Unveiling Hiroshima Animation Season 2024: A Captivating Cinematic Odyssey

Hiroshima Animation Season 2024 Unveils Competition Lineup, Unveiling Diverse Global Showcase

Hiroshima, Japan (May 23, 2024) – The upcoming 2nd edition of Hiroshima Animation Season 2024 (HAS) has unveiled its competition lineup, showcasing an eclectic array of animated films from around the world. Selected from a staggering 2,634 entries representing 97 countries and regions, the festival will screen 78 films in competition.

Diverse Program Features Multiple Categories

The HAS competition program is divided into four distinct categories:

* Short Film Competition: Featuring four thematic categories (“Contemporary Tale,” “A Slice of Society,” “Fictive World,” and “Visual Poetry”), highlighting unique storytelling and artistic perspectives.
* Feature Competition: A showcase for five feature-length animated films, including highly anticipated works from both established and emerging filmmakers.
* Pan-Pacific and Asia Youth Competition: Celebrating the vibrant and innovative animation landscape of the Pan-Pacific and Asia regions, showcasing emerging talent and unique cultural perspectives.
* Japanese Commissioned Film Competition: Recognizing the exceptional commissioned animation produced within Japan, featuring collaborative projects between artists and organizations.

Prestigious Artistic Committee Curates Lineup

The HAS selection committee, comprised of prominent industry professionals, meticulously reviewed each submission. The committee included festival artistic director Koji Yamamura, festival co-producer Shizuka Miyazaki, animation artist Honami Yano, and producer Nobuaki Doi (advisor).

Networking and Collaboration Opportunities Abound

Beyond the competition, HAS 2024 introduces the Hiroshima Animation Academy & Meeting (HAM). This networking program will take place from August 15-17, alongside the festival, offering attendees a platform to connect, collaborate, and build industry relationships.

Oscar-Qualifying Event Highlights Festival’s International Stature

As an Oscar-qualifying event, HAS provides a significant platform for animated films to gain recognition and potential nominations for the Academy Awards. The festival’s commitment to excellence and its global reach make it a highly respected event within the animation industry.

Complete Competition Lineup

Short Competition: Category “Contemporary Tale”

* Children of the Bird (Julia Tudisco/2024/Hungary/11:31)
* A Night at the Rest Area (Saki Muramoto/2024/Japan/11:34)
* World To Roam (Stephen Irwin/2023/United Kingdom/12:21)
* Miserable Miracle (Ryo Orikasa/2023/France, Japan, Canada/8:13)
* The Role (Paolo Chianta/2023/United Kingdom/5:28)
* Wander to Wonder (Nina Gantz/2023/Netherlands, Belgium/13:50)
* Ship Down the Well (Chen Xi / Zhou Xiaolin/2023/China/14:28)

Short Competition: Category “A Slice of Society”

* There Are People in the Forest (Szymon Ruczynski/2023/Poland/9:53)
* Butterfly (Florence Miailhe/2024/France/15:00)
* Menagerie (Jack Gray/2022/United States/4:26)
* All my Scars Vanish in the Wind (Angélica Restrepo / Carlos Velandia/2022/Colombia/14:18)
* Mee and Burd (Greg McLeod/2023/United Kingdom/7:48)
* From Our Side (Simone Massi/2022/5:00)
* Dear Humans (Joo Peter/2023/Indonesia/5:00)
* Beautiful Men (Nicolas Keppens/2023/Belgium, France/18:53)

Short Competition: Category “Visual Poetry”

* Two One Two (Shira Avni/2023/Canada/4:12)
* From One Painting… to Another (Georges Schwizgebel/2023/France, Switzerland/3:10)
* The Hour Coat (Amy Kravitz/2022/United States/12:39)
* Gina Kamentskyʼs Pinocchio in 70mm (Gina Kamentsky/2024/United States/3:12)
* O/S (Max Hattler/2023/Hong Kong, Germany/5:00)
* The Eastern Rain (Milly Yencken/2023/Estonia/9:07)
* Sing, David, Sing (David Ehrlich/2023/United States/2:19)
* The Butterfly Dream (Fumio Ohi/2024/Japan/6:44)
* Burning (Liu Yi/2024/China/4:30)
* Croak Show (Suresh Eriyat/2024/India/4:12)
* Me (Don Hertzfeldt/2024/United States/22:00)

Feature Competition

* Eternal Spring (Jason Loftus/2022/Canada/85:38)
* When Adam Changes (Joël Vaudreuil/2023/Canada/93:30)
* Sirocco And the Kingdom of The Winds (Benoit Chieux/2023/France, Belgium/80:00)
* WHITE PLASTIC SKY (Tibor Bánóczki / Sarolta Szabó/2023/Hungary, Slovenia/111:00)
* The Glassworker (Usman Riaz/2024/Pakistan/90:00)

Pan-Pacific and Asia Youth Competition 1: Unique Visual Experiments

* Body Of a Shadow (Anderea Munoz Alvarez/2024/Columbia/11:59)
* Sewing Love (Xu Yuan/2023/Japan/8:36)
* Bonem9 (Li Jian-Hua/2023/Taiwan/6:15)
* Return (Chen Lindong/2023/Japan/2:50)
* Wind Whisperer (Fernanda Caicedo/2022/Germany, Ecuador/6:30)
* I
* Am a Horse (Chaerin Im/2022/Republic of Korea, Denmark/7:58)
* me, me, me, me
* , (Ito Rina/2024/Japan/7:44)
* Blood Machine (Xiao Wenbo/2023/China/8:27)
* Skinny World (Yang Huaxu/2023/China/3:14)
* Cut & (Di Liang/2023/United States=China/1:47)
* Lost Letters (Kyhynngy Oyuur/2024/Sakha, Republic of Russia, Netherlands/12:00)

Pan-Pacific and Asia Youth Competition 2: Diverse Voices

* Hitori (ajisa/2023/Japan/11:18)
* Lying Ant (Tay Jing Sy/2023/Singapore/3:46)
* Vision (Çağıl Harmandar/2023/Japan, Turkey/7:18)
* Friday-Fair (Luiza Alberti/2023/Australia/3:49)
* Shape of the Elephant (Sam Kuwa/2023/Japan/8:11)
* The Tree (Guillermo Arias/2022/Longotoma, La ligua. Chile./4:48)
* The Posthuman Hospital (Junha Kim/2023/Republic of Korea, United States/6:54)
* Mold (Shi Shengxue/2023/Japan, China/2:42)
* This Is a Story Without a Plan (Cassie Shao/2023/United States/7:35)
* Shallow Dream (Marina Suzuki/2024/Japan/2:29)
* I See Myself a Monster (AA Cheng/2023/China, United States/3:42)
* Dear Daughter (Hsu Pan Naing/2023/Myanmar, Germany/12:29)

Japanese Commissioned Film Competition

* With Mother: Team of Trashes Goes Job Hunting (Mio Ueta/2023/Japan/7:54)
* Nhk Minnano Uta: Wakusei (Artist: Sexy Zone) (Sawako Kageyama/2022/Japan/2:25)
* Dustcell: Inside (Ryoji Yamada/2022/Japan/3:06)
* Wi-Cocoon – Art Treat Spa (Makiko Sukikara/Kohei Matsumura/2022/Japan/5:28)
* Tiny Tales: Haru-tsuge Fish and Fu-rai Boy (Takeshi Yashiro/2023/Japan/5:00)
* Hoshimiya Toto+Templime
* : Mind Replacer (Tarafu Otani/202