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Annecy Classics: 100 Years of Japanese Animation

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The Association of Japanese Animations is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation with a selection of unreleased short films.

Since its debut in 1917, Japanese animation has never stopped spreading its influence and creating emulation around it.

To celebrate its 100 years of existence, the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) has created ANIME NEXT 100. Centered around themes like heritage, training and the industry’s future, the project is totally dedicated to promoting the diverse possibilities that Japanese animation has to offer.

A compilation of a wide range of animated films that marked the country’s history by transcending entire generations and pushing the limits, ANIME NEXT 100 was driven by the desire to make people discover or rediscover the origins of Japanese animation.

Through a selection of short films that have been made public by Japan’s National Film Center, part of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the association is celebrating a century of animated creations and giving Annecy the possibility to discover several films dating back from 1917 to 1941. Propoganda films, westerns, animated documentaries… There’s a little something for everyone.

For the Annecy Festival, there will be a screening of an exceptional selection to give festivalgoers the chance to take an unprecedented journey through the history of Japanese animation.


"Short Cuts" Arte Court-circuit

As an opener to this Annecy Classics special programme, discover an animated short based on a classic film and made as part of "Short Cuts" from Arte’s Court-circuit: Short Cuts "Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses", animated by Franck Dion

Short cuts


  • La Dent

    Canada - Guy DELISLE

  • Short cuts "L'empire des sens de Nagisa Oshima"

    France - Franck DION

  • Haru no uta

    Japan - Noburo OFUJI

  • Sahara

    France, Canada - Pierre CORÉ

  • Manga Kobutori

    Japan - Yasuji MURATA

  • Ponsuke no haru

    Japan - IKUO OISHI

  • Propagate

    Japan - Shigeji OGINO

  • Manga Shin Sarukanigassen

    Japan - Kenzo MASAOKA

  • Ari-chan

    Japan - Mitsuyo SEO