With the whole world focusing more on online virtual events, such as the upcoming CloudMatsuri convention and even a VR film event for specific Funimation titles, Anime Limited has announced a special festival for members in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The distributor has revealed Screen Anime, a brand new online film festival that will offer a variety of films as well as one television series and additional benefits each month. Launching on Monday 25th May 2020, a hand-picked selection of anime will be chosen each month to allow those who are new to anime as well as regulars to come together and build a welcoming community.
The festival will utilise a membership model which includes a Monthly Pass for £3.98 per month, and a yearly Festival Pass for £39.98 (with a saving of £7.78). The additional benefits for the Festival Pass will include a special physical membership card that will allow members to unlock exclusive benefits like discounts on Anime Limited’s online store, at future conventions and more that have yet to be revealed.
Andrew Partridge, CEO of Anime Limited, provided his thoughts on Screen Anime:
“Ever since founding the annual Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival, showcasing the best in theatrical anime has been a passion for me but how to keep doing that during this ongoing global situation we find ourselves in? The answer was to take the film festival experience online and at the same time address a gap we recognise from fan feedback in how theatrical anime is released to date.
There are so many ideas we are excited at bringing to folks through Screen Anime over the coming months and I for one can’t wait to talk about them!”
The television anime series has yet to be revealed. The films, in particular, have been announced and will have special inclusions available when you watch them on Screen Anime.
BBFC Rating: 12
Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Studio: Trigger, XFLAG
“Leave your brain at the door and get caught up in the wild ride of Galo Thymos in this over-the-top action fest of vibrant colours and giant robots – PROMARE has it all. 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
BONUS: Side Story Lio – a 10-minute prequel short about Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish.”
BBFC Rating: 12
Director: Hiroyasu Ishida
“When cute penguins start waddling into a rural Japanese town, it piques the interest of the ever-curious schoolkid Aoyama in this cute, Studio Ghibli-esque coming-of-age story with dashes of science fiction. 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
BONUS: Interview with the original author Tomihiko Morimi.”
(Sakasama no Patema)
BBFC Rating: PG
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
“Fall into the sky with the sheer escapism of a topsy-turvy fantasy that will challenge your perceptions. Winner of the 2013 Scotland Loves Anime Jury and Audience Awards.
BONUS: Alternate angles.”
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise
(Ōritsu Uchūgun: Oneamisu no Tsubasa)
BBFC Rating: 15
Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
“Blast off to new frontiers with this landmark feature in anime history, whose English dub features the voice of Bryan Cranston in this debut work of Gainax, the iconic studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion.”
All of the films mentioned above will be available at launch until Sunday 21st June 2020. There will also be a watch-a-long session for Penguin Highway with #ScreenAnimeParty over on Twitter from 7:30pm on Thursday 28th May 2020.
Screen Anime will be accessible through your web browser and there will be a three-day free trial when you first sign up. Apps for TVos, iOS, Android & Amazon will also be arriving over the coming months. You can follow Screen Anime on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Source: Screen Anime Press Release