The Tokyo Anime Awards Festival (TAAF), whose 8th edition was held March 12–15, has announced the winners of this year’s competition.
The top feature prize went to Josep, which is on a roll. The historical drama follows the plight of Spanish cartoonist and activist Josep Bartoli after he flees Franco’s fascist regime in 1939. Directed by the French artist Aurel, a political cartoonist in his own right, the film has been well received: it won a César last week and was selected by Cannes last year. Its haul of prizes also includes a European Film Award.
Coffin, a graduation project from France’s prestigious Gobelins school, won the short film grand prize. In the wordless five-minute film, a man tries to sleep in a dorm room, but is tormented by increasingly outlandish sounds and images. Watch it below: