We are very pleased to announce a special screening of 20 animated short films at this winter’s HYPER JAPAN.
The twenty films we will be showing across both Saturday and Sunday have been selected from among the best finalists of the CG Anime Contest through the years and includes the first film by Makoto Shinkai, the director of Your Name, She & Her Cat, Lonesome Hero by Manami Wakai and Happy Project’s Fruity Samurai.
The CG Anime Contest started in 1989 and is the longest running competition in Japan, providing an annual platform to showcase the best of Japanese independent animations. The director of the contest, Yutaka Kamada, will also be coming to HYPER JAPAN.
Come along to the Hyper Theatre and catch a movie from one of your favourite directors and find something new to fall in love with.
Profile: CG Anime Contest
The CG Anime Contest is the oldest celebration of independent anime in Japan. When the contest was first founded, digital anime was still in its infancy and commercially available software was rare and anime creators who used such software were also very rare. Still, the creators of the Contest believed that “If we start this Contest, then digital anime creators will appear” and so many of Japan’s celebrated anime directors can trace their roots to the CG Anime Contest.
DoGA is an association dedicated to the promotion of independent anime and the advancement of future anime creators. DoGA is also the organizing body behind the “CG Anime Contest”, a contest created by a group of university students back in 1985 before the age of PCs. The students believed that in the near future, a time would come where individuals would be able to create video animation on PCs. In their eyes, this would be different from TV or the movies; it would be a new kind of computer graphics culture.
Thus, in 1989 DoGA developed the very first 3D computer graphics software and released it as freeware.
Today, together with the CG Anime Contest community, DoGA remains active in a variety of fields related to digital animation.