On the 19th & 20th March 2016 a Japanese Film Festival took place in Wigan which was programmed, promoted and delivered by a group of 14-18 year olds.
A few of the young people from the group have give us an insight in to the processes they went through, why they chose the films and what happened on the day…
Manga might not be the first thing you think of when you think of Wigan, but we decided to bring the feel of Japan to Wigan with a 2-Day Anime/Japan inspired Film Festival.
“Totoro” and “Spirited Away” were the anime films playing throughout Friday at the Fest. All studio Ghibli films we’ve shown have a moral story and message for the viewers, and the Film Fest’s overall message was to make friends, have fun, and be creative. Here’s our own film critic, Ffion telling us a bit more about these films…
On Saturday, the tone was relaxed and calm with “Ponyo” playing soothingly in one corner and a group of young artists at work with our resident artist, Tony.
At the end of the Festival, with a stomach full of noodles, manga artwork sessions in the bag and heart-warming films in our memories, everyone was happy.
An interview with a STEAM ambassador: https://vimeo.com/156087379
Review of the Film Festival by Ffion Griffiths:
I have really enjoyed this festival. There has been so many things to do and discover. It has really made me enjoy manga and anime more than I did before I came. Wigan UTC is any amazing environment and everyone is incredibly friendly and hospitable.
On Friday one of my favourite Anime films was shown “My Neighbour Totoro.” It is a film suitable for all ages in which two children Mei and Satsuki encounter a woodland spirit, named Totoro, and their adventures through their childhood. The messages in this Studio Ghibli film are finding yourself in new environments and friendship. Everyone seemed really gripped by this film and sat contented at the front of the room. I love this film and the story behind it makes me feel the characters emotions by keeping me drawn in to the film. Studio Ghibli films make me feel peaceful as they use peaceful music and calm colours.
Another film that was shown was Spirited Away (Also by Studio Ghibli) this film is different from Totoro and is suitable for older audiences as it is harder to follow in some places. It also has some unsuitable scenes for younger audiences, but I still really enjoyed it.
Another thing that I enjoyed was learning to draw and colour Manga characters. I was pleased with my finished result, as where many others. I think that Tony the Manga artist is incredibly talented and skilled.
This festival has been amazing so far and I hope it happens next year in 2017.