The winners of both the Audience Award and the Dublin Film Critics Circle (DFCC) Awards have been announced for the seventh Japanese Film Festival.

Audience Award for Best Film
FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS

The Audience Award is granted to the film that tops the public vote. The JFF team are delighted that our cover-star, FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS, struck a chord with Irish audiences.

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Film – UZUMASA LIMELIGHT
Best Anime – A LETTER TO MOMO

Established in 2006, The Dublin Film Critics Circle offers the country’s full-time professional movie reviewers an opportunity to pool opinions on recent releases and consider movie heritage. This year, for the third time, a jury representing the DFCC including members Daniel Anderson (Clickonline. com), Tara Brady (Irish Times), Brogen Hayes (movies.ie) and Nicola Timmins (Average Film Reviews) granted awards in two categories, Best Film and Best Anime.

This year saw the JFF expand to more cities than ever before, adding Sligo and Dundalk to its list of regular locations: Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick.

‘We are delighted at the continuing support and interest that Irish audiences have once again given to the JFF’, commented Maeve Cooke, Director of access>CINEMA, who co-organise the Festival with The Embassy of Japan. ‘The appetite for Japanese film – whether its new live action features, anime or classics from the archives – is clearly present in Irish cinema goers, and we hope JFF meets that demand’.