To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, WOW Women’s Film Club invited our festival director Eiko Meredith to hand-pick a selection of animated shorts crafted by up-and-coming female animators working in Japan, and to organise an online Creative Workshop by Japanese animator and illustrator Chie Arai.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Choose To Challenge‘, so the Kotatsu Festival team have brought together a number of works by up-and-coming female film-makers, all of which are family-friendly and are rated U or PG.
Date: 13th March 2021
Women Make Animation: Animated Shorts from Japan
Among the films that will be screened online are some from students of Tokyo Zokei University’s animation course such as ‘To Bee Continued‘ by Aki Ezure, the bizarre bee-filled story about a young woman learning to be brave.
‘dress flowery’ is directed by Hikaru Haruta, who is currently studying at Tokyo Polytechnic University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Animation. This is a beautiful animation representing the history of the fashion of Japanese women.
Also screening are some animation from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Film and New Media Department, including the award-winning ‘Bath House of Whales‘ by Mizuki Kiyama, a short animation using a paint-on-glass technique which details a young girl’s visit to a neighbourhood bath house with her mother.
Independent animators are also well represented with the award-winning ‘Good Night‘ about two warring siblings, and directed by Makiko Nanke, who is herself a mother to three children. There are also shorts by Arisa Wakami, an animator who uses a variety of materials, such as sand, to tell stories. One film which is particularly relevant to our times is ‘Mommy‘, a music video inspired by the relationship between a mother and her daughter; a theme that has become increasingly relevant as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep people at home.
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Dress Up! Creative Workshop with Chie Arai
It’s time to get creative! In this Zoom workshop, Japanese animator and illustrator Chie Arai will demonstrate how draw a girl in a kimono. Viewers will be able to join in and show their country’s own traditional dress.
Please have these items: papers, pencils, pens, colouring pencils, things you need for the drawing (only the things you can get hold of).
During the workshop the audience will have a chance to show their designs to Chie, however as the event will be recorded children should get parental consent first.
Viewers are advised to have drawing materials available, such as paper, pencils, pens, and colouring pencils.
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We will broadcast a free online screening of shorts directed by female animators on our YouTube channel on July 25 at 11am, repeated at 6pm. Japan time will be 7pm and 2am.
The same content will be repeated at both times to reach as wide an audience as possible. We have prepared a programme of award-winning short films from an all-female line-up of animators who represent different generations. All family friendly films!
Please subscribe to our Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival channel on YouTube to watch the screening
This event is supported by Film Hub Wales and Film Feels Connected as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), made possible by The National Lottery. Film Feels is a UK-wide cinema season, Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk @Filmhubmidlands BFI‘s #BFIFAN #Covid19 Resilience Also supported by Cloth Cat Animation and Testu’s Armature.
Organizer：Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival
We are happy to announce the dates for Kotatsu 2019! The Cardiff event will be held from 4th to 6th October at Chapter. The date for Aberystwyth will be held from 19th to 20th October.
Kotatsu festival will be bringing you even more quality films and Anime song disco, and our usual Japanese Marketplace showcasing Japanese themed goods and traditional bento boxes. We have special guests from Japan, Award-winning director and stop-motion animator Takeshi Yashiro will be joined by his producer Satoshi Akutsu to give a talk about their careers in the animation world.
Date：4th – 6th October
Date: 19th -20th October
Place: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
So excited to announce, I am going to give a talk about Japanese Animation at Animangapop in Plymouth next month.
Animangapop is the South West’s BEST Anime, Manga and POP-Culture event.
This year, for a 2 day, action-packed, non-stop mad weekend full of convention goodness!
Tickets are available from here.
My talk will be held on both days. Please come along!
Date：Saturday 9th Febriary 15:00-
Sunday 10th February 12:45-
Place: Future Inn, Plymouth
We are happy to announce the dates for Kotatsu 2018! The Cardiff event will be held from 28th to 30th September at Chapter. The date for Aberystwyth will be held from 20th to 21st October. Thanks to the growing audience, we are expanding every year !
Kotatsu festival will be bringing you even more quality films and our usual Japanese Marketplace showcasing Japanese themed goods and traditional bento boxes. We have special guests fro Japan, Tsuneo Goda, the creator of Domo kun and Hirokazu Minegishi, one of the best stopmotion animator in Japan!
Date：28th – 30th September
Date: 20th -21st October
Place: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Lecture: The world of Anime
I gave a talk about Anime for the volunteers party at Cardiff Museum.
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will be presenting a special programme of animated graduate films from Japan’s top National art University, Tokyo National University of Arts Graduate School at
Cardiff Animation Festival 2018. Tickets are available!
Date: Saturday 21st April
Sunday 22nd April
Place: Chaper, Market Road, Canton Cardiff, Wales, UK CF51QE
I am going to do a talk about the Life in Japan at Beddau and Tynant Community Library on16th October from 10:30 to 12:00. Anybody who would like to know about the culture of Japan and wear Yukata, which is summer version of Kimono, please come along!
Date: 16th October
Place: Beddau and Tynant Community Library Tynant Rd, Beddau, Pontypridd CF38 2DA
Japan Day will be held at Cardiff University on 6th July. Lots of interesting activities will be happening such as Kendo Demonstration, Koto Concert (Japanese traditional music instrument).
I will give a lecture of Japanese Anime from 3pm. No admission fee, everybody is welcome. Please come along.
Date: 6th July
Place: Concert Hall, School of Music Corbett Road Cardiff CF10 3EB
Great news! Date for Aberystwyth Arts Centre is now confirmed!
We are happy to announce the dates for Kotatsu 2017! The Cardiff event will be held from 29th September to 1st October at Chapter. The date for Aberystwyth will be held on 28th October.
Due to the increased popularity last year at Chapter, this year’s festival will take place over 3 days, bringing you even more quality films and our usual Japanese Marketplace showcasing Japanese themed goods and traditional bento boxes.
Date：29th September – 1st October
Date: 28th October
Place: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
I am currently working on my shortfilm ‘Looking for a Star’. The full length version will be filmed this year.