Mainichi Film Award

Mainichi Film Award
Mainichi Film Awards
Awarded for Excellence in film making
Presented by Mainichi Shinbun
Country  Japan
First awarded 1946
Official website http://www.japan-movie.net/

The Mainichi Film Awards are a series of annual film awards, sponsored by Mainichi Shinbun (毎日新聞), one of the largest newspaper companies in Japan, since 1946.

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Awards

Animation awards

Besides the actors and live action films awards, the Mainichi film festival reserves as well two special awards to animation films. Following the death of pioneering animator Noburō Ōfuji in 1961, Mainichi established a new Ōfuji Noburō Award (大藤信郎賞 Ōfuji Noburō shō?) in his honour to recognise animation excellence. A specialist in silhouette animation, Ōfuji was one of the earliest Japanese animators to gain international recognition, winning accolades at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival and the 1956 Venice Film Festival. This award was first presented in 1962 for Tale of a Street Corner (ある街角の物語 Aru Machi Kado no Monogatari?) by Tezuka Osamu.

With the growth of the animation industry in Japan, the award in the 1980s came to be dominated by big budget studio productions, over the work of the independent animators for whose efforts it was originally established. To address this concern, the Animation Grand Award was established to reward large scale cinematic animation, enabling the Ōfuji award to focus on shorter pieces again. This award was first presented in 1989 for Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便 Majo no Takkyūbin?) by Hayao Miyazaki.

The award encompasses a much wider variety of animation than many western anime fans would consider. Two of the most frequent winners over the years, Tadanari Okamoto (岡本忠成 Okamoto Tadanari?) and Kawamoto Kihachirō (川本喜八郎?), specialize mainly in stop motion rather than cel animation. As well as being an adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel, The Old Man and the Sea is the winning work of Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov.

Recent animation awards winners

1995

1996

  • Ōfuji Noburō Award: Rusuban(るすばん) by N&G Production
  • Animation Grand Award:Black Jack (ブラック・ジャック)

1997

1998

  • Ōfuji Noburō Award: Mizu no Sei Kappa Hyakuzu (水の精河童百図) by Shirokumi
  • Animation Grand Award: Doraemon: Nobita no Nankai Dai Bōken (ドラえもん のび太の南海大冒険)

1999

2000

  • Ōfuji Noburō Award: Blood: The Last Vampire by Hiroyuki Kitakubo/Production I.G
  • Animation Grand Award: Doraemon: Obāchan no Omoide (ドラえもん おばあちゃんの思い出)

2001

2002

  • Ōfuji Noburō Award: Millennium Actress (千年女優 Sennen Joyū) by Satoshi Kon/Madhouse
  • Animation Grand Award: Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu Appare! Sengoku Dai Kassen (クレヨンしんちゃん 嵐を呼ぶアッパレ!戦国大合戦)

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

  • Ōfuji Noburō Award: Denshin-Bashira Elemi no Koi by Hideto Nakata/Sovat Theater
  • Animation Grand Award: Summer Wars (サマーウォーズ Samā Wōzu) by Mamoru Hosoda/Madhouse

2010

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