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Singapore Film Society’s (SFS) ANIMATION NATION 2009 is happening at the National Museum of Singapore from 14 Oct to 21 Oct. Every year, the SFS endeavours to show case animation that are equal to or top what were screened in previous festivals – animated films that push the limits of imagination and possibilities of animation.

Animation Nation 2009

Fans of anime can look forward to Production IG x Mamoru Oshii’s latest animated feature “Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai” 「宮本武蔵 ―双剣に馳せる夢―」. Fans of Studio 4 Deg’s Genius Party will be treated to “Genius Party Beyond“. Both parts of the classic anti-war story “Barefoot Gen” 「はだしのゲン」will be screened back to back.  Besides Japanese animation, fans of animation can also delight in the international selection of outstanding works, such as the haunting war dispatch “Waltz with Bashir” from Israel, the magical Celtic feature “The Secret of Kells” from Ireland, the adult-oriented stop-motion animation “Mary & Max” from Australia, and the kids-oriented Chinese animation “Pleasant Goat and Big Bad Wolf: The Super Adventure” 《喜羊羊与灰太狼之牛气冲天》are among those screening at the festival. Animation Nation will be holding workshops & seminars conducted by industry professionals.

Trailers:

Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai

Genius Party Beyond

Barefoot Gen

The Secret of Kells

Waltz with Bashir

Max and Mary

Skan Srisuwan, the lead character and mecha designer of “Front Mission Evolved” will share his experience on working on the upcoming game from Square Enix during the festival.

Skan Srisuwan @ Tokyo Game Show 2009

The Wanzer Zenith action-figure from Square Enix, based on design by Skan Srisuwan

Check out the latest trailer of Square Enix’s FRONT MISSION EVOLVED:

FRONT MISSION EVOLVED – Tokyo Game Show 2009 teaser

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