In regard to our International Animation Festival, which has always been held under the spirit of LOVE & PEACE every two years since its first edition in 1985, we were preparing enthusiastically for its 18th edition, which planned to be held from August 20th to 24th this year. However, in the current circumstances due to corona virus outbreak, which we are not able to say for certain when it will end, we had to determine that we are not capable of dispelling the risk of infection completely without changing our conventional festival format, which involves many domestic and international visitors and affiliates.
Therefore, we have now decided to take place HIROSHIMA 2020 on another format and smaller scale as follows.
- The official competition, the core of our festival, is going to be held using online conference system by the international jury members in place of public screenings with audience at the festival venue.
- We are going to cancel all our special programs such as the screening of superior animation works from around the world, Educational Film Market, workshops and all pre-events for instance ‘The Festival Eve’.
- As for award-winning films, due to cancellation of the screenings, we will continuously consider the possibility to open them to the public via the Internet.
We will keep you update for further details as soon as we decide on our official website.
April 30, 2020
International Animation Festival Organizing Committee
Thank you very much for your entry to HIROSHIMA 2020 Competition!
It is our pleasure to announce that we have received 2,339 entries from 84 countries / regions.
In regard to the starting date of our selection committee, it was changed to May 1st from May 9th, since we expected that it may require more time for the selection procedure using online conference system.
Also, because of time differences, we had to determine that we are not able to hold the selection via online conference system internationally with our International Selection Committee members (Svetlana Filippova, Zbigniew Czapla, Lynn Tomlinson, and Stefan Stratil).
Therefore, as for HIROSHIMA 2020, the selection has been held by Hiroshi Onishi, one of the International Selection Committee members, as well as by those surrogates from Japan (Kotaro Sato, Makiko Nagao, Sayoko Kinoshita), to whom our international selection committee delegated.
Svetlana Filippova(Russia), Zbigniew Czapla(Poland), Lynn Tomlinson(U.S.A.), Stefan Stratil(Austria), Hiroshi Onishi(Japan)
※ As for HIROSHIMA 2020, the selection will be held by Hiroshi Onishi, one of the international selection committee members, as well as by those surrogates from Japan, to whom our international selection committee delegated.
Hiroshima International Animation Festival is a biennial manifestation held in Hiroshima City in August, endorsed by Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA).