HIROSHIMA 2018 Official Programs (tentative)

Program Timetable

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Programs in Details

PDF Aug. 23 (thu) (PDF/283KB)
PDF Aug. 24 (fri) (PDF/288KB)
PDF Aug. 25 (sat) (PDF/402KB)
PDF Aug. 26 (sun) (PDF/301KB)
PDF Aug. 27 (mon) (PDF/292KB)

Notice) The timetable and contents of the program are subject to change.

The most important thing in this world ---- Heart to Heart!!!
A treasure chest of animation in Hiroshima; an emotionally stirring experience that will stay in your heart!!!

This summer marks the 17th Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Since 1985 the festival has been held biennially under the spirit of LOVE & PEACE, with artists and their incredible creativity at its core. Aiming to promote cross-cultural exchange through the advancement of the culture and art of animation media, the festival is endorsed by the Association International du Film d’Animation (ASIFA) as well as the American Academy Awards. In addition to the Official Competition Program, the quality of which is recognized internationally, we will be holding many special programs, including World premieres and Asian/Japan premieres, and also, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, etc. There will be works from various countries that can only be seen in Hiroshima, and many animation filmmakers and animation people from around the world will be attending in person. We are confident that our festival will be a wonderful creative site for international exchange, and hope you will join us and enjoy the world of animation!

Competition (Open to Audience)

The International Juries will decide Grand Prize, Hiroshima Prize, Debut Prize, Renzo Kinoshita Prize and other prizes from 75 works selected for Competition from 2,842 entries (88 countries and regions). In addition, Audience Prize will be chosen by votes of audience. Award Ceremony will be held on the final day, 27th Aug. In this program, internationally renowned animation masters and young promising animation filmmakers will be competing equally, and audience will enjoy their high quality works together with competition directors attending from all over the world.

Yoji Kuri Retrospective (Screening and Talk)

Yoji Kuri — the International Honorary President of HIROSHIMA 2018, and who also created our official poster — spearheaded Japanese independent animation. He has received international recognition since as early as the 1960’s and is still actively working today. Celebrating the 90 years of Yoji Kuri, we hope you will enjoy the screening of his witty and satirical works as well as his valuable talk.

LOVE (1963)
  • "LOVE" (1963, 5'00")
  • Directed by Yoji Kuri
  • © Yoji Kuri

Michael Dudok de Wit - Two Special Programs
Feature Animation “The Red Turtle” and Two Short Films(Screening, Talk and Exhibition)

Michael Dudok de Wit has been the only winner of both Grand Prize and Hiroshima Prize from the past Hiroshima International Animation Festival, and we are pleased to welcome him as our special guest.
There will be two programs:
(1) a screening of his inspiring feature animation “The Red Turtle”, with Michael’s short speech before the screening.
(2) a screening of his two short films “Father and Daughter” (HIROSHIMA ’02 Grand Prize) and “The Monk and the Fish” (HIROSHIMA ’96 Hiroshima Prize), as well as Michael’s talk about his filmmaking.

The Red Turtle
  • "The Red Turtle"(2016, 81'00")
  • Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit
  • © 2016 Studio Ghibli - Wild Bunch
    - Why Not Productions - Arte France Cinéma
    - CN4 Productions - Belvision
    - Nippon Television Network - Dentsu - Hakuhodo DYMP
    - Walt Disney Japan - Mitsubishi – Toho

Raoul Servais Retrospective

Belgian master of animation Raoul Servais, who will also turn 90 this year, remains as active as ever. He has honored us by serving as the festival’s International Honorary President twice in the past. In appreciating Raoul’s dedication to animation field over many years, we will be screening a selection of his short films that have received numerous international awards.

  • "Harpya" (1979, 9'00")
  • Directed by Raoul Servais
  • © Raoul Servais Foundation

Estonian Animation Special (34 Programs)

An intensive focus on Estonian animation from its pioneering days until the present. Such a huge focus on Estonian works together will be the first time ever in the world.

Big Tyll
  • "Big Tyll"(1980, 13'41")
  • Directed by Rein Raamat
  • © Tallinnfilm, Estonian Film Institute

Asian Premiere: Estonian Feature Animation "Captain Morten and the Spider Queen"

Screening of the latest Estonian feature film directed by Kasper Jancis. An excellent puppet animation showing the growth of a boy.

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen
  • "Captain Morten and the Spider Queen" (2018, 80'00")
  • Directed by Kaspar Jancis

Estonian Feature Animation "Frank and Wendy"

Screening of a unique feature film, full of Estonian atmosphere, co-directed by talented Estonian filmmakers: Priit Pärn, Kaspar Jancis, Ülo Pikkov and Priit Tender.

Frank and Wendy
  • "Frank and Wendy" (2003-2005, 66'30")
  • Directed by Priit Pärn, Kaspar Jancis, Ülo Pikkov, Priit Tender
  • © Eesti Joonisfilm

Estonian Feature Animation "Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: a Rapid Love Story"

Screening of a feature animation directed by Mait Laas. Dealing with the social problem of illegal immigrants from Africa, the film shows the impossible love between Orange Boy Maroc and a singing boat refugee Lemon Girl Lisa.

Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: a Rapid Love Story
  • "Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: a Rapid Love Story" (2013, 72'00")
  • Directed by Mait Laas

Estonia: Documentary "Kings of the Time"

Screening of a documentary about the history of Estonian Animation, directed by Mait Laas.

Kings of the Time
  • "Kings of the Time" (2008, 72'00")
  • Directed by Mait Laas

Estonian Filmmakers’ Retrospectives, TV series, Commercials, Music Videos etc.

