SCOTLAND LOVES ANIME – 2015 AWARDS
TUESDAY OCTOBER 20TH, 2015, Glasgow – Scotland Loves Anime are pleased to announce that Miss Hokusai has won the Judges Award while the Audience Award goes to The Murder Case of Hana & Alice.
The jury highly valued Miss Hokusai‘s grasp not only of the sights, but also of the sounds and sensations of the Edo period. In consideration of the stated intent of the director, Keiichi Hara, to evoke the qualities of Hinako Sugiura’s source manga, it was regarded as an excellent achievement. Professionals on the jury cited its parallels with the life of any creative, even in modern times, as well as the deft insertion of historical personages and local colour. The animation quality was deemed superb.
The Murder Case of Hana & Alice played to over 500 cinema-goers during the festival and stole the hearts of Jurors too – with its use of rotoscoping not considered a detriment to its inclusion in an “animation” festival, while jurors noted the opportunities its filming technique offered for capturing the realist “data” of micro-gestures and body language, and unorthodox filming angles. The script was found to be charming and witty, and the tone of the film a welcome antidote to much of the sensationalism to be found in many anime works.
This year’s judging panel consisted of:
Jonathan Clements – Chief Judge, Author of Anime: A HISTORY
Garry Marshall – Director, Super Umami
Claire Copping – Artist, Team Giblets
John Noel – Chaostangent.com
Justin Sevakis – Director of New Media at Anime News Network, Owner of MediaOCD
Set in 1814 Edo (now known as Tokyo), a much accomplished artist of the time works tirelessly in his house-atelier. He is as short-tempered and sarcastic as he is brilliant, with no passion for money or meaningless pastimes like drinking. His name is Katsushika Hokusai and decades later his work would come to mesmerise Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, Klimt and Debussy.
But very few were aware of the woman who often painted for him while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father. She inherited both his stubbornness and his talent, and her art is so powerful that it leads her to trouble…
It has been licensed for homevideo and theatrical distribution by Anime Limited and is expected to receive limited theatrical in January – March 2016, with homevideo in March 2016.
ABOUT THE AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER: THE MURDER CASE OF HANA & ALICE
Tetsuko, AKA Alice, is off to a fresh start. Having just settled down with her recently divorced mother, she’s set to begin school at Ishinomori College. Upon arrival, she quickly falls victim to peer bullying but after running into Fuko, an old ballet partner, she finds solace in her return to dance.
It is during such a dancing session that she overhears about the enigmatic affair of the Ishinomori High murder. According to rumour, a student named Judas was supposedly killed by four other students also named Judas. Despite its inherent absurdity, the story fuels many fiery discussions and leads to much strange behaviour, including ludicrous rituals and in-class possessions.
When Alice discovers that her next-door neighbour Hana, who has been holed up inside her apartment for months, might hold the missing pieces to this homicidal puzzle, she decides to pay her a visit. Together, they’ll follow the threads of a shady investigation that will cement their friendship forever.
Acquired for screening direct from the Japanese licensor with many thanks.
ABOUT SCOTLAND LOVES ANIME:
Scotland Loves Animation is arts and education charity, here to promote animation and foster links between students and the animation industry.
Our annual film festival, Scotland Loves Anime, is now in its 6th year and has become renowned as the UK’s top festival for Japanese animation. As part of this we host an annual education day where animation students and graduates can learn from and connect with professionals in the industry.
Scotland Loves Anime is held in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but we partner with other film festivals across Scotland to ensure that the best films travel. Throughout the year we tour films to areas that otherwise wouldn’t be able to see them on the big screen. Previous tours have included Inverness, Dundee, Dumfries and Aberfeldy.
All Scotland Loves Animation events are entirely non-profit: every penny goes back into bringing bigger, better events to you.