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Japanese Animation Trips

  • A Benefit Screening in Support of The Roberto Award
  • Saturday, January 27, 8pm $10
  • Mocca, 952 Queen St. West

Part of Winter 2007

LIFT & Pleasure Dome with sponsorship from Available Light Screening Collective, CFMDC, Charles Street Video, Cinecycle, Ed Video, Images Festival, imagineNATIVE Festival, IMAA, The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa, Inside Out, Media City, MOCCA, Moving Pictures Festival, Niagara Custom Lab, Reel Asian Festival, Saw Video, TAIS, Trinity Square Video and Vtape present a special benefit screening of astounding Japanese animated shorts to raise money for LIFT’s newly established award, The Roberto.

Created in honour of Roberto Ariganello, LIFT’s late Executive Director – and former Chair of Pleasure Dome’s Board – The Roberto is an annual cash award presented to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the film community through devoted volunteerism, selfless mentorship, and/or the introduction of bold initiatives while maintaining his/her own art practice using celluloid in a stubbornly revolutionary and celebratory way (to be administered and juried through LIFT’s Board).

The Japanese Animation Trips programme was guest-curated by Ken Okubo for the special drugs and cinema-themed sidebar White Light at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it played to a sold-out house. The programme features: Nobuhiro Aihara’s surreal, abstract Trip (with Keiichi Tanaami) and Yellow Night; Kurosaka Keita’s Sea Roar (Umi no uta) set in a traditional fishing village where ancient ceremonies are held to burn old boats and pray for their spirits; Fujiwara Osato’s Souvenirs of Japan (Omiyage), the story of an old lady who owns a busy souvenir shop in a tourist area remembering her hardships before, during, and after the war; Finally, Hiratake Shinya’s unforgettable French (Furansu jin) uses 6,000 spectacular wood block prints to recount the adventures of a Japanese boy wandering around France, hallucinating due to the foreignness of the environment and its strange language.

Afterparty with Dj to follow until 1am.



by Hiratake Shinya


by Nobuhiro Aihara

Yellow Night

by Nobuhiro Aihara

Sea Roar

by Kurosaka Keita

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