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Mary and the Witch’s Flower Nominated for 41st Japan Academy Prize!

Mary and the Witch's Flower and Fireworks, plus more, have been nominated for the 41st Japan Academy Prize!

The Japan Academy Prize Association announced on Monday the nominees for the 41st annual awards. For the Animation of the Year prize, five films, two of which Madman has screened in the past year, were nominated:

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Studio Ponoc, formed by former Studio Ghibli staff, bring their first film debut with the magical family adventure, Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

While spending the summer with her great aunt, Mary follows an odd cat into the nearby woods, and stumbles upon a strange, luminescent flower. Before she knows it, Mary has released the flowers magic, and finds herself at Endor College, a school of magic, after bringing a broomstick to life.

Mary quickly discovers that there is a dangerous and sinister secret lurking beneath the school, and finds her self facing great danger, and having to make a life-changing choice.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is coming to cinemas across Australia on January 18.


The romantic fantasy movie from Studio Shaft (Madoka Magica), Fireworks, burst into Australian cinemas October 2017 and blew everyone away with it’s stunning visuals!

The story follows two teenagers, whose lives take an unusual turn when Nazuna finds a mysterious ball in the sea, and challenges Norimichi and Yusuke to a swimming race to win her favour.

Napping Princess

Student Kokone should be studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams that hint at family secrets…

Night is Short, Walk on Girl

A black haired girl is walking around the streets of Kyoto, from the night scene of Pontocho to a second-hand book fair in Shimogamo, then off to a college fair. The main character, who has romantic feelings for her, secretly follows her around and looks for the opportunities to run into her in a coincidental manner.

What awaits these two are crazy incidents caused by some rather unusual individuals.

Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter

From the classic anime series comes a new movie! When a bomb goes off at the Nichiuri TV station, Detective Conan is left to find the identity and purpose behind the incident, with the help of Heiji and Kazuha, who were saved by Conan after being trapped inside the burning building.

The Nippon Academy-Sho Association presents the Japan Academy Prizes every year. The nominees all receive “Awards of Excellence,” but the winner of the award in each category will be presented in a ceremony on March 2 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo.

Movies are eligible if they opened in Japan between December 16, 2016, and December 15, 2017.

The Animation of the Year category started 11 years ago, with past winners being The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Tekkonkinkreet, Ponyo, Summer Wars, The Secret World of Arrietty, From Up on Poppy Hill, Wolf Children, The Wind Rises, Stand By Me Doraemon and The Boy and the Beast. In This Corner of the World won the category last year.

While taking out prizes for many other films, Studio Ghibli also won overall Picture of the Year Award for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Watch Mary and the Witch's Flower in Cinemas Jan 18!

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