Asian films form the bulk of titles screening in the animated features sidebar Anima't at the forthcoming Sitges International Film Festival of Catalunya (Oct 3-13).
Anima't will also feature more than fifty short films in competition and an homage to Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, whose multiple award-winning Spirited Away (Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi) will screen in both Anima't and the Official Fantastic Section.
Barcelona-based company Filmax also announced that its film Second Name from newcomer director Paco Plaza will screen in competition. The name is based on the Ramsey Campbell novel Pact Of The Fathers.
For the first time, the festival will offer a prize to the Anima't film which receives the greatest number of votes from the public. Among the feature films selected for Anima't are: South Korean Lee Sung-Gang's My Beautiful Girl Mari (Mary Iyagi); Hong Kong native Toe Yuen's My Life As McDull; Cowboy Bebop:Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira) from Japan's Shinichirou Watanabe; and Argentine Juan Antin's Mercano The Martian (Mercano El Marciano).
Anima't will also pay tribute to US animator Chuck Jones.