ANIME NEWS: 2014 Yubari film festival to focus on unheralded filmmakers

January 15, 2014

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Uncelebrated artists and an homage to filmmakers who have made contributions to cinema will be the major focus of the 2014 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.

The latest edition of the festival will be held Feb. 27-March 3 in Yubari, Hokkaido, under the motto "Fantastic People."

Preparations for special events and the presentation of a new award are currently under way.

Three hundred and fifty-two entries have been submitted in the Off-Theater Competition category. Of these, about 10 titles will be selected for screening. The recipient of the top Grand Prix award will be announced on the final day of the festival.

Mike Hostench, deputy director of Spain's Sitges Film Festival, and Thomas Nam, managing director of the Network of Asian Fantastic Films at South Korea's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, will serve as judges along with Japanese actors Takumi Saito and Eihi Shiina. Director Kichitaro Negishi will serve as the lead judge.

For the Inter Film/ Short Film Competition category, which was established last year, Puchon International Student Animation Festival programmer Eugene Kim, "Space Pirate Captain Harlock," anime director Shinji Aramaki and visual effects supervisor Tsuyoshi Kazuno will serve as judges.

The Yubari filmfest was first held in 1990, focusing on genre movies such as science fiction, fantasy, animation and horror.

The festival was canceled in 2007 after the Yubari city government, its main sponsor, filed for bankruptcy in 2006. It was later revived by a group of residents.

For more information, visit the official website at (

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Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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Actor Takumi Saito (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Actor Takumi Saito (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

  • Actor Takumi Saito (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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