Studio Ghibli Named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at Busan Int'l Film Festival

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Co-founder Toshio Suzuki to accept award at ceremony in October

The 20th Busan International Film Festival announced on Thursday it will award Studio Ghibli with the 2015 Asian Filmmaker of the Year award. The festival presents the award to "an Asian filmmaker or group that has significantly contributed to the development of the Asian film industry and Asian culture."

Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki will attend the event to accept the award. The festival will screen Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro film in the Open Cinema section, and it will also screen Isao Takahata's Only Yesterday film in the Wide Angle - Animation Showcase section. Additionally, Busan Cinema Center will screen 18 works of Studio Ghibli from September 21-27 before the festival opens. The festival will run from October 1-10.

The Busan International Film Festival began giving out the award in 2003, and since then only one other company has received the award when Japanese broadcaster NHK won in 2005. The other recipients have been individuals.

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985, and co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announced in 2013 that he was retiring from making feature films, although he is continuing to produce shorts for the Ghibli Museum and other pet projects. Suzuki also announced last year that he was retiring as producer, but stayed on at the company under the new title of "general manager." Suzuki confirmed in February that the studio is currently open, but is not doing anything.

Source: Variety

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