Photo/IllutrationIllustration by Yoko Kuno. Provided by New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival Executive Committee

The competition has been whittled down in the feature and short film categories for the fifth annual New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival.

Five titles are now in the running in the feature film competition from a total of 49 works submitted from 25 countries and regions.

For the short film competition, a record high 2,043 projects from 86 countries and regions were submitted for consideration. Now, 76 titles are nominated in five categories.

The festival will be held Nov. 2-5 at Hokkaido’s main airport gateway.

The five films up for the inaugural Selection for the Feature Films are: Denis Do’s “Funan,” which won the top Cristal for a Feature Film at the 2018 Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France; Sung Hsin-Yin’s “On Happiness Road”; “Shonen Hollywood--Holly Stage For You-- Complete Edition,” co-directed by Sumiko Arai and Toshimasa Kuroyanagi; Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner”; and Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s “This Magnificent Cake!”

The Selection for the Short Films is for animated works of 30 minutes or less.

The Student Competition was added to this year’s lineup, which includes International, Family, Japan and Music Animation competitions.

The titles included in the International Competition are: “World of Tomorrow Episode Two” by two-time Oscar nominee Don Hertzfeldt; Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s “The Burden,” which won the Cristal for a Short Film at Annecy in 2017; Sun Xun’s “Time Spy”; and Atsushi Wada’s “Autumn from Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons.’”

For more information, visit the official website at (http://airport-anifes.jp/en/).

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