The Indie-AniFest festival, dedicated to promoting animated works created by students and independent artists in South Korea, is now touring Japan.
The showcase event, which is being promoted under the title "Hana Hiraku Korea Animation 2012" (Blooming South Korean Animation) in Japan, will travel to the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya on May 12 and 13 having completed its run in Tokyo and Osaka.
The event, which is now in its fifth year in Japan, has previously introduced "Wolf Daddy" and "A Coffee Vending Machine and His Sword" by Chang Hyung-yun.
This year, 25 animated shorts, including award-winning titles from the original South Korean event held last year, are showcased in three programs.
The 78-minute Short A program, under the subtitle "Life," includes eight titles such as "The Breakfast Table" and "The Man Did Not Cry."
The 81-minute Short B program, titled "City," includes "Camels," "City" and seven other works while the 78-minute Short C program, or "Nature," showcases "One Night with Ladies," "Natural Urban Nature" and six other shorts.
"The House," an animated feature that was invited to the Annecy International Animated Film Festival earlier this year, is also being screened. South Korean actress Kim Kkobbi, best known for her role in the critically acclaimed film "Breathless," gave her first voice-acting performance in the film.
The event is also offering talks, workshops and other programs to promote exchange among participants.
The Tokyo event offered a talk featuring "Ah" director Lee Sung-hwan and Japanese animation artist Mirai Mizue, while the Osaka event hosted a workshop and a talk with "One Night with Ladies" director Han Byung-a and Japanese civic film screening group called Animation Soup.
In Nagoya, "Natural Urban Nature" creator Kang Min-ji will join a screening of her works on May 12 and Korean Independent Animation Filmmakers Association (KIAFA) director Choi Yu-jin will give commentary on another special screening the next day.
The video-sharing websites YouTube and GyaO! are now streaming Indie-AniFest shorts.
For more information, visit the official website at (http://anikr.com/2012/top.html). To view the shorts, go to (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL626F7420D2521A43&feature=plcp) and (http://gyao.yahoo.co.jp/p/00005/v12176/).
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