Programmer: Koyo Yamashita has served as the festival director of Image Forum since 2001 and programmer at Theatre Image Forum from 2005. The Tokyo native also contributes his programming and curating talents to many film and media art events locally and abroad.
Programme Description: Life goes on, and so does the drawing and shooting. For independent animators, their work is the outcome of the daily creation process. Each title in the line-up utilise traditional handdrawn techniques.
A day begins, a day ends. Life is born, and dies before long. There is a beginning to everything, and equally there comes an end. The recurring birth and death of small existences drives this world. The mystery, miracle, surprise, and wonder of life are expressed in 8,760-cell glory.
A single and unemployed forty-year-old man spends his days pulling up weeds around his family home. He longs for the day when he will finally see his efforts bear fruit. In the meantime, the invasive plants continue to flourish with awful vigour.
Nosltagia abounds for the past when people were much purer and more innocent compared to today. But the landscape of mountains and rivers constantly change without regard for such sentiments as things are never the same again. A beautiful and intense visual poem created from several thousand pencil drawings.
The filmic adaptation of a short-form series created in the wake of the Tōhoku earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Musical backing comes courtesy of composer and lyricist Jun Sakurai, a mainstream icon in Japan.