Netflix’s Anime Scholarship for Tokyo’s Sasayuri Video Training Institute

Netflix, along with Japan’s WIT Studio, will offer a full scholarship to the new anime course at Tokyo’s Sasayuri Video Training Institute. Animator Hitomi Tateno, of Japan’s world-renowned Studio Ghibli, designed the six-month program and will teach it herself. There are only 10 spots available in the program, which is accepting applications now through 28 February. It’s available to residents of Japan only (but non-citizens …

2020 Sundance Film Festival Movies To Watch At Home Now

From shorts on Vimeo to features plucked up by streaming giants

Film festivals play a critical role in the independent cinema ecosystem—one that has been disrupted by necessary postponements and cancellations of some of 2020’s most important events. Thanks to Mailchimp and film distributor Oscilloscope, SXSW’s 2020 shorts can be watched online for free. Tribeca Film Festival currently screens shorts (many from alumni) through their  “A Short Film a Day Keeps the Anxiety Away” campaign. And the ReelAbilities Film …

Joe Hisaishi: Summer

Originally a part of the score for the 1999 film Kikujiro, prolific composer Joe Hisaishi’s “Summer” (which reappears, now remastered for an upcoming “best of” compilation) delicately balances piano and orchestral instruments to form a soundscape of immense depth. With an accompanying black and white video of Hisaishi guiding the ups and downs of the track’s introduction and subsequently playing the piano, “Summer” reenters listeners’ lives …