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LEAFF17 TALK: CENTENARY OF JAPANESE ANIMATION

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This year we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Japanese animation. Its genesis is attributed to three men: Oten Shimokawa (1892-1973), Junichi Kouchi (1886-1970) and Seitaro Kitayama (1888-1945), who all, operating solitarily and independent of one another, produced their first animated shorts in 1917. The following decades saw a series of revolutions in both technology and techniques, as the industry expanded and explored new emerging markets on television, video and overseas, to evolve into the now familiar form we know as anime.

This Special Section commemorates the centenary with premieres of two overlooked classics that have remained bizarrely little known and rarely screened in the United Kingdom, and a panel discussion with Jasper Sharp, Helen McCarthy and Nag Vladermersky exploring its rich and varied history. Join us on 26th October at London Film School!

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Jasper Sharp is a critic, author and curator with a special interest in Japanese cinema, and the co-founder of the website Midnight Eye, the foremost publication on Japanese cinema in the English language. His book publications include The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (2003, with Tom Mes), Behind the Pink Curtain(2008), The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Film (2011), and he is the co-director of the documentary The Creeping Garden(2014, with Tim Grabham).

Helen McCarthy has been researching and writing about Japanese animation since 1981. She has written 13 books on the subject including Anime! A Beginners Guide To Japanese Animation (1993), Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation (1999), The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 (2001, with Jonathan Clements), 500 Essential Anime You Must Own (2008) and The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga (2009).

Nag Vladermersky is the founder, director and programmer of the London International Animation Festival (LIAF) in the UK. Over 14 years LIAF has grown to become the UK’s largest animation festival annually screening 300 animated films from more than 30 countries over 10 days and nights in several London venues.

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