Hiroshima Animation Season 2024

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
14/08/2024 - 18/08/2024
Hiroshima, Japan
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Event Description:

Following the first edition in 2022, Hiroshima Animation Season, the only Oscar-qualifying animation festival in Japan, now reveals the date of its second edition: August 14-18, 2024. For five days in the summer of 2024, a season of diverse animation experiences from across the world will be coming at JMS Aster Plaza in Hiroshima City.

The festival's producer is Nobuaki Doi, and the artistic directors are Koji Yamamura (animation artist and picture book author) and Shizuka Miyazaki (animation artist and lecturer at the Hijiyama Junior College). The festival will be conducted in three divisions: Competition, Awards, and Academy.

2024 Call for Entries

Eligible Works: Animation works to be completed and released on or after April 1, 2022. Selection committee members: Koji Yamamura, Shizuka Miyazaki, Honami Yano (Adviser: Nobuaki Doi)

  •  Short Competition. Films with a running time of 30 min or less and produced in any country are eligible.
  • Feature Competition. Films produced worldwide with a running time of more than 30 minutes are eligible
  • Pan-Pacific and Asia Youth Competition
  • Japanese Commissioned Film Competition. Commissioned works (commercials, music videos, TV specials, educational/promotional content, etc.,) produced in Japan are eligible. The competition accepts films of any length.

2024 Call for Applicants:  H-Air: Hiroshima Artist in Residence

As a part of the academy program of Hiroshima Animation Season 2024, the main event of the Media Arts Division of the 2nd Hiroshima Festival, the Hiroshima Artist-in-Residence is a residency program for people involved in the field of animation.

Applicants must be working on a new, unpublished project related to animation. Projects other than animation, such as novels, comics, and films, may be submitted as long as they are intended to be adapted as animation projects in the future. Applicants may also apply if they are conducting research or study to develop a project.

  • Application period: December 1, 2023, 10:00 (JST) – January 31, 2024, 23:59 (JST)
  • Available Invitee Positions: 3 artists/specialists
  • Selection committee members: Nobuaki Doi, Koji Yamamura, Shizuka Miyazaki
  • Invitation Period: 92 days from June 1 to August 31, 2024

(Archive): 2022 Coverage

A new animation festival Hiroshima Animation Season is pleased to announce that three artists have been selected for our residence program “Hiroshima Artist in Residence (H- AIR)”.

The invited artists this time are Mahboobeh Kalaee (Iran), Nata Metlukh (USA), and Sakura Koretsune (Japan). The three artists, who are internationally acclaimed with remarkable achievements, will stay in Hiroshima City for six months starting from May or June, depending on the availability of artist’s arrival to Hiroshima, and work on their new projects and interact with the Hiroshima citizens.

Mahboobeh Kalaee has won numerous awards, including the Best Film Award at the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival for a stop-motion film "The Fouth Wall" last year. The film was also awarded the Grand Prix of the Animation category at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival which was recently announced, and she is attracting a great attention in Japan as well.

Nata Metlukh is a Ukrainian-born, U.S. based artist well known for GIF animations from her observations of people's everyday life, and she has over 27,000 followers on Instagram.
With her astute observation, "awkward," a film depicting common everyday awkward moments, was awarded the Best Short Film of the Year at PromoFest in Spain in 2020.

Sakura Koretsune is an artist who focuses on human activities, whaling, hunting culture, and the spiritual culture of the sea, and conducts fieldwork in Japan and abroad, creating works such as a little press and textile-based works. She participated in many exhibitions in Tohoku (''northeast'' region of Japan) and Hokkaido areas, including Yamagata Biennale and a solo exhibition at Rias Ark Museum of Art. She will be making a first animation in her hometown of Hiroshima, in the field area of the Seto Inland Sea.



Event Dates

  • From 14/08/2024 to 18/08/2024



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