Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival 2001 - Grand Prize
Animation Kobe 2003 - Feature Film Award
Mainichi Film Awards 2002 - Ofuji Noburo Award
Sitges Film Festival 2001 - Orient Express Award
Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, Miyoko Shoji, Shozo Iizuka, Masaya Onosaka
Arguably the masterwork of the late anime visionary Satoshi Kon, namesake of Fantasia’s prestigious annual animation award, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS itself claimed two Fantasia awards – Best Animation Film and Fantasia Ground-Breaker – following its World Premiere here at the festival. 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of this auspicious event, an invitation to once again join TV crewmen Genya and Kyoji as they interview the reclusive actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, a long-lost legend of the silver screen whose personal memories run parallel to the history of Japan’s society and cinema. Satoshi Kon’s strikingly beautiful, formally inventive, and emotionally rich film welcomed our new millennium with a reverential reflection on cinema’s splendid past, and is now itself an anime classic (the recent 4K restoration of which Fantasia is proudly presenting) to be revisited and cherished anew.
This psychedelic animated milkshake of twisted mysticism and streetwise thrills is possibly the most laureled film in Fantasia’s history.
A quest to save unicorns, griffins and phoenixes in Dash Shaw’s fantastical new animated feature.
Decades in the making, the personal masterwork of stop-motion titan Phil Tippett is a Dantean descent into darkness.