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Makoto Shinkai

Animation Film Director, “your name”

Makoto Shinkai was born in Nagano Prefecture in 1973. In 2002 he debuted his self-produced short-film Voices of a Distant Star, which won many awards starting with the Tokyo International Anime Fair 21. In 2004 he created his first full-length movie The Place Promised in Our Early Days to great acclaim, which went on to win Best Animated Film at the 59th Mainichi Film Concours. In 2007 he released 5 Centimeters Per Second which won Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, as well as the Lancia Platinum Grand Prize at Italy’s Future Film Festival. In 2011 Children Who Chase Lost Voices was released in theaters nationwide and presented internationally as a work unlike the world had ever seen before, winning the “Golden Monkey King” Award at the 8th China International Cartoon and Animation Festival. In 2012 he received a Letter of Appreciation from the Cabinet Secretariat’s National Policy Unit as one of the “Global Messengers of Japan”. In 2013 he released his biggest hit so far, The Garden of Words, which won Best Anime Feature Film in Germany’s Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. Also that year he was awarded the Shinmai Select Prize. Makoto Shinkai continues to receive acclaim domestically and internationally as one of the next generation of anime film directors

Award History

Voices of a Distant Star

  • 2002
    “Most Valuable Newcomer” Award for the Tokyo International Anime Fair 21
  • 2002
    7th Animation Kobe Packaged Work Award (OVA)
  • 2002
    2nd Japan Otaku Awards “Gunbuster” Award
  • 2002
    6th Agency for Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival Special Award
  • 2003
    8th AMD AWARD for Best Director
  • 2003
    2002 Digital Contents Grand Prix Entertainment Category Film Design Award
  • 2003
    34th Seiun Award Media/Art Category

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

  • 2003
    Tokyo International Anime Fair 2003 Artistic Expression Award *(For Pilot Version)
  • 2003
    Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival Silver Prize Animated Film Category
  • 2005
    36th Seiun Award Art Category
  • 2005
    Best Animated Film at the 59th Mainichi Film Concours
  • 2005
    Korea’s SICAF 2005 “Best Animated Film” for Feature Film Category

5 Centimeters Per Second

  • 2007
    Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Animated Feature Film
  • 2007
    Italy’s Future Film Festival Lancia Platinum Grand Prize

Children Who Chase Lost Voices

  • 2012
    8th China International Cartoon and Animation Festival “Golden Monkey King” Award
  • 2012
    Tokyo International Anime Fair 2012 Tokyo Anime Awards Best Art Direction

The Garden of Words

  • 2013
    Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival “Satoshi Kon Award” “Audience Award” for Best Animated Film
  • 2013
    18th Animation Kobe Theatrical Film Award
  • 2013
    iTunes Best of 2013 Best Animation Selection
  • 2013
    Best Animated Feature Film in Germany’s 21st Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

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