The awards continue to pile up for "A Letter to Momo."
Director Hiroyuki Okiura's work won the Best Animated Feature Film award at the 6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 23, the first Japanese animation film to win the accolade in five years.
"A Letter to Momo" faced tough competition as top Japanese anime accounted for four of the five nominations, including "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Rainbow Fireflies" and "Wolf Children."
The only non-Japanese animated feature was the U.S.-Australia film "Happy Feet Two."
"A Letter to Momo" is the story of a girl whose father recently died and she moves to an island in the Seto Inland Sea where strange things start happening around her.
The story revolves around the bond between parent and child.
Okiura, who won international acclaim with his "Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade," took seven years to create the film.
The film's high-quality animated imagery and beautiful background art created by the nation's top-class animators also won great reviews.
"A Letter to Momo" has already won a slew of awards, including the Grand Prize in the feature film category at the 16th New York International Children's Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature at the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.
The APSA was established to honor outstanding films from the Asia-Pacific region.
The Best Feature Film award went to "Tepenin Ardi" (Beyond the Hill), a Turkish-Greek film directed by Emin Alper.
The documentary "Planet of Snail," which was produced by filmmakers from Japan, South Korea and Finland, won a High Commendation prize.
Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto won the FIAPF award for Outstanding Achievement in Film for his musical and acting activities. He personally accepted the award at the ceremony and gave a live performance.
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