On-Gaku: Our Sound Film Wins Grand Prize for Feature Animation at Ottawa Int'l Animation Festival

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Hiroyuki Mizoguchi's "Fuwa Fuwa Hour" short also wins award

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) announced its winners for the 2019 event on Saturday, announcing that Kenji Iwaisawa's ON-GAKU: Our Sound anime film has won the event's Grand Prize for Feature Animation award. The film competed for the prize alongside Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga.

The jury's comment on the film stated the film won "For being a triumph of economic storytelling without sacrificing the richness of its characters. We were particularly impressed with the perfect timing, the simplicity of design, and the joyous celebration of the medium of animation."

This year's event is being held from September 25-29. Hiroyuki Mizoguchi's Fuwa Fuwa Hour 'PuiPui & MuuMuu Itsumo Issyo' (Fluffy Hour 'PuiPui & MuuMuu Always Together') short animation film won second prize in the Young Audiences Competition: Preschool award.

Masaaki Yuasa's The Night is Short Walk On, Girl film won the festival's Grand Prize for Features award in 2017.

ON-GAKU: Our Sound is an anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's "ON-GAKU" manga. The film will open in Japan in January 2020. Ohashi originally self-published "ON-GAKU" in 2005, and it tells the story of young delinquents who decide to start a rock band despite never having touched instruments before.

The film will also compete in the sixth annual New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival in the festival's Featured Animation Competition category in November.

Source: Press release

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