Animation Competition（30min. or less）
< 2015／Japan／20min. >
The doctor at the Robot Lab is terrible at anything he’s not interested in and the lab is a big mess. One day, he falls in love with a lady who visits the lab. The doctor tries to clean up his lab with the help of a cleaning robot.
Born in 1974, Mishima grew up in Osaka and spent his teen age years in Nagoya. After dropping out of college, he joined a game company and worked in various different companies for 15 years.
Age of Obscure
Before the world began, there was nothing but shapeless ambiguity. First, there was color, then sound, and abstract landscapes emerged. Different visions of two internationally-renowned directors collide over the soundtrack composed by Twoth.
©MIRAI MIZUE ONOHANA
Mizue produces short animations employing images of geometric figures and cells. His works have screened in Berlin and Venice Film Festival. He has been awarded twice at Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Ono graduated from the Animation Department at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts. Her debut short Crazy Little Thing (2014) won Honorable Mention at Ottawa International Animation Festival and Noburo Ofuji Award at Mainichi Film Awards. His focus is to depict psychological landscapes and memory with animation.
complex × COMPLEX
Yui is a seventh-grade student who can’t wait to become an adult. She has a crush on Takeo who has bushy underarm hair, solid proof of adulthood in men, so Yui believes. Is it love or adoration? A coming of age story about precarious adolescent hearts depicted with humor and mumbled words.
Born in Gunma, Fukuda graduated from Kanazawa Gakuin University and came to Tokyo. After working as an animator and illustrator, she directed a live action short film Marshmallow and Pain in 2013 and won five awards at domestic film festivals. This short marks her return to animation after 5 years.
Happy Bogeys Episode 11-13
Mysterious lifeforms “Happy Bogeys” appear and change shape and form. Do their mysterious words and actions mean anything? This little gem makes you feel happy.
Born 1977 in Tokyo, Kurihara made his debut as a manga artist with “Ana-horu-hitobito” in 1999. He graduated from the Graphic Design Department at Tama Art University in 2001 and now works on manga, animation, illustrations and etc.
Look at Me Only
A couple is on a date in a café. He cares too much about their guinea pig and she gradually gets annoyed. What happened to the heart pounding moments when they began to date? A stop-motion animation that depicts a delicate relationship with a touch of humor.
©2016 Tomoki Misato
Born 1992 in Tokyo, Misato graduated from the Visual Communication Design Department at Musashino Art University. She is now attending the Animation Department at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of Art.
A music video of “Tokimeki Switch”, a song featured on the debut album of the same name by Shinsuke Sugahara. Love, obsession, jealousy, and guilt pour out and swirl in this exciting music video.
Born 1990 in Tokyo, Kabuki graduated from the Graphic Design Department at Tama Art University in 2013. After working at an adult video company, she entered and graduated from the Graphic Design Department at the Graduate School of Tama Art University.
A rabbit is playing the saxophone late at night in his apartment. A bulldog, who was playing the tambourine next door, bursts in complaining about the noise. This bold 3D slapstick comedy features many adorable characters.
©Yuka Umetsu 2016
Umetsu graduated from Higashine City Daiichi Junior High in Yamagata and entered Yamamoto Gakuin High School. Upon graduating, she studied fashion design for two years at Bunka Fashion College. She is currently studying computer graphics at Nippon Engineering College of Hachioji.
Scutes on My Mind
A woman vaguely remembers a visit to a museum when she was little. She remembers fossils of dinosaurs, stuffed whales, and a mysterious encounter with the director of the museum when she got lost. Pencil and marker drawings connect past and present delicately.
©Megumi Ishitani / Tokyo University of the Arts
Born 1991 in Hyogo, Ishitani graduated from the Intermedia Art Department at Tokyo University of the Arts, and then entered and graduated from the Animation Department at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015. She currently works as an assistant director at Toei Animation.
such a good place to die
Scenery transforms as if it has a life of its own and goes round and round in memories as the time echoes. Anything that has shape dances. Marked by an abundance of imagination and made extensively with drawings, this animation was produced without any storyboards or time sheets.
©Onohana / gin_nan ni ame
Born in 1986 and grew up in Iwate, Ono graduated from the Animation Department at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts. Her main focus is depicting psychological landscapes and memory with animation. Her filmography includes Crazy Little Thing (2014) and Ouch, Chou Chou (2016).
A long, long time ago, there was a village where the sun had disappeared and the night reigned. One day, a traveler began to sing a song to bring back the sun. A humorous musical animation for those who seek a dose of happiness.
Born 1993 in Kanagawa, Shota graduated from the Animation Department at Tokyo Zokei University in 2012. He won the ZOKEI Award at Tokyo Zokei University Thesis Exhibition in 2015 and Jury Award at the 14th Indies Animation Festa. He is now enrolled in the Graduate Department at Tokyo Zokei University and continues to produce animation works.
A young student, an office lady, a hostess, and an old woman each pursues their secret fantasies and desires in this ambitiously symbolic animation produced in 3D space with hand-drawn sketches.
©2016 MADOKA/Graduate School of Film and New Media, TOKYO university of the ARTs
Born 1990 in Chiba, Madoka graduated from the Animation Department at Tokyo Zokei University in 2012 and entered and graduated from the Animation Department at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts. Her focus is depicting women and witches in animation. Gyro (2014) won awards and screened at Vancouver International Film Festival, Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, and more.
Under the night sky of Tokyo, a woman comes home alone. In this animation, her lonely everyday life turns into a series of adventures. Employing imaginative CG animation, the short lights up the heart of a lonely woman.
While attending college, Miyauchi produced a CG animation Children which won international accolades and recorded two million views on youtube from all over the world. He now works at a CG production company.