With over 60 films submitted and out of ten nominated, the film Mirai won the AniMovie award for best animated feature film at the International Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film in Germany on Sunday.
“We appreciated so much the filmmakers inviting us into this home, and offering us the opportunity to watch this family grow together, and to help us understand our deep and human connection to those who came before us,” said one of the judges.
Mirai is the first anime feature film to win the award in five years since Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo in 2010 and Makoto Shinkai’s The Garden of Words in 2014.
This is not Mirai’s first-ever award though as it was awarded Animation of the Year at the 42nd annual Japan Academy Prizes in March, won the Best Animated Independent Feature category for the 46th Annual Anime Awards, and nominated for the Animated Feature Film category of the 91st Academy Awards.
GKIDS and Fathom Events held over 700 screenings of the film in the U.S. earning $672,652 USD. It placed at #19 at the box office in Japan in July 2018.
Four-year-old Kun’s world is turned upside down when he becomes the older brother to baby sister Mirai (meaning “future”). Mirai captures the hearts and all the attention from her new family, except Kun. Kun becomes jealous of Mirai, so jealous that he runs off into the garden where he encounters strange guests from the past and the future with one of them being his sister Mirai…as a teenager! Together, Kun and Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible history and ever-expanding story.
Mirai was directed at Studio Chizu by Mamoru Hosoda, who was also the scriptwriter and credited for the original story idea. Hiroyuki Aoyama and Ayako Hata (both worked on The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, The Boy and The Beast) are the animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takahashi Omori (The Boy and The Beast) are the art directors. The film was produced by Yuichiro Saito, who helped with Hosoda’s earlier works.
Mirai is available now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital! (Amazon)
Sources: Press release, GKIDS official website