“Humour is very difficult to express, but this was perfect and we couldn’t stop laughing,” said Kiki Sugino, Japanese actress and director who served as jury chairman, when introducing the DigiCon6 Asia Gold Grand Prize Award at Tokyo last weekend.
Organised by Tokyo Broadcasting System, the 17th edition of DigiCon6 Asia saw 40 regional works from 10 countries competing for the top ten festival awards. The works were shortlisted from over 1,000 entries through regional selection and competition that preceded the DigiCon6 Asia awards ceremony.
The film in reference? ‘Johnny Express’ by 30-year old Woo Kyungmin from South Korea. The lighthearted take of a delivery man’s unexpected invasion of an alien planet won by an unanimous vote from the international jury that comprised of directors, professors, animators and producers from Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan.
This also marks the third year in a row that a work from South Korea won the Gold Grand Prize Award.
The full list of winners:
Digicon6 Asia Gold Award
1 – Grand Prize – ‘JOHNNY EXPRESS’ by Woo Kyungmin (South Korea)
2 – Special Jury Prize – ‘ZDRAVSTVUITE!’ by Yoko Yuki (Japan)
Digicon6 Asia Silver Award
1 – Best Technique – ‘I CAN’T BREATHE.’ by Sayaka Kihata (Japan)
2 – Innovative Art – ‘THE BLUE SWEATER’ by Dhaneesh Jameson (India)
3 – Asian Perspective – ‘S – THE BIRTH OF PSYCHO’ by Kim Woohyun (Japan)
Digicon6 Asia Audience Choice Award
1 – ‘TOKYO COSMO’ by Takahiro Miyauchi (Japan)
Digicon6 Asia Marunouchi Award
1 – ‘CODEY’ by Lai Wei-Chung & Chen Huai-Wan (Taiwan)
The full list of judges are as follows:
Film maker & festival curator, Katsuyuki Motohiro; Polygon Pictures president & CEO, Shuzo John Shiota; TV personality & reporter, Kanae Takeuchi; founder of I.Toon & animation director, Yuichi Ito; professor * board director at the Japan Animation Association, Tatsutoshi Gon Nomura; film director, Isshin Inudo; managing director of broadcast Thai television, Arunosha Bhanupan; comics artist & animator, John Chan; producer & consultant to Department of Culture Affairs of Taipei, Joe Teng. The jury chairman is Kiki Sugino, acclaimed Japanese actress & director.
‘Johnny Express’ has also received interest from Illumination Entertainment, the Hollywood animation studio behind ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Minions’, and there are plans to co-produce this short film into a feature length film with a release date in 2018.
Stay tuned for more exclusive insights from the DigiCon6 Asia Awards!