Japanese Doing It RIght

On his excellent blog AniPages Daily, Ben Ettinger discusses a show that airs on NHK (“Japan’s PBS,” as he puts it) called DIGITAL STADIUM. The program, on the air since 2000, screens short films by up-and-coming animators. Far from just a random showcase of films, each week’s selection of shorts is curated by well known Japanese animation directors. Following the films, there is a roundtable discussion between the filmmakers. At the end of each show, they select a “Hall of Fame” film and again at the end of the season, choose a grand prize winner. All of the “Hall of Fame” films can be viewed ONLINE. Leave it to the Japanese to innovate once again and create an insightful TV program that treats animation with respect.