The first feature film by Saku Sakamoto, who was behind the digital effects of Mamoru Oshii’s "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence," will compete in Animafest Zagreb in the Croatian capital.

“Aragne: Sign of Vermillion” is the only Japanese title that will compete in the feature film category at the major international animation film festival, which starts June 3.

The animation is set in a large residential complex plagued with rumors of paranormal activities. The story follows the heroine who witnesses a bizarre incident before being thrown into a world of mystery and terror.

Dubbed a “super illustrator,” Sakamoto served as director, screenwriter, storyboard artist, compositor and composer for the project.

“Aragne” will also be screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France as part of its Focus on Tokyo program for young creators. It is one of many programs at this year’s festival to introduce Japanese animation culture after Japan was selected as the guest country of honor.

The Annecy festival will kick off June 10. Masaaki Yuasa’s “Ride Your Wave,” Keiichi Hara’s “The Wonderland” and Yuhei Sakuragi’s “The Relative Worlds” will compete in the feature film category, while Ayumu Watanabe’s “Children of the Sea” is listed in the Counterchamp category.

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