'Tekkon' takes Grand Prix at Anima


BRUSSELS -- Japanese anime title "Tekkon Kinkreet" has won the Grand Prix for best feature at Brussels' Anima international cartoon festival.

Directed by Michael Arias, "Tekkon Kinkreet" was adapted from "Black and White," a manga series originally published in 1993 and 1994. The story takes place in the fictional city of Takara Machi and centers on two street kids: the tough, canny Kuro and the childish Shiro.

The film beat out "Nocturna" by Spanish directors Victor Maldonado and Adrian Garcia, Magnus Carlsson's Swedish film "Desmond and the Marsh Monster," French/German/Polish co-production "Little King Macius" and Italian co-production "El Arca," directed by Argentina's Juan Pablo Buscarini.

The festival also premiered out-of-competition title "Fear(s) of the Dark," directed by six different animators, including Charles Burns, Blutch, Marie Caillou and Richard McGuire. Meanwhile, "The Tale of How," by South African collective the Blackheart Gang, won the Grand Prize for best short animation.

Nearly 800 films were submitted to Anima this year and more than 100 short movies eventually took part in the international competition.

For the first time, the competition also included prizes for music videos and commercials. British efforts won both new categories, with Corin Hardy winning for his video for the Horrors' song "She's the New Thing" and Marc Craste getting the nod for the Lloyds TSB commercial "For the Journey."