The second annual Niigata International Animation Festival will screen several features by late Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, it was announced this weekend.
Takahata, who was born in 1935, had a long and storied directorial career that began in the 1960s and continued until his final film, 2013’s Princess Kaguya. He had a huge influence on many anime creators, including Hayao Miyazaki, with whom he co-founded Ghibli in the 1980s. The festival, which takes place from March 15 to 20, will screen the following Takahata films:
Horus, Prince of the Sun
Panda! Go, Panda!
Anne of Green Gables
Chie the Brat: Downtown Story
Grave of the Fireflies
My Neighbors the Yamadas
There will also be screenings of individual TV episodes and talk sessions with folks like Ponoc/former Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura and director Sunao Katabuchi.