The annual Tokyo Anime Award event was held March 24 as part of the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2012, with Chinese artists stepping up their presence.
Chinese animation creator Chen Xifeng won the Grand Prize in the Open Entries category with his short "Pig Sale." "Happy Anniversary" by Chinese artist Cheng Teng took home the Special Award, while "Spots Spots" by Chinese student Hu Yuanyuan won the Open Entries Selected Prize.
The Tokyo Anime Award competition has two categories. The Nomination Entries category honors outstanding commercial animated works, while the Open Entries category covers amateur creators.
A total of 382 works were submitted for the Open Entries category this spring. In addition to 96 entries from Japan, 93 works came from China. Taiwan followed with 59, and 41, 27 and 15 came from France, Germany and South Korea, respectively.
China also beefed up its presence at the Tokyo International Anime Fair, with Chinese companies setting up more booths at the event.
Tokiji Kaburaki, head of the jury panel, said he felt a positive energy from the works from China and a strong sense of reality in those coming from Germany.
Kaburaki also said that because the public entries are produced on an independent basis, it is possible for students to compete with professionals. Students can spend a lot more time on their entries than their professional counterparts, who have to juggle between their work commitments, he said.
Meanwhile, "Sing In My Own Way" by Kosuke Sugimoto was awarded the runner-up Outstanding Work prize in the Open Entries category.
For more details, visit (http://www.tokyoanime.jp/en/award/winner/).
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