The IFC Center theater in New York City will be holding a film retrospective for films released by GKids over the past five years. The films included in the retrospective are:
- Welcome to the Space Show
- A Letter to Momo
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Summer Wars
- From Up on Poppy Hill
The films will open on December 20, 2013 and will play through January 2, 2014.
The A Letter to Momo anime film won the Second Children Jury’s Prize in the Animated Feature Film category at the 30th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. First prize was awarded to Thomas Bodenstein’s Knight Rusty from Germany.
The festival was held October 26-November 3, 2013.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards.
A Letter to Momo and The Wind Rises have both been nominated in the Best Animated Feature category; these films will be competing against Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, Monsters University, and The Croods.
Kitaro Kousaka has been nominated for “Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production” for his work on The Wind Rises. Miyazaki has been nominated for “Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production” for The Wind Rises.
Additionally, Katsuhiro Otomo is being awarded thw Winsor McCay Award alongside Steven Spielberg and Phil Tippett. This award is “given to individuals in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical work, music, professional teaching, and for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.”
The awards will be presented at UCLA in Los Angeles on February 1, 2014.
Anime News Network is reporting that GKids has begun screening the A Letter to Momo anime film at the Laeemmle NoHo 7 theater in North Hollywood.
The film will be screened for one week in this Los Angeles County theater in order to qualify for the Academy Awards consideration.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 19 films has been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards, which will be held on March 2, 2014.
Three anime films are among the 19 submitted:
- The Wind Rises
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion-
- A Letter to Momo
The final nominees will be announced on January 16, 2014.
GKids and Cinedigm have announced that the two companies are teaming up to launch a multi-platform animation label. Under the agreement, GKids will continue to distribute films theatrically, while Cinedigm will handle “ancillary distribution” under the GKids brand.
The companies have announced they will be releasing seven new GKids titles on home video under this new partnership. Two of the titles being released as part of this agreement are Production I.G’s A Letter to Momo and Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill.
The Boston International Children’s Film Festival will be screening the Wolf Children, A Letter to Momo, and Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW anime films. Tickets for all three films are on sale for US$10 each.
Wolf Children will be screened on April 16, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. and on April 17, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
A Letter to Momo will be screened on April 21, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW will be screened on April 21, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.
Anime News Network is reporting that the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California will be screening the A Letter to Momo film on April 26, 2013 and the Wolf Children anime film on April 27, 2013.
Both screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Anime News Network is reporting that A Letter to Momo won the Best Animated Feature category at the 6th Asian Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia.
A Letter to Momo has already received the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at this year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival, as well as the main prize in the “Feature Film” category at the Czech AniFest.
GKids has announced that it will be screening From Up on Poppy Hill and A Letter to Momo at its animation showcase in southern California.
From Up on Poppy Hill will be screened at the Laemmle NoHo 7 on November 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
A Letter to Momo will be previewed at the Laemmle NoHo 7 on November 17, 2012 at 9:45 p.m.