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'your name.,' Anthem of the Heart Win Belgian Anima Fest Awards

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Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast won Audience Award last year

Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film won the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature at the 36th annual Anima, The Brussels Animation Film Festival on Sunday. This is the second consecutive year that a Japanese film has won the award. Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast film won the award last year.

Tatsuyuki Nagai's Anthem of the Heart film won the BeTV Award for Best Animated Feature. Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World anime film also screened at the festival.

Shinkai's latest work has already received several international film prizes. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded the film with its Best Animated Film award in December. The film won both the Special Distinction Prize and the Audience Prize for the feature film category at the 18th Bucheon International Animation Film Festival in October. The film won the 49th annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival's Best Animated Feature Film award in October.

your name. received Screenplay of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Music for RADWIMPS' score, and the All Night Nippon Wadai-Shō prize at the 40th annual Japan Academy Prizes on Friday.

The film opened in Japan last August, and has become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the second highest-grossing Japanese film, and the second highest-grossing anime film. As of last month, the film had earned 24.2 billion yen (about US$212 million) in Japan.

As of January, the film had earned US$281 million worldwide and topped Spirited Away in its worldwide box office total. While Spirited Away is still the highest grossing anime film domestically, your name. is the highest-grossing anime film worldwide. The film is slated to open in 92 countries and territories. The anime has already earned box-office achievements in South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan, in addition to Japan.

Mai Mai Miracle won the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature at Anima in 2010. Tekkonkinkreet earned the top Grand Prix award at the festival in 2008.

Source: Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)

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