Ghent Film Fest to feature anime

To fete Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata

LONDON -- This year's Ghent Film Festival will draw on the output of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli with the Belgium event playing host to a retrospective from the Studio's founder directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

Organizers said Wednesday the retrospective will reflect this year's Asia theme for the festival, which runs Oct. 6 - 17. It also ties in with the anime exhibition held at The Carmelite Friary -- Provincial Center of Art and Culture.

Isao and Hayao founded the studio in 1985 to make animated movies for the big screen. Miyazaki's movies include "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle."

The Ghent Film Festival will include "Spirited Away" and "Howl's" as well as "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea," from Miyazaki, as well as "Pom Poko" by Isao Takahata, "The Cat Returns" by Hiroyuki Morita and "Tales from Earthsea" by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's son.