Nippon Animation

NIPPON ANIMATION presents outstanding works of Japanese animation. We are honored to welcome animation director Hiroyasu ISHIDA to the festival. ISHIDA will present PENGUIN HIGHWAY, his first animated feature film, as well as a selection of his earlier short films. LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD is a moving portrait of friendship and OKKO’S INN tells a heartfelt coming-of-age story about grief and responsibility. Mamoru HOSODA’s MIRAI made headlines earlier this year by being one of the few Japanese animation films to receive a nomination for the Academy Awards. Two short film programs, TRANSIENCE - THE BEST OF RECENT INDIE ANIMATION und TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS: ANIMATION SHORTS, give an insight into Japan’s independent animation scene.

Hiroyasu ISHIDA: Animation Shorts

  • German premieres in the presence of the director
  • Sunday, June 2, 15:00 Naxoshalle Kino


Liz And The Blue Bird

  • リズと青い鳥
    Rizu to aoi tori
  • Director: Naoko YAMADA
  • Japan 2018, 90 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • German premiere
  • Saturday, June 1, 14:00 Mal Seh’n Kino
  • Sunday, June 2, 12:00 Mousonturm Saal



Nippon Film Breakfast: Mirai

  • 未来のミライ
    Mirai no mirai
  • Director & script: Mamoru HOSODA
  • Japan 2018, 98 min, Japanese with German subtitles, released to age 6 or older
  • Thursday, May 30, 11:00 Internationales Theater (Nippon Filmfrühstück)


© Hiroko Reijo, Asami, KODANSHA

Okko’s Inn

  • 若おかみは小学生!
    Wakaokami wa shogakusei!
  • Director: Kitaro KOSAKA
  • Japan 2018, 92 min, Japanese with German subtitles and screening with German voice-over, released to age 6 or older
  • German premiere
  • Thursday, May 30, 15:30 Mal Seh’n Kino (NIPPON KIDS: Screening with German voice-over)
  • Friday, May 31, 11:30 Mousonturm Saal (Japanese with German subtitles)


© 2018 Tomihiko Morimi, KADOKAWA
/ Penguin Highway Production Committee

Penguin Highway

  • ペンギン・ハイウェイ
  • Director: Hiroyasu ISHIDA
  • Japan 2018, 118 min, Japanese with German subtitles
  • German premieres in the presence of the director
  • Friday, May 31, 19:30 Mal Seh’n Kino
  • Saturday, May 1, 11:30 Mousonturm Saal


Tokyo University Of The Arts: Animation Shorts

  • In the presence of Ilan NGUYEN
  • Thursday, May 30, 12:00 Naxoshalle Kino


Transience – The Best Of Recent Indie Animation

  • In the presence of the curator Dr. Catherine Munroe Hotes and the director Ryoji YAMADA
  • Saturday, June 1, 14:15 Naxoshalle Kino