From home and abroad, beyond the barrier of professionals and amateurs, or commercial work or independents, we received some 295 entries in short animation of all different genres including two-dimensional, stereoscopic, 3DCG, etc. The number of entries is increasing year by year with expanding possibilities of production environment. Plus I feel the quality is also improving. The 21 pieces of works which we chose after an agonizing effort from 295 entries are all outstanding in their respective originality. Since the contest was highly competitive, just two pieces of work were selected from short animation. However, I would like to note that AFTER SCHOOL MIDNIGHT, The Dandelion Sister, houkagoemerarudo, Mr. Cloud and Mr. Rain, and THE CLOCKWORK CITY were the works which made the screening process exciting up to the last moment of determining the award-winning works.
Born in Mie. Graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University, then entered ROBOT Communications Inc. Worked as a CM director then became involved in the production of various animation works including, Stray Sheep for Fuji Television, then Jam the HOUSENAIL, Neko no Sakusen, the TV animation series Nanami-chan, and NetoAni (Net Anime) Moon Boon. Currently works in Animation Studio CAGE. His activities encompass broad areas including original works, CMs, TV programs, Web, picture books, and illustrations.
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