The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival in Wales previously announced its dates for this year on the festival’s official Twitter. There’s still plenty of time until it comes around, so if you want to note the dates down, the next events will run on September 24th and 25th at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, then at the Aberyswyth Arts Centre on October 15th. Since the calendar confirmation, the full schedule of films has been announced, and the Cardiff dates will screen the features below:
Saturday, September 24th
10:30am – Miss Hokusai
12:50pm – The Case of Hana & Alice
5:30pm – Concert by Japanese musician Kina Miyamoto, “combining a special short film and her piano composition.”
6:30pm – Genius Party and Kotatsu Short Programme Re the Shorts Programme. The festival’s press release notes:
There will be a number of short films from independent and student animators that will showcase the inventiveness and originality that thrive in Japan. Oldman and Youngman, SPOON, I Wanna be Your Friend will be screened around the film Genius Party which is itself an anthology film made up of many shorts from creative talents.
8:50pm – Psycho-Pass the Movie
Sunday, September 25th
11:00am – The Anthem of the Heart
3:15pm – Harmony
5:45pm – Empire of Corpses
The press release states the following events and attractions will be available:
Running alongside the film screenings are a series of Japanese-themed events such as a special music performance and a Japanese market place which sells food, model kits, video games and manga. Just before the final film screening the results of the annual raffle will be announced with prizes such as film flyers signed by Michihiko Suwa, the producer of the extremely popular Detective Conan anime series, on offer.
The Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s line-up is as follows:
Sunday, October 15th
10:40am – Genius Party + Kotatsu Shorts Programme
1:10pm – The Case of Hana & Alice
3:20pm – Harmony
5:45pm – Raffle Prize draw
6:00pm – Psycho-Pass the Movie
When the festival hadn’t yet listed this year’s programme, the staff confirmed with the festival dates that that they would be showing Miss Hokusai, The Case of Hana & Alice, The Anthem of the Heart, Empire of Corpses, Psycho-Pass the Movie and Genius Party. The cosy event is described on the website as follows:
The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival was created by organizer Mrs Eiko Ishii Meredith. Launched in November 2010 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, UK, the festival screens the best in Japanese animation and culture to a wide audience.
A ‘Kotatsu‘ is a table unique to Japan, which is draped in a blanket, futon or quilt, and which has a heater underneath. It’s ideal to keep your feet and legs warm while you are working away on the cold winter nights. So, come on in, pull the blanket around you and enjoy some of the finest Japanese animation available.