MESSAGE FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Scotland Loves Animation is a charity promoting animation as art. For the last seven years we’ve been running film festivals, workshops, exhibitions, graduate showcases and other events in Scotland to appeal to all ages and tastes. Our annual film festival, Scotland Loves Anime, has become renowned as the UK’s top film festival for Japanese animation. Every year we try and build on the one before, so we’re proud to present our most diverse lineup yet, with a mix of the hottest films blended with classics back by popular demand, coming to even more screens in Scotland than ever before: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Bo’ness, Dumfries and Aberdeen.

We’ve got 4 EU premieres, 5 UK Premieres and 1 Scottish premiere again this year. There’s something for everyone, from Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name  giving his contemporaries a real run for their money, all the way to the fan favourite Kizumonogatari – Part 1 & 2 coming to the big screen.

Remember, too, that Scotland Loves Anime is the first (and often the only) chance to see the best anime films on the big screen. It’s also the only place to meet the people behind the magic –  with Glasgow hosting Yoshimi Itazu, animation director of last year’s Golden Partridge winner, Miss Hokusai, and director of his first work, Pigtails, which headlines a programme of Production I.G shorts.

Our education day is back again too at Edinburgh College of Art, designed to foster links between students and the animation industry. This is always a great chance to learn from some of the most successful professionals in animation, make important connections and share ideas with other students from across the country.

We’ll be in the GFT in Glasgow (October 14th – 16th), the Filmhouse in Edinburgh (October 17th to 23rd) and touring across Scotland afterwards. This will be the biggest Scotland Loves Anime yet, so come along and try something new.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Andrew Partridge,
Festival Director

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