Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival Announces Winners

Toshiyuki Kubooka’s Berserk Ougon Jidai-hen III: Kourin, Makoto Shinkai’s Kotonoha no Niwa, Hitoshi Takekiyo’s Houkago Midnighters and Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick-Heart short anime win awards, special mentions from the Montreal Fantasia 2013 Film Festival.

Toshiyuki Kubooka’s Berserk Ougon Jidai-hen III: Kourin won the Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation alongside Makoto Shinkai’s Kotonoha no Niwa.

Comment from the jury:

Berserk – this film is “fantastic” in every sense of the word, from start to finish. An intense visual attack of the senses, “The Advent” goes deep into the dark side, to look horror, pain and death in the face, without shying away.
Kotonoha no Niwa – this delicate film of poetic observations of life is extremely beautiful and every single scene is a masterpiece of composition. The colours, the exceptional backgrounds, and the intimate, well-observed relationships will win everyone over.

Masaaki Yuasa’s short anime Kick-Heart was awarded the Best Animated Short Film award by the jury at Fantasia 2013.

Hitoshi Takekiyo’s Houkago Midnighters received a special mention from the jury.

Source: Montreal Fantasia Festival

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