Shinsuke Sato’s 3DCG animated feature film OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR was greeted with the Gold Kite for the Best Feature Animation Film for Young People and the Signis Argentina Jury Special Mention at the 10th annual International Film Festival “Nueva Mirada” for Children and Youth, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from September 1 to 7, 2011.


The festival is a project carried out by the “Nueva Mirada” (New Approach) Association, a member of the Global Alliance for Cultrual Diversity from UNESCO, with the support of the National Institute for Film and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), the National Direction of Youth from the Ministry of Social Development, the Cultural Institute from the Buenos Aires Province, UNICEF and SADOP.


Production I.G’s first 3DCGI feature film, OBLIVION ISLAND has received several recognitions so far, such as Animation of the Year at the Japan Academy Prizes, Jury Recommended Work in the Animation Division of the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival (2009), the Nippon Cinema Award at the Nippon Connection Film Festival (Germany), the Visual Technology Award for the animation section of the 9th annual Video Technology Awards, the Digital Content Grand Prix 2010 – DCAJ Chairman Prize, Feature Films Competition Special Jury Prize at SICAF 2010 (South Korea), the Jury Special Mention at Fantasia 2010 (Canada), Jury First Mention at Expotoons 2010 (Argentina), and Jury’s Special Mention at the 18th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2011 (Germany).


Haruka is an ordinary teenager. Her mother passed away when she was a kid, and her father looked after her ever since. But now that she’s 16, communication with her ever-absent workaholic father is not at its best, and “home” has become synonymous of solitude. One day, in a shrine yard, Haruka spots a strange creature resembling a fox, carrying a toy plane. But as she goes after the funny animal, she finds herself on… Oblivion Island! This is a strange world made of memorabilia. And here, Haruka will encounter the memories of her childhood. But humans are not supposed to be on Oblivion Island, and the Baron, who rules that world, has put his eye on that unexpected intruder… And from here, the story bends dramatically into an unpredictable direction at increasing and uncontrolled speed…


Will Haruka find her long lost memories and bring them back to the real world?


Established by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa in 1987, Production I.G is one of the world’s leading animation studios. With its cutting-edge works, such as “Ghost in the Shell” (1995), “Jin-Roh” (2000), “Blood: The Last Vampire” (2000), “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” (animation segment, 2003), “Innocence” (2004) and “The Sky Crawlers” (2008), I.G has gained high reputation around the globe, inspiring Hollywood creators such as James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski brothers.

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