Hiroshima toon fest unveils program

12th edition to unspool Disney, Pixar shorts

TOKYO — Disney’s “Cinderella” and Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” are among toons that will screen at the 12th Hiroshima Animation Festival, which unspools Aug. 7-11.

Among the highlights are “Glago’s Guest,” which Chris Williams helmed for Disney, and “Presto,” made by Doug Sweetland for Pixar. Both shorts are receiving their Japan preems.

The fest’s competition section features 76 toons gunning for the Grand Prix and Hiroshima Prize, both worth 1 million yen ($9,434), as well as other awards decided by a six-person jury.

This year the fest is screening a retrospective of works by Dutch toonmaster Paul Driessen, who has also been named the fest’s honorary president. 

On the sked are a program of Finnish toons, a selection of student shorts and retrospectives devoted to Olimp Varasteanu, George Sibianu, Alexander Tatarsky, Donyo Donev and Japanese comicbook artist and animator Osamu Tezuka.

Finally, the fest will hold an Education Film Market where students can meet recruiters from toon houses and schools for aspiring animators.

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