"Harbor Tale," an animated short directed by Yuichi Ito and produced by Japanese animation studio I.Toon Ltd., won the Golden Slipper award for best animated film at the 52nd annual Zlin Film Festival held in the Czech Republic.
The short also received the Golden Apple audience award for best animated film from one of the world's oldest film festivals, which was held May 27-June 3.
This year, more than 300 works from around the globe were screened at the festival, with more than 60 titles of animation nominated for awards.
Head of the I.Toon studio, Ito is one of the leading stop-motion animators in Japan.
The studio has produced the "Knyacki" stop-motion animation series aired by Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), a music video for singer Ken Hirai's "Kimi wa Tomodachi" (You Are My Friend) and many other works.
The 18-minute "Harbor Tale" is set in Y, a harbor town somewhere in the world. It follows an adventure of a red brick that steps out of an old building.
The Czech Republic is also home to renowned stop-motion animation artists Karel Zeman and Jiri Trnka.
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