The forum, to be held at Marunouchi Building in Chiyoda Ward, will feature a showing of animated films
and a display of original ''manga'' comics produced by Japanese and ASEAN artists.
Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's popular animated film
''Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)'' shared the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear prize Sunday with ''Bloody Sunday,'' a British-Irish film about the Northern Ireland troubles.
Animators in the United States were getting jobs in television, or with feature films, and not as many people were making or even discussing independent animated films
The Japanese film is among 17 possible nominees for an Oscar in the best animated film
An international animated film
festival is scheduled to open Friday at Tokyo's Big Sight convention center in Tokyo Bay.
And thankfully, ``Shrek 2,'' the sequel to one of the great animated films
in recent years, does not disappoint, delivering plenty of reasons to laugh and smile as well as a timely reminder that movies can indeed be fun.
The hit Japanese animated film
''Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)'' was awarded the grand prize at an international festival of animated films
that opened Friday in the Tokyo waterfront area.
LAIKA Entertainment, which will produce animated films
in the $50 to $70 million dollar range, currently has Henry Selick's short film "Moongirl" ready to embark on the film festival circuit and has announced production on a full length, CG/stop motion animation feature film adaptation of Coraline, based on the Hugo Award-winning, international bestselling children's book by Neil Gaiman.
He added: ``Not even Disney's marketing and brand could turn the last two animated films
, 'Treasure Planet' and `Brother Bear,' into successes.
Petrov won the Oscar for the first time, but he had been an Academy Award nominee twice -- for his short animated films
"The Mermaid" in 1997 and "The Cow" in 1989.
managed remotely from Bristol more than 5,000 miles away -- are used to "render" animated films
for a dozen UK filmmakers, whose work will be showcased publicly at the film festival.
Because of his burgeoning interests that, in addition to full-length animated films
, included television and a theme park, most of the cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse ended after 1940.