TAAF2021 Competition Winners Announced

Feature Animation Competition

  • Grand Prize

  • Award of Excellence
    Nahuel and the Magic Book

Short Animation Competition

  • Grand Prize

  • Award of Excellence
    Shooom’s Odyssey

  • Toshima City Award

  • Best Student Film
    The Balloon Catcher

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This year, there were 22 submissions (29, last year) from 20 countries and territories for Feature Animation and 817 submissions (1,054, last year) from 57 countries and territories for Short Animation. Among them, a total of 39 films (4 for feature / 35 for short) were selected by the TAAF201 Preliminary Selection Committee as the nominees for the Competition.

As a countermeasure against the COVID-19, judging for the Competition took place this year through the online screenings and video conferences of the juries from each country to decide the winners in the Feature Animation and Short Animation.

The Award Ceremony for the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2021 was held on March 15th at Toshima Civic Center. The juries and their results are as follows.


Feature Animation Competition Grand Prize Josep
Director: Aurel
Country: France, Spain, Belgium
※ Grand Prize winner won Governor of Tokyo Award too.
Award of Excellence Nahuel and the Magic Book
Director: German Acuña
Country: Chile, Brazil
Short Animation Competition Grand Prize Coffin
Director: Yuanqing Cai, Nathan Crabot, Houzhi Huang, Mikolaj Janiw, Mandimby Lebon, Théo Tran Ngoc
Country: France
※ Grand Prize winner won Governor of Tokyo Award too.
Award of Excellence Shooom’s Odyssey
Director: Julien Bisaro
Country: France, Belgium
Toshima City Award Runmania
Director: Daria Stolbetsova
Country: Russia
Best Student Award The Balloon Catcher
Director: Isaku Kaneko
Country: Japan

TAAF2021 Feature Animation Competition Jury

Sunao KatabuchiDirector

Born in 1960. Specially appointed professor at Nihon University College of Art. Katabuchi participated in Hayao Miyazaki’s “Sherlock Hound” as a writer while he was still in university. He directed a number of animated works such as TV series “Famous Dog Lassie”(1996), feature animated films “Princess Arete”(2001) and “Mai Mai Miracle”(2009). His recent work, “In This Corner of the World”(2016) has won numerous awards and marked an exceptional long-running hit and in 2019, its new version “In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World” with new episodes was released.

Michiyoshi MinamisawaPresident, 81Produce
President, HALF H・P STUDIO
Chairman, digital voice palette
Chairman, International SEIYUU Training Association

Born in 1952 in Tochigi prefecture. Minamisawa established 81Produce with 6 voice actors and 3 employees in February, 1981 then also established 81Music Publishing which was predecessor of HALF H・P STUDIO. He has been involved with dubbed versions of numerous animation works produced in both Japan and overseas and foreign films and dramas while educating young voice actors/actresses who would be major players in the next generation at 81ACTOR’S STUDIO.

Anca DamianDirector

Her feature as Director, screenwriter and producer, “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” which received the Crystal in Annecy and other 35 international prizes in 2012 achieved international success. Her second animated feature “The Magic Mountain” was world premired in Annecy and selected in more than 60 festivals and won 11 international prizes in 2015. She was also the first to receive Audentia Award offered by Eurimages the next year. In 2019, “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” was also premiered in Annecy, followed by long festival selection in festivals like Rotterdam IFF, Tokyo IFF and received numerous awards then won Grand Prize for feature animation competition at TAAF 2020.

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Rémi ChayéDirector

After an academic drawing school, Rémi Chayé worked several years as an illustrator, before discovering animation by chance. Rémi enjoyed working among teams and trained with elders on storyboard and layout work. In 2003, he joined the animated film directing school La Poudrière where he directed three short films. He worked on several feature films as both assistant director and story artist for “Brendan and the Secret of Kells” and “The Painting”, as well as a story artist for “Kérity” and “Evolution Man”. “Long Way North” – for which Rémi received the Best European Director Prize at the 2016 Cartoon Movie – marked his debut as a feature film director and graphic author. “Calamity”, his second feature has just been released in France and already received four Best Animated Feature Awards at International Festivals, among them the 2020 Cristal of the Annecy Film Festival.

TAAF2021 Short Animation Competition Jury

Toshiyuki InoueAnimator

Born in 1961, Inoue began his career as an animator at Studio Junio after graduating from Osaka Designers’ College. Later, he became freelance and has worked mainly on feature films as key animator and animation director. His filmography includes “Akira”(1988), “Ghost in the Shell”(1995), “Jin-Roh”(1999), “Tokyo Godfathers”(2003), “Dennō Coil”(2007), “Wolf Children”(2012) and “Miss Hokusai”(2015). The Director of Japan Animation Creators Association.

Masao TakiyamaPresident and Representative Director, Animax Broadcast Japan Inc.

Born in 1951 in Tokyo. After graduated from the university, Takiyama worked at several companies such as Japan America Press (from 1973), FUJI CREATIVE CORPORATION (from 1975), and Sony Pictures Television Japan Inc. (Currently Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc.) (from 1998) then appointed as Representative Director in 2015. He has also held following positions. President and Representative Director at Animax Broadcast Japan Inc. (from 1999), President and Representative Director at AXN Japan Inc. (from 2007), President and Representative Director at Mystery Channel Inc. (from 2008), President and Representative Director at Kids Station Inc. (from 2017), and Representative Director at AK Holdings Inc. (form 2017). In addition, he has been involved in the video production division since 2001 and produced animated feature films including “Tokyo Godfathers” (2003, TOHO Co., Ltd.), “Paprika” (2006, TOHO Co., Ltd.), and a number of TV animated series. Furthermore, he is a vice-chairman at Japan Satellite Broadcasting Association and a chairman at CS/BS PAY TELEVISION ADVERTISING BUREAU JAPAN (CAB-J).

Erick OhDirector

Erick Oh is a Korean filmmaker / artist based in California, USA. His films have been introduced and awarded at numerous film festivals including Academy Awards, Annie Awards, Annecy Animation Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, Anima Mundi and more. With his background in fine art in Seoul National University, Korea and film at UCLA, USA, Erick became an animator at Pixar Animation Studios from 2010 to 2016. Then Erick joined Tonko House with his fellow former Pixar artists and directed “PIG : The Dam Keeper Poems” which won the Crystal Award at Annecy Animation Festival 2018. Erick is currently working on a variety of projects with his partners in film/animation, VR/AR industry and contemporary art scene in US and South Korea.

Daria KashcheevaDirector

Daria Kashcheeva studies animated film at FAMU in Prague. Her student films featured at many international festivals. Daria’s original “To Accept” won the Nespresso Talents 2017 film competition in Cannes. In “Daughter”, her Bachelor’s puppet animation, Daria experiments with camera motion and explores the topic of father-daughter relationship. The project was pitched within the CEE Animation Forum 2018. The film has a premiere at Annecy Animation Film Festival and got Cristal for the best Student film and Young Jury award in Student film section. “Daughter” has won the Student Academy Award in the category Animation(International Film Schools) and was nominated to the 92nd Oscar. Now she is preparing her master degree film “ELECTRA. A POEM” in stop motion pixilation technique.