ANIMATION AFTERNOON: The Japanese premiere of “Hand-Drawn: Documentary” and a talk with MARUYAMA Masao and KATABUCHI Sunao




As part of the Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art’s annual Machi to Kioku to Eigakan Program which both celebrate and preserve the community’s collective memories and vibrant cultural heritage, we are excited to screen “Hand-Drawn: Documentary”, a feature-length independent film directed by Felicity MORELAND.

Making its first public screening in Japan, this documentary film features narratives and interviews from various artists as they take us behind the scenes and share with us their own produced animated works, styles, and creation methods. Moreso, this film puts the spotlight on hand-drawn animation style, showcasing its unique charm, aesthetic, and appeal, all while exploring its future amidst a changing and evolving industry. 

After the screening, we will host a talk featuring some of Japan’s contemporary and influential animation producers. Animation film producer and Shiogama City’s own MARUYAMA Masao, and animation film director KATABUCHI Sunao will both join us to discuss their experience with hand-drawn animation and talk about the future of Japan’s animation industry at large. 

Interested attendees are encouraged to register here to secure their attendance as seats are limited.  


Date, time, and location 
3 June 2023 Saturday at the Shiogama City YUU HALL Auditorium 
5F Ichibankan, 1-1 Honmachi, Shiogama City, Miyagi Pref. JAPAN 985-0052
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Program Agenda 
Doors open – 12:30 
Film Screening – 13:00 to 15:00
Talk Event (In Japanese) – 15:15 to 16:15 (time is approximate)

Admission Fees
General Public (Reserved) –  2,500 JPY 
Door Tickets (Unreserved) – 2,500 JPY
MEMBERSHIP: Museum Supporters – 2,000 JPY
Attendees from ages 15 and below (Junior high/elementary) – Free Admission 

Guests of Honor 
MARUYAMA Masao, Animation Producer from Shiogama City / Chairperson of MAPPA
KATABUCHI Sunao, Animation film director
Felicity MORLAND, Director of “Hand-Drawn: Documentary” by way of a pre-recorded video appearance 



SUZUKI Aya, animator 

YAMAMURA Kohji, animator