The 25th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal announced the winners of this year’s festival on Thursday. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Gyokō no Nikuko-chan) received the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” as a Special Mention. The Stag King won the Bronze Audience Award for the best animated film. Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist, won the Bronze Audience Award for Best Documentary.
The festival staff said that its 25th edition will have “an increased focus on Japanese cinema … Celebrating the key role that Japanese culture has played in the history of Fantasia”.
The Deer King and Fire Craft were nominated for the Festival’s Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation in the Feature Film and Short Film respectively.
The festival also streamed the new theatrical version of Takahide Hori’s stop-motion project Junk Head. This was the North American premiere of the new cut.
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Studio 4 ° C’s anime film by Kanako Nishi’s novel Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko from the fishing port) opened on June 11th. The film will compete at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), which will run from September 22nd to October 3rd.
Shika no Ō: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi (The Deer King: The Promised Journey With Yuna), the anime film from Nahoko Uehashi’s medical fantasy novel series Shika no Ō (The Deer King), was originally scheduled to be released on March 18, 2020, but it will now open on September 10th of this year. Anime Limited plans to release the film in UK theaters in 2021 if the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation allows. GKIDS will release the film in North America in early 2022 with both English subtitles and English dubbing. shown in competition at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June.
The French documentary Satoshi Kon, l’illusionniste (formerly Satoshi Kon: La Machine À Rêves) by director Pascal-Alex Vincent had its world premiere at the Festival de Cannes 2021, which took place from July 6th to 17th.