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    Sci-fi Anime Marathon at 14th Japanese Film Festival in Australia

    Source: Japan Foundation, Sydney press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Evon Fung Sydneysiders grab your tickets to the 14th Japanese Film Festival, on sale now at Event Cinemas George Street. From 22 November, the festival returns for one week only. Don’t miss your chance to meet this year’s festival guest, Naoyoshi Shiotani. Shiotani is the Animation Director of OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR, a place where all your childhood items end up, and the Director of TOKYO MARBLE CHOCOLATE, a romantic comedy which is bitter sweet, just like chocolate. Shiotani will be attending the festival’s Anime Matsuri, so big that it’s split into two sessions – both jam-packed with double screenings, co-organised with SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show!).

    Saturday, 27th November

    Anime Matsuri Part 1 2.00pm – Double Screening of TIME OF EVE and PRECIOUS TIME OF EVE, a futuristic sci-fi animation, originally a six-part animation but remade into a feature length film with never-seen-before footage. Fast forward to a time where humans and androids coexist and join in the campaigning for robot rights! This session is accompanied with a five-minute animated music video, PRECIOUS. Anime Matsuri Part 2 4.45pm – Special Double Screening and Q+A session with Naoyoshi Shiotani Welcoming one of Japan’s most promising animators, Naoyoshi Shiotani, 33, will make an exclusive appearance to reveal all the behind-the-scenes production details in his latest works, OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR and TOKYO MARBLE CHOCOLATE. Audience members will have a chance of winning a one-off original artwork, signed by Shiotani himself. Other titles in this year’s program can be found on the official festival website,


    SYDNEY: 22 – 28 November Event Cinemas, George Street MELBOURNE: 2-7 December ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square


    Single session admission, on sale now: Adult $15 Concession $13 Japan Foundation Members $11 5-Film Pass: $60 (Excludes Opening and Closing films, available only from the venue’s box office. Films must be selected at time of purchase.)

    About The Japan Foundation

    The Japan Foundation aims to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and other nations through a diverse range of programs and events. It was established in 1972 with a global network of 23 offices in 21 countries. The Australian office was founded in 1977. The Japan Foundation, Sydney runs a gallery space, library and Japanese language courses for all levels catering from beginner to advanced.
    For more information on the 14th Japanese Film Festival please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
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