Thirteen anime from Japan have been nominated to compete at the 16th Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival to be held July 18-22.
Keita Kurosaka's "Midori-ko" is nominated in the feature films category. The title has gained wide attention after it was nominated for an award at the 2010 Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Five works made their way into the short films category, including Yuichi Ito's "Harbor Tale," Atsushi Wada's "The Mechanism of Spring" and Mirai Mizue's "Modern No. 2."
Wada was also nominated in the category with his "The Great Rabbit," a French-produced short film that won the Silver Bear award at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Another short by Mizue titled "And And" is also nominated in the advertising films category.
Four short films mentioned in the student films category were created by students at the Department of Animation of the Graduate School of Film and New Media at Tokyo University of the Arts in Yokohama.
Three works created by students from the university have also been included in the out-of-competition panorama program selected by members of the festival committee.
Critically acclaimed animation artist Koji Yamamura's "Muybridge's Strings" has also been included in the panorama program.
Created in 1995, the SICAF is a major film festival in South Korea. In its relatively short history, it has grown into one of the leading filmfests in the world. The SICAF also offers exhibitions and other programs along with the competition event.
Previously, two Japanese animated feature films, Wao Corp.-produced "Nitaboh" and Production I.G Inc.-created "Tokyo Marble Chocolate," won the grand prize in the feature films category.
Visit the SICAF at (http://www.sicaf.org/2012/index.jsp).
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