Milch Takes Top Prize in Hiroshima

Igor Kovalyov’s Milch from the U.S. beat out 52 other entries to win the grand Prix and a one-million-yen ($8,620) bounty at the 11th edition of the biannual Hiroshima International Animation Festival that closed its four-day schedule at Hiroshima’s Aster Plaza on Aug. 28. The international jury of six, headed by Canada’s Marcy Page of Paradisia, also picked Korean Hyung-yun Chang’s Wolf Daddy for the Hiroshima Prize, which was also a million-yen prize.

The newly created Rene Laloux prize ($2,000) went to French filmmaker Philippe Grammaticopoulos’ The Regulator, while special international jury prizes were awarded to: Jeremy Clapin’s A Backbone Tale from France, Giul Alkabetz’s Dying of Love from Germany, Rastko Ciric’s Metamorph from Serbia Montenegro, Georges Schwizgebel’s Play from Switzerland, Run Wrake’s Rabit from the U.K. and Regina Pessoa’s Tragic Story with Happy Ending from Portugal.

The Hiroshima 2006 Anime Fair was preceded by the Hiroshima Animation Biennale 2006, which took place between July 28 and Aug. 27 at NTT Credo Hall in Hiroshima, and featured 50 years of history of respected Japanese toon factory Toei Animation.