Currently a member of the Annecy Festival jury, Koji Yamamura revealed his incredible talent to the world back in 2003. Winning awards at the world’s most prestigious film festivals, from Annecy to the Oscars by way of Animafest, his short film Mount Head shocked the world of animation. A world that Koji Yamamura continues to shake up more than fifteen years later through one artistic project and collaboration after another, in Japan and around the world. Solo projects, choice partnerships with Shôchiku or ONF, mini-series developed with poet Arthur Bindar, ads, book illustrations, and the list goes on. Here is a look back at the last fifteen years of creative works by this tireless animation genius.
"If I had to name one country with a true culture of animation, it would definitely be Japan." A seemingly obvious declaration made by French director Georges Lacroix in 1999, the year when the Annecy Festival celebrated Japanese animation for the very first time. Twenty years later the Festival pays homage to this truly singular cinematographic style through both a retrospective and a look to the future to reveal several hidden gems still relatively unknown in the West.