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TAAF sings Song of the Sea

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) concluded on Monday with Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominee Song of the Sea taking home the festival’s Grand Prize.

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea’s Fabian Erlinghauser presented at Animfx in November last year.

Ahead of its run, the festival announces a selection of honorary Achievement Awards in various categories, usually to Japanese animé artists. This year 11 artists were honoured, from a singer and voice actor through to an art director and producer.

The festival attracted 21 feature submissions and over 1200 shorts from 60 countries. Five features screened in competition with 36 shorts selected. The festival also presented a seven-programme focus on Canadian animation, giving outings to titles dating back to the work of Len Lye’s contemporary Norman McLaren.

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015 (TAAF2015) ran 19 – 23 March. The award winners were:

Feature Film
Grand Prize 
 
Song of the Sea, Tomm Moore
Song of the Sea was also awarded the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Prize
 
Best Film
MUNE, Alexandre Heboyan & Benoit Philippon

Short Film 
Grand Prize

Mi ne mozem zhit bez kosmosa (We can’t live without the cosmos), Konstantin Bronzit
Mi ne mozem zhit bez kosmosa was also awarded the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Prize
 
Best Film
(tied)
Bang bang!, Julien Bisar
Beach Flags, Sarah Saidan
 
Special Jury Prize
My Stuffed Granny, Effie Pappa
 
The Audience Choice Award
Sicigorousawa un Cironnop, Sugihara Tune

Animation of the Year (theatrical)
Frozen

Animation of the Year (TV)
Ping Pong

Animé d’Or
Keiichi Hara