Asian Culture & Storytelling Celebrated At Digicon6 Asia Awards, Tokyo


TBS Winners Onstage Straightened

The 16th edition of Digicon6 Asia celebrated digital content creators and their films last weekend in Tokyo, Japan, with 40 regional winners vying for the top ten festival awards.

The annual film festival organised by Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc saw 1,000 entries from 10 countries, with a preliminary regional selection and competition that preceded the Digicon6 Asia Awards.

Viddsee BUZZ was graciously invited to cover the proceedings.

We had the chance to sit in a special sharing and screening session, meet some of the top digital content creators in the region, and attended a press conference after the awards night.

Here are our top five memorable quotes on the excellent films, paraphrased, with emphasis ours:

#1 – This is a milestone for Taiwanese animation — TBS Digicon6 Asia juror Gabriel Pang on ‘GU’ (Taiwan)

#2 – I felt like I was bathed in a sun-warmed blanket TBS Digicon6 Asia juror Takuma Takasaki on ‘MY MILK CUP COW’ (Japan)

Clockwise from top left: screenshots from ‘Gu’, ‘My Milk My Cow’, ‘Magarwasi’, ‘Grandfather’

#3 – We gave this film the highest score for its production quality. We are pleasantly surprised to learn that it was a school assignment. But as far as the story is concerned, they deserve this prize for the great design, density, rendering and pacing. TBS Digicon6 Asia juror Yuichi Ito on MAGARWASI (India)

#4 – After watching this film, I wanted to call my 84 year old father. — TBS Inc executive chairman Izkumi Ikawa on GRANDFATHER (Korea)

#5 – Each director had a singular intent – to tell his or her story – cultural specifics in did not hinder the jury’s appreciation or understanding of each film and story — Lead juror Kiki Sugino on the question about a specific Asian style or identity that stood out

Here are the winners:

Digicon6 Asia Gold Award

1 – Grand Prize – ‘GRANDFATHER’ by Kim Minwo, Yu Hyejin, Jea Youra, Lee Eunkyung, Lee Miru, Kim Yunha, Kim Sumin, Kim Jeongbin (Korea)
2 – Special Jury Prize – ‘GU’ by Huang Shih-Ming & Eric Liu (Taiwan)

Digicon6 Asia Silver Award

1 – Best Technique – ‘MASTER ARTIFICER’ by Sila Suwansaard (Thailand)
2 – Innovative Art – ‘MAGARWASI’ by Varun Nair, Kartik Gupta, Eshana Multani, Bhanu Khandelwal (India)
3 – Asian Perspective – ‘MY MILK CUP COW’ by Zhu Yantong (Japan)

Digicon6 Asia Next Generation Award

1 – ‘THE CLOSET’ by Satomi Maiya (Japan)
2 – ‘SERVO’ by Minhyul Bae (Korea)

Digicon6 Asia Audience Choice Award

1 – ‘A WARRIOR’S DREAM’ by Li Jin (China)

Digicon6 Asia Marunouchi Award
1 – ‘RESCUE’ by Po Chou Chi (Taiwan)

Digicon6 Asia Special Mention Award
1 – ‘KUNGFU BUNNY’ by Li Zhi Yong (China)

The judging panel comprised industry leaders in advertising, film and TV, game development and education, from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

They are: animation director Yuichi Ito, film & tv director Nao Kubota, Dentsu executive creative director Takuma Takasaki, broadcast & documentary reporter Kanae Takeuchi, Polygon Pictures president & CEO Shuzo John Shiota, director at the Japanese anime studio Production I.G Katsuyuki Motohiro, Mediacorp programming manager Kannan Karthik, animator & educator Shin Kai Chung, chairman at the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association Gabriel Pang. The panel was headed by actress director & producer Kiki Sugino, its lead juror.

Watch ‘GU’ by Huang Shih-Ming & Eric Liu (Taiwan) here:

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‘GU’ received a special recommendation from the juror Gabriel Pang for its stylised storytelling of desperate girl who used an ancient Chinese black-magic spell to charm a lover.

We will share more from the Digicon6 Asia Awards, so do check back!

Or, head over to our special TBS Digicon6 channel for films by regional winners for Singapore!

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