President of the Jury
Mamoru Oshii, Chairman of the Jury
I will participate as the chair of the judging committee. I think it is very meaningful to take the opportunity of an international film festival to convey the appeal of animation to everyone in the world. I'm also a movie director, so I think I can convey "what is an animated movie" in an easy-to-understand manner, comparing to the movie.
For example, what is the difference between the actor's play and the animator's drawing, how the role of the director of the movie and the animation is different, and what is the unique expression that only Japanese animation that is not full animation can do. I hope that I can send such massages to the world, from Niigata International animation film festival.
Film Festival Secretary General in Tokyo
Formerly known as "Japanimation," Japanese animation has become “the worldＡｎｉｍｅ." And now that we are in the age of distribution, it is also called global content. "Anime", which has gained a lot of fans all over the world, also has the aspect of content that is consumed, probably because of its high production volume. It was previously targeted at kids and enthusiasts, it's about to become a popular entertainment worldwide. Against this background, one of the important objectives of this Niigata International Animation Film Festival is to rediscover and re-evaluate the value of animation. In addition to interacting with international creators and screening archived works, we also provide a place for animation researchers to make presentations, and also develop human resources such as workshops.
I would like to make efforts so that Niigata, which produces the most animation and manga creators in Japan and has an animation information center and a manga library, will be a meaningful meeting place for animation-related people around the world.
Giving New Meaning to Animation from Niigata
We want to give animation a new meaning.
The Niigata International Animation Festival will start in March 2023.
In the 21st century, animation films around the world have become more diversified and variegated.
The changes can be seen in three areas: the regions where they are created, the themes/genres, and the media that convey the works.
First is the "creative region”. Today, an unprecedented amount of animation is being produced around the world, from Asia, Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania.
Valuing and discovering these diverse works requires new multiple perspectives as well.
However, while production is spreading around the world, the places where information and value of works are shared tend to be biased toward Europe and North America.
There is no better place than Japan to capture new changes. Japan has long been the hub of the East and Southeast Asian animation creative network, and as such, is home to a great deal of creativity and information.
The city of Niigata is also important. Multipolarization of creativity is not just happening on a country-by-country basis.
For a long time, animation in Japan was considered to be concentrated in Tokyo.
However, with the development of production technology and the recent lifestyle changes caused by the COVID disaster, more people are creating animation outside of Tokyo, and new studios are springing up one after another.
Niigata is truly emerging as a new region for the creation of animation and manga.
By holding the International Animation Festival in Niigata, we hope to convey the changes that are taking place in the world of animation.
Animation journalist. Author of the book "Who will create anime in the future?" (Seikaisha Shinsho)
Executive Committee Chairman of NIAFF
製作に「アネット」「Like Someone in Love」「スモーク」、著書に「インディペンデントの栄光」（筑摩書房）