Kotatsu Festival is now just around the corner. And, just now we have fresh updates for you’ll. As we know, because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, every festival, shows are being conducted online. The same will be followed for the Kotatsu Festival. The events will run on Zoom, But, all those who want to join will compulsorily need to book the tickets. The Zoom events are free but do need to be booked. They can be booked on the festival’s page ⇒ Kotatsu Festival Page.
The events will last for 2 days. The Dates of the Kotatsu festival are October 24th and 25th.
Also, note that some events will run on Zoom and others on the festival’s YouTube channel.
Kotatsu Festival Schedule
Saturday, October 24
11 a.m. Koji Yamamura and Kotatsu Special (Youtube). Runtime: 90 minutes
Films from Koji Yamamura introduced by the animator (pictured right), including the UK Premiere of Dreams Into Drawing. The other films by Yamamura include Mount Head, Notes on Monstropedia, and Water Dreams. Followed by short films by independent film-makers including the world premiere of The King of Amechau Country 〜Mother Goose〜 by Miho Yata.
1 p.m. Miho Yata and Takeshi Yoda Q&A (Zoom) Estimated Time: 60 minutes
Talk with Japanese animator Miho Yata and composer and theremin player Takeshi Yoda, who performed the music in The King of Amechau Country, above. The Zoom event can be booked Yata Miho and Yoda Takeshi.
6 p.m. Student Programme 1 (Youtube) Estimated Time: 75 minutes
Films by students at Tokyo Zokei University and Tama Art University.
Sunday, October 25
12 p.m. Chie Arai Animation Workshop (Zoom) Estimated Time: 75 minutes
Workshop with animator Chie Arai about creating the festival’s mascot character. Suitable for over-13s. The Zoom event can be booked here.
2 p.m. Fusako Yusaki Q&A (Zoom) Estimated Time: 75 minutes
Talk with Japanese clay animation pioneer Fusako Yusaki, pictured left. The Zoom event can be booked here.
6 p.m Koji Yamamura and Kotatsu Special (Youtube) Estimated Time: 90 minutes
A repeat of the programme from Saturday morning, above.
According to the festival website, “All films are in Japanese with English subtitles. The stream is declared safe for children, the equivalent of a U rating in UK cinema. Please be sure to subscribe to our Kotatsu Youtube Channel in advance and click the notification bell to receive all notifications when we go live or post any new content. Each Youtube stream will have a 30 minute lobby prior to programme start where you are free to join, settle in, get your popcorn and drinks ready and chat amongst yourselves.”