The lineup of feature-length competitions for the Aussie International Animation Film Festival 2021 to be held in France from June 14th to 19th was announced on the 20th (21st Japan time), and the main official division will be directed by Akihiro Nishino from Japan.・ Original / Screenplay & Director Yusuke Hirota “Poupelle of Chimney Town”, Director Masashi Ando “Deer King Yuna and the Promised Journey” (released on September 10), Director Tamura Kotaro “Jose and Tiger and Fish” 3 works were selected. The festival is known as one of the largest animation film festivals in the world, and it is said that the competition section receives more than 2,700 entries for long and short films every year. There are two feature-length competitions, the official and the avant-garde Contorshan, and 10 works were selected as official. Among them, “Poupelle of Chimney Town
” is a feat following the recently announced 50th Rotterdam International Film Festival (June 2-6, Netherlands), which was the first animation to be decided as a closing film.
“Poupelle of Chimney Town” is based on a picture book by Nishino and is an adventure fantasy in which a boy Rubic and a garbage man Pupel go looking for stars in a town covered with smoke. The press release is accompanied by a sentence about the work, “A work depicting an amazing and original future came from STUDIO 4 ℃”, including content with a contemporary theme and “Children of the Sea” (2019). ) Seems to have been the point of selection because it was produced by STUDIO 4 ℃, which was screened in the Contorshan section in 2019 and attracted a lot of attention.
From “Shika no Ou Yuna and the Promised Journey”-Kadokawa Pictures Co., Ltd., Nippon Television Network Co., Ltd., Production IG
Meanwhile, “Jose, Tiger, and Fish,” which was described as “(animation production company) Bonds’ juicy romantic comedy” (from the festival press release), will be screened as the opening film of the festival. Prior to the film, it was also announced that Studio Ponoc’s short film “Tomorrow’s Leaves” will be screened for the first time in the world.