Makoto Shinkai was born in Nagano Prefecture in 1973. In 2002, he debuted his self-produced short-film Voices of a Distant Star, which won many awards starting with the Tokyo International Anime Fair 21. In 2004, he created his first full-length movie The Place Promised in Our Early Days to great acclaim, which went on to win Best Animated Film at the 59th Mainichi Film Concours. In 2007, he released 5 Centimeters Per Second, which won Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, as well as the Lancia Platinum Grand Prize at Italy’s Future Film Festival. In 2011, Children Who Chase Lost Voices was released in theaters nationwide and presented internationally as a work unlike the world had ever seen before, winning the “Golden Monkey King” Award at the 8th China International Cartoon and Animation Festival and receiving another nomination for Best Animated Feature Film from APSA. In 2012, he received a Letter of Appreciation from the Cabinet Secretariat’s National Policy Unit as one of the “Global Messengers of Japan”. In 2013, he released The Garden of Words, which won Best Anime Feature Film in Germany’s Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. In 2016, his newest film your name. won Best Animated Feature Length Film at the 49th Sitges Film Festival and the Best Animated Film at the 42nd Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Makoto Shinkai continues to receive acclaim domestically and internationally as one of the next generation of anime film directors.

Films

your name.
2017

your name. (Kimi no na wa.)

Japan
2017

your name. (Kimi no na wa.)

Two high school kids who’ve never met – city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha – are united through their dreams.

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5 Centimeters Per Second
2007

5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku 5 Centimeters)

Japan
2007

5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku 5 Centimeters)

5 Centimeters Per Second is a serial short animation consisting of three independent works, all of which are depicted with a boy at the core.…

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below
2011

Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

Japan
2011

Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

The film centers on Asuna, a young girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received…

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