Song of the Sea, Mune Crown Tokyo Anime Awards
The award ceremony for the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015 was held on March 22nd at TOHO CIN EMAS Nihonbashi and the Grand Prizes for the Competition were announced.
Among the 21 Feature Film submissions and 1206 Short Film submissions from more than 60 regions and countries around the world, Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) won the Grand Prize of the festival.
The jury stated that 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 yet-to-be-relased cosmic adventure Mune (Alexandre Heboyan, Benoit Philippon) won the Best Film Award [more about Mune here].
Konstantin Bronzit won the Grand Prize for best short film with his We can't live without cosmos, for a film infused with stylish images and an adult sense of humor. Bang Bang! by Julien Bisaroand Beach Flags by Sarah Saidan received the Best Film Award (ex aequo).
The Greek stop-motion film My Stuffed Granny by Effie Pappa received a Special Jury Award [read her interview at Zippy Frames].
My Stuffed Granny
View all winners:
Grand Prize: Songof the Sea(Original Title) Director: Tomm Moore
Best Film Award: MUNE (Original Title) Directors: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoit Philippon
* The Grand Prize winner, Song of the Sea (original title), also was awarded the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Prize
Grand Prize: Mi ne mozem zhit bez kosmosa (Original Title) English Title: We can't live without cosmos. Director: Konstantin Bronzit
Best Film Award: Bang bang!(Original Title) Director: Julien Bisar
Beach Flags (Original Title) Director: Sarah Saidan
Special Jury Prize: My Stuffed Granny (Original Title) Director: Effie Pappa
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.