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Taiwanese animation director wins award in Tokyo

2011/03/10 23:00:32

Tokyo, March 10 (CNA) U.S.-based Taiwanese director Kuo Yen-tingwon the Tokyo Big Sight Award with his animation "Swing" at the TokyoInternational Anime Fair 2011, the largest animation fair in theworld, making him the first Taiwanese person to win the award.

Kuo, who was born in Taipei, received a bachelor's degree in filmproduction from Southern Taiwan University and a master's degree inanimation from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

"Swing" is an animation he made when he was a graduate student.The four-minute animation portrays how living people influence theperspectives of people on the brink of death.

The 10th Tokyo International Anime Fair 2011 will be held at thecity's international exhibition center, Tokyo Big Sight, March 24-27.It is expected to attract more than 200 animation, film andtelevision production companies from Japan and abroad.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for March 26.

"Swing" has won 11 awards worldwide, and is short-listed oreligible for screening at 35 film festivals around the world.

(By Mike Chang and Christie Chen)