Message from Festival Director

Sayoko Kinoshita

January 2019

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the International Animation Festival in Japan – HIROSHIMA, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all of you for your continued cooperation with our festival.

It has been 6 months since the various disasters caused by the torrential rains of July 2018, in Japan.
I would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to all people who have been suffering from the serious disasters.
At the same time, I very much appreciate the many people who have been working hard to support the areas of distress to date.
I sincerely hope for everyone’s safety and reconstruction as soon as possible.

Now, we, the festival team, are preparing for the 18th International Animation Festival, HIROSHIMA 2020, which will be held in August 2020.

In 2020, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will also be held.
While the eyes of the world are on Japan, we would like to push forward to the spread and the promotion of artistic culture, under the spirit of both the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation/ASIFA and Hiroshima City. That is, ASIFA aiming the international mutual understanding through the development of animation art as a universal medium beyond nations and languages, and Hiroshima City wishing and pursuing lasting world peace.

Our new regulations and entry forms for HIROSHIMA 2020 will be ready this autumn.
We look forward to receiving many inspiring entries to HIROSHIMA 2020, and hope to welcome you to Hiroshima in the summer of 2020!

Sayoko Kinoshita
Festival Director