The crew of the Flash-animated feature Long Way North traveled to Japan last month to accept the Tokyo Anime Award Festival grand prize for animated feature. The French-Danish co-production won this recognition from among 24 animated feature submissions, a significantly more competitive field than the Academy Awards, which had only 16 submissions in its feature category last year.
Below is a video of jury member Ryuichi Yagi, director of the Japanese hit Stand by Me Doraemon, presenting the award to the Long Way North team.
Liane-Cho Han, the animation supervisor of Long Way North, shared a few photos from the crew’s trip to Japan. He was especially delighted to meet Japanese animation luminary Toshiyuki Inoue (pictured below), who reportedly loved Long Way North and watched the film three times.