Screening of outstanding Estonian animation works including shorts directed by representative filmmakers from its pioneering days to today, such as from Elbert Tuganov and Heino Pars to Rein Raamat, Priit Pärn, Ülo Pikkov, Priit Tender, and many others, as well as TV series, Commercials, Music Videos, etc.

Japan Premiere: Feature Animation "Hoffmaniada"

Screening of a beautiful and elaborate puppet feature animation depicting the world of Russian artist E.T.A. Hoffmann, through the expression unique to animation.

  • "Hoffmaniada" (2018, 72'00")
  • Directed by Stanislav Sokolov
  • © Souzmultfilm

Japan Premiere: Feature Animation "Little Heroes"

Screening of a new feature animation directed by Juan Pablo Buscarini from Venezuela. This is a story of friendship and adventure by three brave children fighting for freedom more than 200 years ago.

Little Heroes
  • "Little Heroes" (2017, 76'19")
  • Directed by Juan Pablo Buscarini

Feature Animation "In This Corner of the World"

Screening of “In This Corner of the World” directed by Sunao Katabuchi, as the festival’s very first opening program. Masao Maruyama, a member of the International Jury of HIROSHIMA 2018, was involved in this work from the start up of its production.

In This Corner of the World
  • "In This Corner of the World" (2016, 129'00")
  • Directed by Sunao Katabuchi
  • © こうの史代・双葉社/「この世界の片隅に」製作委員会

Feature Animation "POM POKO"

Screening of “POM POKO” in memory of the director Isao Takahata, who passed away in April 2018. Takahata used to say that “POM POKO” is one of his most favorite representative works.

  • "POM POKO" (1994, 119'00")
  • Directed by Isao Takahata
  • © 1994 畑事務所・Studio Ghibli・NH

"Vimeo Staff Picks: Behind the Scenes" (Seminar)

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of “Vimeo Staff Picks”, the Vimeo’s film curation page, their Senior Curator Jeffrey Bowers will hold a seminar and show a selection of works.

Best of the World

Screening of superior animation works of recent years from around the world.

Stars of Students

Well-reputed program that aims to discover young talented filmmakers. Screening of excellent student animation works from around the world. Audience will enjoy the talents of the next generation in the field of animation.

Animations for Peace

Screening of inspiring peace-themed films, sharing the spirit and the heart of Hiroshima.

Contemporary Japanese Animation

Screening of high quality works by Japanese animation filmmakers today.

Animation from the World

Introducing creative animation shorts full of inspiration from countries and regions, which we rarely get the chance to see in Japan.

Animation for Children

Screenings of attracting animation for children from various countries.

Animation Made by Children of the World

Estonian children’s animation workshop films by NUKUFILM LASTESTUUDIO, International Projects of ASIFA Workshop Group / AWG 2017-2018 entitled “A Funny Story” (World Premiere), The film entitled “Cat” made by children of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Animation Workshop 2017, Flip Book Contest Award Ceremony, etc.

Information BOX 2018 Works by International Selection Committee Members

Screening the works by International Selection Committee Members of HIROSHIMA 2018: Kine Aune (Norway), Ferran Gallart (Catalonia/Spain) and Menno de Nooijer (The Netherlands).

Ishu Patel Retrospective (Screening and Talk)

Animation shorts by Ishu Patel, a member of the International Jury of HIROSHIMA 2018, made during his time at the National Film Board of Canada, have been inspiring the audiences all over the world. Screening of his representative works and talk.

  • "Paradise" (1984, 15'00")
  • Directed by Ishu Patel
  • © National Film Board of Canada

Priit Pärn Retrospective (Screening and Talk)

Screening of Priit Pärn’s award winning representative works and talk - a member of the International Jury of HIROSHIMA 2018.

  • Directed by Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn
  • © Eesti Joonisfilm

Oxana Cherkasova Retrospective (Screening and Talk)

Screening of Oxana Cherkasova’s award winning representative works and talk - a member of the International Jury of HIROSHIMA 2018.

Rossini. Notes of a Gourmet
  • "Rossini. Notes of a Gourmet" (2011, 13'45")
  • Directed by Oxana Cherkasova
  • © Studio M.I.R.

Isabelle Favez's Master Class (Lecture)

A master class “Tell me a story” by Isabelle Favez, a member of the International Jury of HIROSHIMA 2018, with screening of her award winning representative animation shorts.

  • "Air-Mail" (2015, 6'07")
  • Directed by Isabelle Favez
  • © Nadasdy Film

Free Spaces for Promotion and Exchange

*Bring your works with you! Reservation for free space can be made at the venue for free of charge, during the festival.

Frame In : A free space for young creators, who wish to become professionals, to present your own works and exchange information. Animation professionals may give you suggestions on your work. There will also be special seminars by festival guests. Looking forward to your participation!
Nexus Point : A free space for business exchange. Animation professionals, production companies, distributors, etc., are welcome to bring and show your works, make presentations and lectures. Looking forward to your participation!

Educational Film Market

A very unique film market providing bridges between schools, students and productions. Japanese major animation schools and universities will be setting up booths to publicize their educational programs and to find new students. Students may promote their talents and gain chances to work internationally. Production companies may take this opportunity to discover new young talents. Also, there will be previewing desks to appreciate students works from all over the world.


Exhibitions of artworks related to Special programs.

Kid’s Clips

"Kid's Clips" is the room for an open workshop for children to experience and learn animation as one of expressive media. In addition, children's workshop films from various countries will be shown. You can join any time during the festival.

Computer Animation Making World

In this workshop space, you can enjoy creating animation easily by using simple software. From children to adults, anyone can animate your own drawings, or even the still photos taken by a digital camera. You can join any time during the festival.

・・・and many more!