Announcement of The Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015 Competition Grand Prize Winners!
March 24, 2015
The award ceremony for the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015 was held on March 22nd at TOHO CINEMAS Nihonbashi and the Grand Prizes for the Competition were announced.
The Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015 (TAAF2015) is an international animation film festival that aims to promote animation and was held at TOHO CINEMAS Nihonbashi from March 19th to March 23rd. In addition to the judging in this competition, the announcement of the “Anime of the Year”, the mention of the “Achievement Award”, as well as the “Anime d’Or”, the festival was also screened many other animation films that were invited and hosted other special events. Almost all of the screenings, which includes the judging in the competition, were available for anyone to attend.
The Competition is open to animation films completed after January 1st, 2013 that have not yet been released to the box office regardless of whether they are professional or amateur films. Films over 60 minutes long participate in the Feature Film and films under 30 minutes participate in the Short Film.
This year, there were 21 Feature Film submissions and 1206 Short Film submissions from more than 60 regions and countries around the world.
|Feature Film Competition||Grand Prize||Song of the Sea
|Best Film Award||MUNE
Alexandre Heboyan, Benoit Philippon
|Short Film Competition||Grand Prize||We can’t live without cosmos
|Best Film Award||Bang bang!
|※The Grand Prize winner, Song of the Sea,also was awarded the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Prize
※The Grand Prize winner, Mi ne mozem zhit bez kosmosa (original title) / We can’t live without cosmos (English title）,also was awarded the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Prize.
|HERO’S Prize||the story that might be a dream
|Special Jury Prize||My Stuffed Granny
|The Audience Choice Award||Sicigorousawa un Cironnop
|※The Audience Choice Award chosen by the audience and appreciated by the jury was a film by Japanese director that was produced with the Ainu people.|
At the award ceremony, Hiromi Seki, Planning and Development Supervisor, Toei Animation Planning and Sales Department who was a member of the jury, commented on the jury’s decision to award the Grand Prize in the Feature Film to “Song of the Sea” (Original Title).
“While embodying a mythological Irish (Celtic) motif, the story incorporates a strong theme about rebuilding/restructuring families that connects widely with this modern generation. The entire jury also felt the art direction and music was successful in providing an absolutely “extraordinary” balance in the film. The jury had two strong points of view toward the change in tempo from the first half to the second half of the story in the film. Some expressed ‘the way the delicate love of brothers and human relationships were written was amazing’ while others stated that ‘the climactic action sequence in the last half was phenomenal’. Finding out which part of this film enchants the audiences is an extremely great aspect of the film. It may have just been me, but this is the first time in a long time a film has truly made me cry.”
Taku Furukawa, an animator and head of The Association of Japanese Animations who was also a member of the jury, commented on the Grand Prize in the Short Film for We can’t live without cosmos (English title).
“This film which is infused with stylish images and an adult sense of humor strongly demonstrated a uniqueness in film production. No matter what single cut you take, they are amazing. Each and every one of the characters are filled with their own unique personality through simple expressions. I laughed or was on the edge of my seat and before I knew it the film I was enjoying was over. This animation left me with a warm feeling when it ended.”
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