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The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Coming Online October 24-25

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, the event will include four short film programs featuring award-winning and emerging talent in Japanese animation; highlights include Koji Yamamura’s ‘Water Dreams/Dreams into Drawing.’

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival originally launched in November 2010 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, UK; the festival screens the best in Japanese animation and culture to a wide audience. On October 24-25, the festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with two days of virtual animation fun.

The event will feature three Zoom meetings and four short film programs featuring award-winning film makers and emerging talents from various universities across Japan. Highlights include the latest works from Koji Yamamura (Water Dreams/Dreams Into Drawing); Shin Hosokawa (Dino!); Makiko Sukikara (Deep Sea's Rainbow) and Miho Yata, an animator known for her style of using knitted materials in her work. Students films will cover a wide range of topics and provide a glimpse of a new generation of emerging talent.

The Zoom events will be hosted by Miho Yata, Fusako Yusaki, a veteran claymation animator, and Chie Arai, animator, illustrator, and flip book extraordinaire!

All films are in Japanese with English subtitles and everything is FREE to view. For additional information, visit the Katatsu Japanese Animation Festival website.

Source: Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival