screening on the 17th of July.

The Reel Anime 2013 competition asks a simple question;

"Tell us in 25 words or less; which of this years Reel Anime titles are you most looking forward to, and why?"

The first prize winner will receive every Reel Anime title from the past few years on DVD, merchandise from the Evangelion Art Exhibition and a signed postcard by Asuka Shinkinami's voice actor, Yuko Miyamura. Ten runners up will receive last year's Reel Anime titles on DVD including From Up On Poppy Hill, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and Berserk Movie 1: The Egg of the King. The competition closes on the 31st of October 2013 and winners will be announced by the 29th of November 2013.

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words is Makoto Shinkai's latest work in colloboration with CoMix Wave Films. Makoto Shinkai stated that this film is the first time he is making a "love" story based on the traditional Japanese meaning of the word. At one time, "love" was written as "lonely sadness" (koi) but over time the modern concept of "love" (ai) was imported from the West. While Kotonoha no Niwa is set in the modern era, it will be about koi in the original meaning — of longing for someone in solitude.

Makoto Shinkai started work creating video clips for games and graphic design at Falcom. However his first anime title was the self animated, directed and produced five-minute short, She and Her Cat, in 1999 which received the grand prize in the 2000 DoGA CG Animation competition. Shinkai then quit his job in 2001 and started work on Voices of a Distant Star, a 90 minute feature film he wrote, directed, animated, produced and even voice-acted the main characters with his fiancé all from his desktop Power Mac G4. Shinkai then went onto Direct, write, produce and perform multiple duties on The Place Promised in Our Early Days in 2004, 5 Centimetres per Second in 2007 and Children Who Chase Lost Voices in 2011.

“I am extremely proud to be presenting the World Premiere of my latest film The Garden of Words at the Gold Coast this month. The Gold Coast Film Festival has been such a great supporter of my films, as have my Australian fans, and it is with this gesture of bringing the World Premiere down under ahead of the film's premiere here in Japan that I say ‘thank you’.”

- Makoto Shinkai, director and writer, The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words received it's world premiere at the Gold Coast Film Festival earlier this year. You can view the subtitled trailer below;

Image ©Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films

If you would like further information on Reel Anime 2013 titles you can visit Madman's Reel Anime 2013 website.

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