A Bite of Bone

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A Bite of Bone

| Short animation | March 2021 | Japan | 10'00" | 4K, HD | 16:9 | 5.1ch Stereo | Japanese | English subtitles | Trailer |

A little girl reflects on her last summer with her father at his funeral.

Directed by Yano Honami
Voice: Ayamo Tano
Superviser, Producer: Koji Yamamura
Assistant Producer: sanae
Sound Design: Masumi Takino
Production, Distribution: Au Praxinoscope

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Director: YANO Honami

YANO Honami was born in 1991 on a small island in Japan. During her college years spent in Kyoto, she went on an exchange program to the Rhode Island School of Design. Received the master degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Film and New Media. After graduation, she worked for it as a researcher assistant for three years. Her latest film "A Bite of Bone"(2021) had the grand prize for short animation at the 45th edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
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Director’s note;
There are regions scattered throughout Japan that have a tradition known as “hone kami,” or “biting the bone.” After the deceased is cremated, certain bones survive the blaze, and fragments of these are eaten as a means of making the deceased a part of oneself, and of overcoming grief and pain. I first learned of this practice as an adult, and was quite shocked by it.

As it happens, there was such a tradition among certain families in my native village. And in my own first experience with death (the death of my father), I was encouraged to eat one of his bones, but could not bring myself to do it. Still very young, I could not come to terms with and accept my father’s death. My memory of that experience is traumatic.

The bone I did not eat stayed with me, as if stuck in my throat, and I found myself unable to express the experience in words nor forget it.

Awards (27)

Grand Prize for Short Animation: 45th Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2021.10
Best of TAIS Showcase award: 15th TAIS Animation Showcase 2021, Canada, 2021.10
Best Animation Short: 29th Raindance Film Festival, UK, 2021.10
General Category Grand Prize: 7th 4K・VR Tokushima Movie Festival 2021, Japan, 2021.11
Grand Prize: 23rd DigiCon6 ASIA, Japan, 2021.11
Japan Gold: 23rd DigiCon6 ASIA, Japan, 2021.10
Gold Award (Animation Category): 27th ifva Awards, Chine, HongKong, 2022.02
Excellent Film Awards (Semi-Grand Prix): JAAP International Short Film Festival, Japan, 2021.11
A Couplet of Deep Thoughts: 1st Place: 7th Florida Animation Festival, US, 2022.06
Frame by Frame / Traditional 1st Place: 7th Florida Animation Festival, US, 2022.06
Best Short film of the International competition for youngsters from 12 y.o.: 8th Le Festival Cinéma Jeune Public, Switzerland, 2022.11
3rd ΑΝΙΜΑΤΙΟΝ MARATHON AWARD: 6th Animation Marathon, Greece, 2021.11
Best Director Award: 13rd We Like 'Em Short - Animation and Comedy Film Festival, US, 2022.08
New Face Award: 25th Japan Media Arts Festival , 2022.03
Jimury's Special Award for Short Films: 8th New Chitose Airport International Anation Festival, Japan, 2021.11
Jury's Special Nomination for Animation Week Award: 3rd Feinaki Beijing Animation Week 2021, China, 2021.12
Hokkaido Bank Award: 8th New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival, Japan, 2021.11
Parallax Award for Excellence: 12th Los Angeles Animation Festival, US, 2021.12
Audience Choice 'Star of Festival': 17th Korean Independent Animation Film Festival Indie-AniFest2021, Korea, 2021.09 Prix du Public / Audience award: 14th Paris International Animation Film Festival, France, 2022.01
Prix du Public / Audience award: 14th Paris International Animation Film Festival, France, 2022.01
Audience Favorite 1st Place: 7th Florida Animation Festival, US, 2022.06
Special Mention: 9th Prime The Animation! New Talent International Festival, Spain, 2021.10
Jury Mention: T-hort Festival, Latvia, 2022.03
Honourable Mentioned: 11th Kuandu International Animation Festival, Taiwan, 2021.10
Jury Mention: T-hort Festival, Latvia, 2022.03
Jury Award: SPECIAL MENTION: 17th GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation, Canada, 2021.11
Juror Citation - Siqi Song: 9th Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival, US, 2021.11
Special Jury Mention: 15th Big Cartoon Festival, Russian, Moscow, 2021.12

Official Selection (80)

