Message from Festival Director

Sayoko Kinoshita

February, 2016

Dear Friends,

With your kind cooperation, we are very pleased to announce that the 16th International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA 2016 will be held from August 18th to 22nd this summer.

On this occasion, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you for joining us two years ago in HIROSHIMA 2014 to celebrate our 30th anniversary together.

Under the spirit of “Love & Peace”, we would like to continue promoting international cross-cultural exchange through the development of animation art. And, by remembering our initial enthusiasm at the time of establishment as a festival of friendship pursuing world peace, we, the festival team would like to make every efforts to hold another high quality manifestation.

Looking forward to your entries, and hope to welcome you HIROSHIMA 2016 this August!!!

Sayoko Kinoshita
Festival Director

January, 2016

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year 2016!
It is the year of our 16th International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA 2016, which will be held from August 18th (Thu.) to 22nd (Mon.) this summer!

With your continued cooperation, HIROSHIMA 2016 will be the first festival since we celebrated our 30th anniversary together with all of you in 2014, and it will be our new step forward for future.

Remembering our initial enthusiasm at the time of establishment, as an international cultural event respecting filmmakers' standpoint in the first place, we would like to continue pursuing the development of every forms of art and culture as well as international cross-cultural exchange and mutual understanding through the promotion of animation art. We, the festival team, are working hard for the preparation, so that all participants will be able to spend a fruitful time during the five festival days of HIROSHIMA 2016.

Looking forward to your entries and to your participation in HIROSHIMA 2016!

Sayoko Kinoshita
Festival Director

October, 2015

Dear Friends,

With your kind cooperation, we are very pleased to announce that the 16th International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA 2016 will be held from August 18th to 22nd next summer.

Last year, we were pleased to hold our 15th festival, which was our special edition, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our festival office in 1984. I would like to extend our sincere appreciation, once again, to all of you for attending our festival from home and from various countries of north and south, and for offering your warm and reassuring words of congratulations.

Together with you, we intend to hold Hiroshima Festival continuously aiming our future, while spreading and unfolding the spirit of "LOVE & PEACE", pursuing perpetual world peace, by promoting international cross-cultural exchanges through the development of animation art culture.

Encouraged by your felicitations, we, the festival team, are working hard for the preparation of our next and the 16th edition, to realize another successful manifestation worthy of our new step forward.
Looking forward to your entries and to your participation in HIROSHIMA 2016 !

Sincerely yours,

Sayoko Kinoshita
Festival Director

January, 2015

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Hiroshima International Animation Festival, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to your kind and continuing support to our festival.

With your cooperation, we were able to hold our 15th edition HIROSHIMA 2014 with much success, which was our special edition, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our festival office in 1984.
It has been our great pleasure to continue and unfold our manifestation ceaselessly for 30 years --- as much as a quarter of the history of animation art.
With this milestone, we would like to embark on a new journey. As a place pursuing everlasting world peace through the promotion of animation art and culture, we would like to make all our efforts to reach another milestone of 40 years, 50 years and more.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. We have to continue making every effort not to forget the tragic memories of the world war which caused us immense damage. To my regret, conflict, warfare and terrorism are occurring frequently in our world.
Under such situation, we believe that the creativity of animation as well as the promotion of cross- cultural exchange through the development of animation art culture will serve as a great power to construct the real world peace. In this belief, we would like to contribute ourselves continuously for the development of animation, an art culture of rich humanity.

We are working hard for the preparation of our next edition, the 16th International Animation Festival in Japan – HIROSHIMA 2016, steadily, step by step.
Our new regulations and entry form will be ready this autumn.

Looking forward to receiving your entries to HIROSHIMA 2016, and hope to welcome you in Hiroshima in August 2016 !!

Sayoko Kinoshita
Festival Director