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1 May 2013

Animations: Growing collaboration between Québec and Japan

Gabrielle Chouinard (Québec Film and Television Council), Steven Chu (Toon Boom Animation), Yutaro Yasui (JETRO), Akira Yamaguchi (Sunbridge) and Makoto Inagaki (Québec government office in Tokyo). (Picture taken at the 2013 Tokyo International Anime Fair.)

Collaboration between Québec and Japan has been given a major boost with the announcement of financial support from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), responsible for promoting trade and investments.

JETRO plans to provide financial support for collaborative missions between Montréal and the Tokyo ward of Nerima City, as part of an industrial networking program. The birthplace of anime in Japan, Nerima City is home to over 90 animation studios.

The Québec Film and Television Council and the Nerima Animation Association signed a collaboration agreement in March of last year. The Québec government office in Tokyo helped pave the way to the agreement by fostering dialogue between the two organizations.

Current projects

A number of projects have been launched in the wake of the March 2012 agreement and others are on the drawing board. At the Tokyo International Anime Fair in March 2013, Québec-based Toon Boom Animation, a global leader in animation technology and winner of two Emmy® awards, and its Japanese partner Pri-On signed a memorandum of understanding whereby the Japanese animation studio will use the Toon Boom “pipeline” for two projects inspired by popular Japanese mangas.

More recently, in April, Toon Boom Animation signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s HeARTBIT Digital Creation, formalizing their intention to use the Toon Boom pipeline for another manga production.

The agreement between the Québec Film and Television Council and the Nerima Animation Association has also spawned a four-minute animation produced by the Japanese studio Doga Kobo in collaboration a Montréal postproduction firm, Audio Z, which will compose the music and look after the sound effects.

A key partner

The Québec government office in Tokyo (DGQT) supports Québec companies’ efforts to develop the Japanese market. It also promotes the creation of alliances and transfers of expertise in areas like science and technology.

Québec government office in Tokyo (DGQT)
Québec Film and Television Council
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