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Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai

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.

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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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