Animated Short Film To Be Made For Tokyo Olympics

Animated short film to be made for Tokyo Olympics

A Japanese animation company and the International Olympic Committee say they are collaborating to create an animated short film to share the Olympic spirit with young people ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Studio Ponoc and the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage made the announcement on Monday at an international animation festival in the southeastern French town of Annecy.

They said the film will "express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect." It is to be released early next year in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and will also be screened in future host cities.

Studio Ponoc producer Yoshiaki Nishimura said the IOC told him it wanted to convey Olympic values to younger generations, which struck a chord with him as his office has been making films aimed at children.

The Annecy Festival, which opened on Monday, is one of the world's largest animated film festivals. More than 200 works from 94 countries are in competition this year.

Japan and its unique cinematography are being featured at the festival for the first time in 20 years.

Three films from Japan are nominated in this year's Feature Films competition. They are "Ride Your Wave" by Masaaki Yuasa, "The Wonderland" by Keiichi Hara and "The Relative Worlds" by Yuhei Sakuragi.