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    STUDIO GHIBLI FEST Returns to U.S. Cinemas Throughout 2019

    Nine of Studio Ghibli’s Most Cherished Films, Including Multiple Anniversary and Star-Studded Titles, Hit the Big Screen Beginning This Spring Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site:

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    After kicking off in 2017 and returning for an even more successful 2018, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST is back for 2019. GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to continue their collaboration and deliver a new and expanded selection of celebrated animated films to U.S. cinemas throughout the year with STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019. Featuring nine of Studio Ghibli’s masterpieces, the series kicks off with the 15th anniversary of the Academy Award-nominated fantasy adventure HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (???????, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004), and continues with the 35th anniversary of NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (????????, Kaze no Tani no Naushika, 1984), WHISPER OF THE HEART (??????, Mimi o Sumaseba, 1995), the 30th anniversary of KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (??????, Majo no Takkyuubin, 1989), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (???????, Tonari no Totoro, 1988), THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (????????????, Karigurashi no Arrietty, 2010), the Academy Award-winning SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001), PRINCESS MONONOKE (?????, Mononoke Hime, 1997), and concludes with the Academy Award-nominated THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (???????, Kaguyahime no Monogatari, 2013). Tickets for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 can be purchased online beginning Thursday, March 7 by visiting, or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website March 7 (theaters and participants are subject to change). Weekday showings begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday showings begin at 12:55 p.m. (all local times). Tickets for Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 in Canada go on-sale on March 7. Visit for more information. “After two extraordinary years of STUDIO GHIBLI FESTs, we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with GKIDS once again,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “The 2019 anime series gives fans across the nation a unique opportunity to experience these renowned titles together at their local cinemas and we’re proud to be able to make these communal viewings possible.” “GKIDS is extremely proud to be bringing the beloved Studio Ghibli films back to the big screen with Fathom Events, so fans can discover and rejoice in these wonderful, iconic animated works throughout 2019!” GKIDS Co-Founder and President Eric Beckman said. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 SCHEDULE: • HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE: 15th Anniversary – Sunday, April 7; Monday, April 8; and Wednesday, April 10. • NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND: 35th Anniversary – Monday, May 20; Tuesday, May 21. • WHISPER OF THE HEART – Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2. • KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE: 30th Anniversary – Sunday, July 28; Monday, July 29; and Wednesday, July 31. • MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO – Sunday, August 25; Monday, August 26; and Wednesday, August 28. • THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY – Sunday, September 29 and Monday, September 30 • SPIRITED AWAY – Sunday, October 27; Monday, October 28; and Wednesday, October 30. • PRINCESS MONONOKE – Sunday, November 17; Monday, November 18; and Wednesday, November 20. • THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA – Monday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 18. For complete synopses, visit the STUDIO GHIBLI FEST site.

    About Fathom Events

    Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with theater locations in all top 100 DMAs (Designated Market Areas) and ranks as one of the largest overall theater content distributors. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom Events offers a variety of unique entertainment events in movie theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top Broadway stage productions, major sporting events, epic concerts, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events and popular anime franchises. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live Digital Broadcast Network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 975 locations and 1,578 screens in 181 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards events and new product launches. For more information, visit

    About GKIDS

    GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding eleven Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, My Life as a Zucchini in 2017, The Breadwinner in 2018, and Mirai in 2019. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS recently launched ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival. ANIMATION IS FILM embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression that the medium is capable of.

    About Studio Ghibli

    Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animated film directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, and has produced twenty-two feature-length films. Most Studio Ghibli films ranked number one at the box office in Japan in the year in which they were released. SPIRITED AWAY, directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 2001, is the all-time highest grossing film in Japan, earning over 30 billion yen at the box office. Studio Ghibli films have garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim from film critics and animation specialists around the world. SPIRITED AWAY was awarded the Golden Bear as the Best Feature Film at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. In October 2001, Studio Ghibli, in conjunction with The Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation, founded the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, designed by Hayao Miyazaki. THE WIND RISES (2013), THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (2013), WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (2014) and THE RED TURTLE (2016), the last four films released by Studio Ghibli, have earned the studio four consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film. The studio is currently working on a new production.

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