UniFrance and Air France have joined forces for the fourth year running to present the Air France Audience Prize at this year's French Film Festival in Japan. This award is given to the film chosen by Japanese audiences from among the feature films programmed at the festival.
In addition, a random draw was held of entries received from audience members to select the winner of a return trip for two to Paris. The prize-winning film will also be screened on Air France flights in coming months.
Michel Ocelot was in attendance at the festival to present his film and to take part in Q&As with audiences. The director also gave a master class at the Geidai University, where he brought along a selection of his own drawings and paper cut-out works to illustrate his working methods. To complement the presentation of his film at the festival, an exhibition dedicated to his work was held from June 13 to 23 at the Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse.
A veteran of the French movie industry, Michel Ocelot's talent reaches beyond national borders and across cultures. His films explore themes that are highly personal but with a universal appeal, employing animation techniques that are accessible to a wide audience and appreciated by adults just as much as children.