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The TOKYO ANIME AWARD FESTIVAL (TAAF), Japan’s leading international film festival for animated films, is on again this year from Friday, March 10th, through until Sunday, March 13th! With “TOKYO is the HUB of contemporary ANIMATION!” as its motto, TAAF will feature numerous high-quality and original animated films from around the globe. From Tokyo, the festival shall transmit a new wave of animation that will spread internationally.

The main screening venues for TAAF this year will be five cinemas in Ikebukuro. Moreover, at both the Suginami Animation Museum in Ogikubo and at the Institut Français in Iidabashi, events will be held before the main festival kicks off.

As something new, so as to convey the attraction and possibilities offered by animation to children who represent the next generation, this year TAAF has newly-established the “Children’s Animation Section” of the festival. This section plans to carry out activities that will cater for lots of children. There will be workshops where they can experience the joys of creating animated works first-hand. There will also be a “Family Cinema” where children and their parents can enjoy screenings of numerous domestic and overseas animated films.

What is more, this year marks the 100th anniversary of domestically-produced animated films being shown to the Japanese public. In recognition of that milestone, TAFF 2017 will feature some special events. One such event will be a special screening of In This Corner of the World, an animated film that has enjoyed a record long run since its debut last year.

This year, almost 700 works from 57 countries and regions applied to be placed in competition, and those that were subsequently nominated will be shown during TAAF 2017. In both the Feature Film and Short Film competitions, it is planned that a number of fine works not widely shown in Japan will be screened. Please confirm the program of screenings on the official TAAF website, and if there is something that you would like to see, please make an effort and get to the cinema!

*Further details can be found on the following website: