14-16 October @ GFT, Glasgow
17–23 October @ Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Scotland Loves Anime film festival returns for a seventh year, bringing with it the best of Japanese anime to Scotland. With a mix of classic films, films fresh out of Japan, guest speakers, a jury & audience award as well as an education day aimed at students of animation – there’s something for everyone in the latest edition of the festival. Film highlights includes the new film from friend of the festival, Makoto Shinkai, Your Name, which is also the first animated film to ever hit competition at the London Film Festival and is currently a storming success at the Japanese box office; A Silent Voice which will be here only a month after it opens in Japan; Kingsglaive – Final Fantasy XV which will be one of the only chances to catch the film on the big screen in the UK; and digitally restored to 2K (thanks to Andrew Partridge, Director of Scotland Loves Anime) Momotaro, Sacred Sailors, the UK premiere of the wartime animated film that inspired Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astroboy, to become an animator.
Scotland Loves Anime wouldn’t be the same without amazing guests. This year Glasgow is proud to welcome the very talented animator Yoshimi Itazu whose first directorial work Pigtails will screen in the festival followed by a Q&A with the director. The Edinburgh guest schedule is rather special this year with producer Kohei Kawase from Warner (a man with his own radio talk show in Japan no less) arriving for the festival weekend. Another very exciting guest is famed director Naoyoshi Shiotani of Psycho-Pass and Blood-C The Last Dark fame coming in early November (creating an extension of Scotland Loves Anime) to celebrate the release of Tokyo Marble Chocolate and Psycho-Pass the Movie. Long time festival supporter, Jonathan Clements will also return to present the films at both festivals and will host all talk/Q&A sessions.
There will also be the Judge’s Award category in which industry guests select the best of the festival; an Education Day hosted by Edinburgh College of Art with industry experts discussing all aspects of anime. As always, Scotland Loves Anime are giving the anime fans of Scotland (and beyond) the only chance to see many of these films theatrically in the next year and, after Glasgow and Edinburgh dates, it will be touring across Scotland.
Anthem of the Heart, A SILENT VOICE, Accel World – Infinite Burst, Belladonna of Sadness, Girls und Panzer: The Movie, HARMONY, Kingsglaive – Final Fantasy XV, Kizumonogatari 1 & 2, Momotaro – Sacred Sailors, Momotaro – Sacred Sailors, Place Promised in our Early Days, PRINCESS ARETE, PROD IG SHORTS, Production IG Shorts + Q+A, Redline, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Voices of a Distant Star & Garden of Words and Your Name