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Anime Film Festival

Start Date: 07 September 2019
Country: United Kingdom
Posted By: Joe

Categories: Screening Anime


The best in Japanese animation is being showcased at the very first Anime Film Festival, offering a rare opportunity to see a host of modern anime classics on the big screen.

The Anime Film Festival is taking place on Saturday 7th September in London's West End, with a programme of visually stunning and captivating films from Japan which will keep keen anime fans, as well as families and younger audiences, spellbound.

The festival commences with Oscar-nominated Mirai, the latest film from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda followed by Penguin Highway, based on the best-selling novel by Tomohiko Momori. We are also thrilled to show your name., one of the highest-grossing anime films of all time, on the big screen and to close the festival with Redline, an epic visual masterpiece which took seven years to create.

To bring the festival to life we have partnered with Picturehouse cinemas, a champion of independent and world cinema in the UK. We are thrilled to host the first Anime Film Festival at Picturehouse Central, their flagship cinema in Piccadilly Circus. Films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles and individual tickets can be bought through the Picturehouse website, with "early double" (Mirai & Penguin Highway), "late double" (your name. & Redline) and full festival passes available from www.animefilmfestival.co.uk.

This independent festival has been organised by Reuben Ramanah, an avid anime fan who spent two years teaching English in Japan. Reuben is working with marketing specialist Harry Bunnell; the pair have been friends for nearly 20 years, and recently organised the 2018 edition of the Bicycle Film Festival.

Reuben said: "I wanted to put on this festival to celebrate all that anime has to offer, and give it the platform it deserves. I have been captivated with Japanese culture ever since seeing Akira as a teenager, and I would love to give as many people as possible the chance to enjoy these amazing films on the big screen. Anime is a unique art form that has been hugely influential to western film, and it does what all good films should; tell captivating stories which take you to another place, and keep you mesmerised and glued to the screen."

Reuben added: "The films chosen for this first Anime Film Festival are a mix of recent classics and genre-defining films that I know all audiences will enjoy but some may not have come across. There are countless, incredible anime that have never been shown in UK cinemas so I hope the Festival will make new anime fans and demonstrate the variety within this fascinating artform."

About Anime Film Festival

Anime Film Festival was created by Reuben Ramanah, an avid anime fan who has long felt that, despite its strong following in the UK, anime is rarely given the spotlight it deserves in cinemas here. Working with a team of close friends adept in digital marketing and partnering with Picturehouse cinemas, an exciting festival has been created that has already received the backing of Manga UK and Anime Limited as well as creative support from YouTuber Beyond Ghibli and Picnic Animation Studio.