Like every year, Anima't, the SITGES International Film Festival of Catalonia's animation category, will be paying special attention to the latest and most outstanding in Japanese animated film.
Among the feature films to be screened in Anima't are productions from important studios like Gonzo, Madhouse and Production IG.
Gin-iro no Kami no Agito (Origin: Spirits of the Past), by Keiichi Sugiyama, is a futuristic action adventure fantasy, with an ecological spirit. It is produced by Gonzo, one of the most important animation studios in Japan.
Toki o kakeru shôjo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), by Mamoru Hosoda, a movie combining romance and science fiction, produced by Madhouse.
Tachighishi Retsuden (Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters), by Mamoru Oshii, a hilarious faux documentary shot using superlivemation technology, created especially by Oshii for this project. Produced by Production IG.
Satoshi Kon, whose complete works have been shown in Sitges, will be attending the Festival to present his latest, out-of-competition movie Paprika, produced by Madhouse.
In addition, Anima't will be presenting two puppet animation feature films that represent the best in independent animation: Shisha no sho (The Book of the Dead), by Kihachiro Kawamoto, and Blood Tea and Red Strings, made by Christiane Cegavske.
Among Anima't's wide selection of short films are movies backed by important awards like História Trágica com Final Féliz by Regina Pessoa, award-winner at the 2006 Annecy Festival or Rabbit by Run Wrake, as well as the latest works by animation classics like Bretislav Pojar (Hiroshi) and contemporary classics like Joanna Quinn (Dreams and Desires ' Family Ties) or Bill Plympton (Guide Dog).
As previously announced, The Fantàstic Official Selection will be offering animated films like Princess by Anders Morgentahlers or Renaissance by Christian Volckman. In addition, A Scanner Darkly by Richard Linklater will be screened in the Oficial Première Category.
Christian Volckman will be holding a master class where he will explain the artistic and technical creation process in Renaissance.