Japan's Studio Ghibli Named Asian Filmmaker of Year by Busan Fest

'Spirited Away'

The anime powerhouse, founded by Hayao Miyazaki, will be honored on its 30th anniversary, as doubts about its future persist.

Studio Ghibli, the anime hit factory co-founded by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, will be given the 2015 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award by Busan International Film Festival.

The Oscar-winning (Spirited Away in 2002) studio is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, though it remains unclear whether it will continue producing features in the wake of Miyazaki's retirement. Its last release was When Marnie Was There, which opened in Japan in July 2014 and there are no features currently confirmed as being in the pipeline. 

Busan will screen Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro Takahata’s Only Yesterday, as well as 18 other Ghibli productions in a dedicated "Spotlight on Studio Ghibli" section.

Current studio head Toshio Suzuki will be in Busan to receive the award.

Japan last won the Asian Filmmaker award in 2012, when Koji Wakamatsu was honored just weeks before being killed in a traffic accident in Tokyo.

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