Message from Festival Director

Thanks a Million for your cooperation to HIROSHIMA 2016!!
See You in HIROSHIMA 2018!!

Sayoko Kinoshita

February, 2017

Dear Friends,

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

With your kind cooperation, last August, we were pleased to hold our 16th edition HIROSHIMA 2016 with much success, introducing many high quality works from all over the world. Also, in advance of this year's 100th anniversary of Japanese animation, we were able to hold a huge Japan Focus, mainly overviewing numbers of short films of our country, from the pioneer days to present. Once again, thank you very much for your participation.

Our festival was established in 1985 as a commemorative project for the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing. The spirit of Association Internationale du Film d'Animation/ASIFA that "animation, a universal medium beyond nations and languages, should help promote progress towards peace and mutual understanding between all people" and the spirit of Hiroshima City, which wishes for lasting world peace, was shared each other as the foundation of the festival. Since then, we have continuously valued and protected above all the viewpoint of filmmakers, and has been serving as one of the world’s leading animation festivals.

Animation is an art form that brings together every kind of cultural endeavors created by mankind, including music, fine art, literature, history, philosophy, science, nature and imagination, etc., and it is an art form that pursues human kindness. --- Animation is to give life to the lifeless ---. We will enthusiastically make efforts to foster international cultural exchange through the promotion of the art of animation, so that various artistic cultures can flourish, becoming a steadfast base for peace.

Currently we are preparing for the 17th International Animation Festival, HIROSHIMA 2018, which will be held in August 2018. Our new regulations and entry form will be ready this autumn.

We look forward to receiving your entries to HIROSHIMA 2018, and hope to welcome you in Hiroshima in August 2018!

Sayoko Kinoshita
Festival Director