Launching on 25th May 2020, Screen Anime is a brand new online film festival from Anime Limited offering a curated selection of four films, one bingeable TV series and many more unique benefits each month for only £3.98/mo or for a reduced £39.98/yr.

Open and welcome to all, Screen Anime will represent an ideal opportunity for those new to the medium to discover quality hand-picked anime, while committed fans can enhance their experience by exploring extra features and much more.

Screen Anime is the next evolution of Anime Limited’s vision to bring the best of Japanese animated films to audiences across the UK & Ireland, following years of experience leading the genre both in cinemas and at home.

Andrew Partridge, CEO of Anime Limited explains the inspiration of Screen Anime; “Ever since founding the annual Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival, showcasing the best in theatrical anime has been a passion for me but how to keep doing that during this ongoing global situation we find ourselves in? The answer was to take the film festival experience online and at the same time address a gap we recognise from fan feedback in how theatrical anime is released to date.”

Members will be the guests to everything a film festival has to offer, from hotly anticipated premieres like the wild action sci-fi “PROMARE”, to opportunities to explore anime’s expansive history with classics like “Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise”.

New to anime? Then you can enjoy a shortcut to proven festival favourites like the upside-down fantasy world of “Patema Inverted”, while anime aficionados can heighten their experience with exclusive bonus content including “PROMARE”’s prequel short “Side Story: Lio”, or an interview with “Penguin Highway” author Tomihiko Morimi.

For only £3.98/mo (or £39.98/yr), you can get the film festival experience at home, whilst supporting the creators in Japan. Fans who buy an annual Festival Pass will also receive a physical membership card that can unlock exclusive benefits like discounts on Anime Limited’s online store, at future conventions and more! Andrew Partridge expands on this with, “There are so many ideas we are excited at bringing to folks through Screen Anime over the coming months and I for one can’t wait to talk about them!”

Screen Anime is also committed to building a welcoming community open to fans of anime and complete newcomers with events like weekly watch-alongs and more to come! Join us on Twitter from 7:30pm on Thursday 28th May as we try and solve the cute mystery of Penguin Highway with #ScreenAnimeParty

MAY LINEUP
(Available from launch until 21st June 2020)

PROMARE (PREMIERE) – CERT 12
Leave your brain at the door and get caught up in the wild ride of Galo Thymos in this over-the-top action fest of vibrant colours and giant robots – PROMARE has it all. 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
BONUS: Side Story Lio – a 10-minute prequel short about Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish.

PENGUIN HIGHWAY – CERT 12
When cute penguins start waddling into a rural Japanese town, it piques the interest of the ever-curious schoolkid Aoyama in this cute, Studio Ghibli-esque coming-of-age story with dashes of science fiction. 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
BONUS: Interview with the original author Tomihiko Morimi.

PATEMA INVERTED – CERT PG
Fall into the sky with the sheer escapism of a topsy-turvy fantasy that will challenge your perceptions. Winner of the 2013 Scotland Loves Anime Jury and Audience Awards.
BONUS: Alternate angles.

ROYAL SPACE FORCE: THE WINGS OF HONNÊAMISE – CERT 15
Blast off to new frontiers with this landmark feature in anime history, whose English dub features the voice of Bryan Cranston in this debut work of Gainax, the iconic studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion.
BONUS: Bonus content TBC

TV SERIES – TBC
A full TV series will also be available as part of the festival – at time of going to press the title is TBC – details to follow.

ScreenAnime will be available in the UK & Ireland via your web browser. Apps for TVos, iOS, Android & Amazon will follow over the coming months.

Join the curated online anime anime film festival like no other – try your three day free trial from 25th May at screenanime.com

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Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.

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