31 May 2015

Tokyo University of the Arts at Nippon Connection 2015


Tokyo University of the Arts at Nippon Connection 2015
With Special Guest: Yūichi Itō
Thursday, June 4, 17:00 Naxoshalle Kino (learn more)

Once again this year Nippon Connection is presenting a selection of films by current students and recent graduates of the MA programme in Animation at Tokyo University of the Arts (aka Geidai).  Based in Yokohama, Geidai’s animation department was recognised as the Best Animation School at Animafest Zagreb 2010 and won an honourable mention for their animation show reel at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2014.

This year’s works will be presented by Prof. Yūichi Itō, the renowned stop motion animator.  In addition, Itō will present his own works aspart of a Film Talk on Thursday, June 4 at 8:30pm as well as hosting a cutout animation workshop for kids on the following Saturday.

and, end / えんえん
Mio YAMANAKA, 2015

Will Hatching Day Come?
Kiatchokechaikul CHAYANIT, 2015

Templex
Tomomi KOMAZAKI, 2015

Melting down / すこやかな歪み
Takuto KATAYAMA, 2015

Tepid Bath
Tsumugi HARUNARI, 2015

Holy Shit!
Takashi SHIBUYA, 2015

Zdravstvuite! / ズドラーストヴィチェ!
Yoko YUKI, 2015

Moonlit Night and Opal / 月夜&オパール
Shishi YAMAZAKI, 2015

Missing you / 白いうなばら
Satomi MAIYA, 2015

Hollow mind /
Yagi, 2015

 I'm here
Yukie NAKAUCHI, 2015

 Helleborus Niger
Kohei TAKEDA, 2015

 Fox Fears /きつね憑き
Miyo SATO, 2015

 A Place to Name / その家の名前
Ataru SAKAGAMI, 2015

 Wild Boys Advance / 超ラジオ体操
Koya, 2015

Scutes on My Mind / かたすみの鱗
Megumi ISHITANI, 2015



Film Talk with Yūichi Itō at Nippon Connection 2015


Film Talk with Yūichi Itō at Nippon Connection 2015
Thursday, June 4.
8:30pm at Mousonturm Studio 3, Frankfurt am Main
Yūichi Itō (Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts and director of Harbor Tale)
Moderation: Catherine Munroe Hotes

This year’s animation guest at Nippon Connection is Yūichi Itō (伊藤 有壱, 1962).  Itō is one of Japan’s top stop motion animators and he teaches animation at Tokyo University of the Arts’ prestigious graduate programme in animation.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of his popular NHK claymation series Knyacki! (ニャッキ!) which follows the adventures of a cute little caterpillar. 



Itō founded his own studio I.TOON 1998.  In addition to animation for kids, I.TOON produces a wide range of animated commercials, character designs, and music videos including Ken Hirai’s 2005 hit Kimi wa Tomodachi (キミはともだち/You're My Friend).   

In recent years Itō has had much success with his latest character Mr. Brick, the central character of his film Harbor Tale (2011) and its sequel Blue Eyes -in HARBOR TALE- (2014).  Harbor Tale showcases the history of Yokohama and its iconic red brick historical buildings. 

Entry to the Film Talk is free and will feature 40 minutes of selected works followed by a Q+A.  The films screened will include:

2000
Knyacki! Episode16 "Macaroni!"
ニャッキ!第16 「マカロニ!」            

2012
Doron Coron
ドロンコロン

2006
NORABBITS' MINUTES Episode 2 "PIANO"
ノラビッツ・ミニッツ 2話「ピアノ」

2011
HARBOR TALE
ハーバーテイル
                               
2011
YOKOHAMA TALE
ヨコハマテイル                          

2014
Blue Eyes -in HARBOR TALE-
ブルーアイズ イン ハーバーテイル             


In addition to the Film Talk, Itō will do a cutout animation workshop for kids and a workshop for adults, as well as presenting this year’s selection ofGeidai animated shorts.  

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