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Anime Mirai 2012 Wins Grand Prize at SICAF 2013

Omnibus film Anime Mirai (2012) was greeted with the Grand Prize in the Feature Films Competition category of the 17th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF 2013), held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from July 24 to 28, 2013. This year the festival selected 152 works among 1225 entries from 53 countries.

Anime Mirai ("the future of animation") is a collective project from four leading Japanese production studios selected by the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) under the patronage of the Agency for Cultural Affairs for the purpose of training young animators on-the-job. All key animators have been selected among staff with less than five years of experience.

Anime Mirai 2012 includes the following segments:

In "Juju the Weightless Dugong" (by Hiroshi Kawamata / The Answerstudui), a workaholic father repeatedly breaks the promise to take his 5-year-old daughter to the sea, until an inflatable dugong undertakes the task instead.

In "Pretending not to See" (by Shinpei Miyashita / Shirogumi) a 6th grader learns that bullying other kids is as bad as letting it happen, and needs to find the heart to react despite the consequences.

In "Li'l Spider Girl" (by Toshihisa Kaiya / Production I.G) an antiquarian meets with a scared, eight-legged spider girl... and she's the sweetest thing in the world... or not?

In "BUTA" (by Kazuhide Tomonaga / Telecom Animation Film) a broke swordsman-for-hire accepts a job to pay the tavern's bill, only to find himself involved with a pirate ship, a young kid with a map and... a mad scientist.

SICAF is an ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation) recognized film festival that attracts more than 100,000 visitors and participants every year, making it one of Asia's biggest international animated film festivals.

Established by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa in 1987, Production I.G is one of the world's leading animation studios. With its cutting-Edge Works, such as "Ghost in the Shell" (1995), "Jin-Roh" (2000), "Blood: The Last Vampire" (2000), "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (animation segment, 2003), "Innocence" (2004), "The Sky Crawlers" (2008), "Oblivion Island" (2009) and "A Letter to Momo" (2012), I.G has gained high reputation around the globe, inspiring Hollywood creators such as James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski brothers.

Official Website: http://www.production-ig.com

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