39th Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, US, 2021.08
8th Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival
17th Korean Independent Animation Film Festival Indie-AniFest2021, Korea, 2021.09
5th Chaniartoon 2021 - International Comic & Animation Festival, Greece, 2021.09
45th Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2021.10
16th ANIMATOU International Animation Film Festival Genève, Switzerland, 2021.10
10th New York Shorts International Film Festival, US, 2021.10
15th Animest International Animation Film Festival, Romania, Bucharest, 2020.10
9th Ireland, Cork, Ireland, 2020.10
23rd DigiCon6 ASIA, Japan, 2021.10
21st Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan, 2021.10
15th TAIS Animation Showcase 2021, Canada, 2021.10
4th ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival, Azerbaijan, 2021.10
11th Kuandu International Animation Festival, Taiwan, 2021.10
18th London International Animation Festival, UK, 2021.10
29th Raindance Film Festival, UK, 2021.10
15th Big Cartoon Festival, Russian, Moscow, 2021.10
4th TIAF - Tbilisi International Animation Festival, Georgia, 2021.11
8th New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival, Japan, 2021.11
38th Chicago International Children's Film Festival, US, 2021.11
25th International Short Film Festival Winterthur (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur), Switzerland, 2021.11
25th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Canada, 2021.11
9th Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival, US, 2021.11
7th 4K・VR Tokushima Movie Festival 2021, Japan, 2021.11
28th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Poland, 2021.11
17th GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation, Canada, 2021.11
14th Piccolo Festival Animazione, Italy, 2021.11
10th Tindirindis International Animation Film, Lithuania, 2021.11
18th Animateka International Animated Film Festival, Slovenia, 2021.11
3rd Feinaki Beijing Animation Week 2021, China, 2021.12
12th Los Angeles Animation Festival, US, 2021.12
19th Bogotá Short Film Festival, Colombia, 2021.12
21st Future Film Festival, Italy, 2021.12
14th Paris International Animation Film Festival, France, 2022.01
4th Budapest Independent Film Festival, Hungary, 2022.02
18th Dam Short Film Festival, US, 2022.02
5th Melbourne Short Film Festival, Australia, 2022.02
27th ifva Awards, Chine, 2022.02
41st Brussels International Animation Film Festival, Brussels, 2022.02
26th ANIMAC International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain, 2022.03
52nd Tampere Film Festival, Finland, 2022.03
10th Animation Dingle 2022, Dublin, 2022.03
2nd T-hort Festival, Latvia, 2022.03
21st MONSTRA - Lisbon Animation Festival, Portugal, 2022.03
5th PSIAF Palm Springs Animation Festival, US, 2022.03
21st TRICKY WOMEN 2022, Austria, 2022.03
25th Japan Media Arts Festival, 2022.03
3rd Kaboom Animation Festival, Holland, 2022.04
7th GLAS Animation Festival, US, Berkeley, US, 2022.04
2nd Happy Valley Animation Festival, US, 2022.04
68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, 2022.05
10th International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh, Korea, 2022.05
Nippon Connection 22nd Japanese Film Festival, Germany, 2022.05
25th NCCC Film & Animation Festival, US, 2022.05
15th International Animation Festival Fest Anča 2022, Slovakia, 2022.07
15th ASIFA-SOUTH Animation Festival, US, 2022.07
21st New York Asian Film Festival, US, 2022.07
9th Insomnia International Animation Film Festival, Russian, 2022.07
2nd Lisbon Animation Film FestivalPortugal, 2022.07
13th Animator: International Animated Film Festival, Poland, 2020.07
12th Anibar International Animation Festival, Kosovo, 2022.07
2nd CORTOCIRCUITI Short Film Festival, Italy, 2022.07
20th Imaginaria, Italy, 2022.08
6th Animaphix International Animated Film Festival, Italy, 2022.08
2nd Animist Tallinn 2022, Estonia, 2022.08
10th La Guarimba Film Festival, Italy, 2022.08
7th Florida Animation Festival, US, 2022.06
13rd We Like 'Em Short - Animation and Comedy Film Festival, US, 2022.08
21st Countryside Animafest Cyprus 2022, Cyprus, 2022.08
7th Turku Animated Film Festival, Finland, 2020.08
46th Hong Kong International Film Festival, China, 2022.08
17h Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Japan, 2022.10
8th Le Festival Cinéma Jeune Public, Switzerland, 2022.11
Nomination: 76th Mainichi Film Awards the Animation Film Award and the Ōfuji Noburō Award, Japan, 2021.12

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