Japanese Anime & One-Piece at OIAF 2010

Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)--The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is paying homage to Japanese animation at this year's festival, which runs from October 20 to 24, 2010, with a four-part program showcasing independent filmmakers, including the godfather of Anime, Osamu Tezuka.

The Japanese feature films in official competition at this year's OIAF are:

One Piece Film --- Strong World (CANADIAN PREMIERE) by Munehisa Sakai
Fresh off its record-breaking performance in Japanese theatres comes the Canadian theatrical debut of One Piece Film: Strong World. The tenth animated feature based on Eiichiro Oda's popular Manga series drops audiences straight into the action. Fans of the One Piece series will not want to miss Strong World, which was written by Oda himself in honour of the series' 10th anniversary, while those new to the franchise will enjoy this vibrant, action packed adventure.

Midori – Ko (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) by Keita Kurosaka
More than twenty years into his career, Keita Kurosaka remains one of the most original and compelling figures on Japan's indie animation scene. A surreal vision of a 21st century Tokyo that is rapidly approaching starvation, the film tells the story of a young woman who, while working to develop a “dream food” that will end the city's hunger crisis, encounters a mysterious creature that transforms her life.

Other Japanese film highlights of the Festival include:

· A look at Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka's ingenious short films. - Yoshihiro Shimizu, General Manager for Tezuka Productions Co. will be on-hand to do a special presentation about Tezuka, his friend and co-worker.

· A two-part look at the Secret World of Independent Japanese Animation.

· “Handsoaps and Fools” showcases the work of Atsushi Wada and Kei Oyama, two of the most innovative and exciting young animators working in Japan today.

About the Ottawa International Animation Festival
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world's leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub. More than 27,000 film buffs, art lovers, producers, and cartoon fans are expected to attend the OIAF, the largest animation event in North America. OIAF 2010 is taking place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from October 20 to 24. For more information, visit: www.animationfestival.ca.

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