TAAF2024 Competition Winners Announced

Feature Animation

  • Grand Prize
    Chicken for Linda!

  • Award of Excellence
    Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds

Short Animation

  • Grand Prize
    Ice Merchants

  • Award of Excellence

  • Toshima City Award
    Venezia, the Most Ancient City of the Future
  • Best Student Film

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This year, there were 32 submissions (31, last year) from 25 countries and territories for Feature Animation and 962 submissions (872, last year) from 68 countries and territories for Short Animation. Among them, a total of 29 films (4 for feature / 25 for short) were selected by the TAAF2024 Preliminary Selection Committee as the nominees for the Competition.

The Award Ceremony for the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2024 was held on March 11th at Toshima Civic Center. The juries and their results are as follows.


Feature Animation Grand Prize Chicken for Linda!
Director: Chiara Malta, Sébastien Laudenbach
Country: France, Italy
※ Grand Prize winner won Governor of Tokyo Award too.
Award of Excellence Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds
Director: Benoit Chieux
Country: France, Belgium
Short Animation Grand Prize Ice Merchants
Director: João Gonzalez
Country: Portugal, France, UK
※ Grand Prize winner won Governor of Tokyo Award too.
Award of Excellence Regular
Director: Nata Metlukh
Country: USA, Ukraine
Toshima City Award Venezia, the Most Ancient City of the Future
Director: Andrea Giro, Roberto Zincone
Country: Italy
Best Student Film 520
Director: Rin Ikebe
Country: Japan

TAAF2024 Feature Animation Competition Jury

Hiroyuki OkiuraAnimator / Director

Born in 1966. Okiura went freelance after working at Anime R. Character design and an animation
director for “Run, Melos!”, a director for “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade”, “A Letter to Momo”.

Chizuru MiyawakiAnimator / Director

Graduated from Visual Communication Design II, KYOTO SAGA ART COLLEGE. Miyawaki started her career as an animator. Currently, she directs, writes and designs original characters and visual concepts. Her main works include “Gin Tama” series, “BINAN KOUKOU CHIKYUBOUEIBU” series, “KOKYU NO KARASU” and “Monthly Moh Scientific”.

Jae Hong KimAnimator / Director

Born in 1971. After graduating from CalArts, Jae Hong Kim became an animator for feature animation including “The Iron Giant”, “Sinbad”, and “Osmosis Jones”. After then, he switched to TV storyboarding/Directing and worked at WB, DreamWorks, Disney, Sony… for numerous projects. He directed “Lost in OZ” from Amazon had 3 wins and 5 nominations for Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017. Currently, he is working for a Netflix project.

Kajsa NæssDirector

After 25 years as an innovative short animation director, Kajsa Næss was ready for her feature film debut with “Titina” in 2022. “Titina” has travelled the world and won several prizes since its international premiere at Animation is Film Festival in 2022. The film won the Award of Excellence at TAAF2023. Næss is known for her playful, humorous and humanistic films. Her award-winning shorts have featured in prestigious festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, Annecy, and Tribeca. In addition to her many film awards, Næss has been granted the Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s Human Rights Award. Her dozen credits include “It Was Mine”(2015), “It’s Up To You”(2013), “Deconstruction Workers”(2008), “Leonid Shower”(2004) and “Mother Said”(1999). Kajsa founded the Oscar winning studio Mikrofilm together with producer Lise Fearnley in 1996.

TAAF2024 Short Animation Competition Jury

Atsuko KogumaAnimation Artist

Koguma joined the animation industry after working as a graphic designer. She studied under Masaaki Mori then has been working freelance since 1999. Currently, she mainly plans, directs, and produces animation for TV-CM and video titles as well as actively working on doll making and illustrations. Besides business works, she conducts activities such as workshops and lectures for children, etc. to popularize and promote animation arts. An executive director of Japan Animation Association.

Hirokazu MinegishiStop Motion Animator

Born in Tochigi in 1955. After graduating from Tokyo Designer Gakuin College’s Animation Dept., Minegishi studied under Kihachiro Kawamoto, the representative puppet animation creator in Japan. He became in charge of the animation for the NHK character “Domo” series, Netflix series, “Rilakkuma and Kaoru”, etc. He also worked on animation for many TV commercials including “Zespri Kiwi” (Zespri International(Japan)K.K.) and “Honey Kumquat Cough Drop” (NOBEL Confectionery Co.,Ltd.). He is attached to Robins of dwarf.

Davide BenvenutiAssociate Professor, ADM School of Art Design and Media Singapore

Davide Benvenuti holds a master’s degree in architecture from Florence University, Italy. He started his career in animation in the 1990s, where, among many projects, he animated for Enzo D’Alo’s feature film “How the Toys Saved Christmas”. From 1995, his career moved overseas: as a Senior Animator for Disney Animation Australia Sydney (1995 – 2006), Davide worked for many award-winning direct DVD titles and feature films. In Los Angeles, he animated in the feature films “Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron” (Academy Award Nominee) DreamWorks SGK USA. For Ubisoft Singapore, he was involved in many video games in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Davide holds the associate professor of Digital Animation position at Nanyang Technological University ADM (Singapore) and is currently directing his second short film, “Summer Tale”. He is also involved in multidisciplinary projects visualising science, medicine, and technology.

Nienke DeutzDirector

Nienke Deutz is a director and animator based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After studying Fine Arts in Maastricht and obtaining a masters degree in animation at the School of Arts in Ghent, she now operates in both the Dutch and Belgian animation scenes. Exploring the narrative and visual possibilities animated film has to offer, she looks to combine various animation techniques and ways of storytelling. Her work tends to revolve around human experiences, a recurring theme is the feeling of being out of place or time. Her debut film “Bloeistraat 11” won over 30 awards including the Cristal for best short film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Her latest film “The Miracle” is currently touring festivals. In the summer of 2023 she founded Tinsel studio together with filmmakers Alice Saey and Wiep Teeuwisse, a collective that directs and produces independent animation films.