The curtains of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2017 that was held between March 10 was wrung down on March 17. But not before the awards ceremony. It was then that it named the winners of the Grand Prize and Award of Excellence in feature and short film competitions and presented the awards.
The feature film competition Grand Prize went to The Girl without Hands directed by Sébastien Laudenbach and produced by Les Film Sauvages in France.
The director’s debut feature project premiered at Cannes last year. The film won the Jury Distinction award at Annecy, as well as the Best Film Award at Anim’Est and Grand Prize at the Bucheon animation festival. It was also nominated for the Cesar.
Another internationally popular festival favourite My Life as a Zucchini by director Claude Barras bagged the Award of Excellence in the feature film category. Earlier, Zucchini won over a dozen honors including two Cesar awards, two Annecy prizes, a European Film Award, and nominations for the Cannes Golden Camera, Annie Award, Golden Globe and Oscar races. GKIDS released an English dub of the French-Swiss film in the US in February.
In the short film competition, the Grand Prize went to Of Shadows & Wings… from first-time collaborators Elice Meng and Eleonora Marinoni, a French-Swiss co-production of Vivement Lundi! and Nadasdy Film.
The short, narrated by two-time Cesar winner Mathieu Amalric, premiered at the Locarno festival in 2015 where it won two awards, and has won another 15 honors in the last year according to Vivement Lundi!.
The short film competition award of Excellence went to The Gossamer by Russian director Natalia Chernysheva produced and distributed by PCHELA Studio. Chernysheva notably took two prizes at the 2014 Int’l Animation Festival of Hiroshima, won the Audience Award for Gossamer as well as the Special International Jury Prize for her graduate film Two Friends (Deux Amis), produced at La Poudrière, France.