The event also includes Japanese taster sessions (July 30th only) and the screening of Princess Arete will be introduced by anime expert and author Helen McCarthy. Full details below.
- Hanakappa: Adventure in the Butterfly Kingdom (Kazumi Nonaka, 2013, 60min, 11.00 am) Hanakappa discovers that his and his friends' mothers have all been kidnapped and sets off on a journey to the “Butterfly Kingdom” to rescue them in a fun story of courage, friendship and the bonds between parents and their children. Recommended for ages 8+ (English subtitles)
- Princess Arete (Sunao Katabuchi, 2001, 105min, 12.30 pm) Kept in a castle by her father, Princess Arete spends her days watching the world go by when one day a wizard offers to marry her and take her away, but will Princess Arete finally be free or will she just be imprisoned by another keeper? Recommended for ages 8+ (English subtitles) Introduced by Helen McCarthy.
- Tamako Love Story (Naoko Yamada, 2014, 83min, 3:00pm) A light-hearted depiction of the ordinary but fun life of Tamako, the daughter of a mochi (Japanese rice cake) shop owner, and her blossoming romance with a childhood friend, Mochizo. Recommended for ages 12+ (English subtitles).
- After School Midnighters (Hitoshi Takekiyo, 2012, 95min, 12:45pm) Kunstlijk, an anatomical model that stands in a school’s science room and who comes to life at night, plots a plan for revenge after three naughty students decide to vandalise and dress him up in silly clothes. Age Classification (TBC) (English subtitles)
- Mind Game (Masaaki Yuasa, 2004, 103min. 2:40pm) A typical love story it may seem, but things take a strange turn when wannabe cartoonist Nishi, who is given a second chance at life, is reunited with his high school crush, Myon. Recommended for ages 18+ (English subtitles)