On July 30, at the 27th annual Fantasia International Film Festival, The First Slam Dunk anime film won the Axis: Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation for best-animated feature film.
At the same event, the SAND LAND anime film also won a special jury mention in the same category.
The festival started on July 20 and will end on August 9 in Montreal.
The Axis: Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation honors animation excellence in the animated movie category.
Nadim Zaidi, Aki Takabatake, and Arizona O’Neil were on the jury this year.
About Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk manga adaptation film, The First Slam Dunk, the jury states that the film is a gem that enriches the experience of an existing franchise and at the same time remains easy to watch for those who don’t know about the franchise.
The film ranked #1 on its opening weekend in December, selling 847,000 tickets and earning 9.50 million USD in Japan.
At the 46th annual Japan Academy Film Prizes, it also received the Animation of the Year award.
The film’s producer, Toshiyuki Matsui, won the general award for the Film Theater Culture Association’s 42nd annual Fujomoto Awards.
As of July 23, the film has earned 105.3 million USD and is the 14th highest-earning film of all time in Japan. And is the eighth-highest-earning anime film in Japan.
SAND LAND premiered at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on July 22. On August 18, TOHO Animation will bring the film to theaters and have IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D screenings in Japan.
SAND LAND is based on Akira Toriyama’s manga of the same name.
It started serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from May 2000 to August 2000.