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Our friends at the BFI Southbank are hosting two different opportunities for anime lovers to take part in some anime workshops and watch some great films in comfort this May with their Studio Ghibli season, and their Anime Weekend. Our roving reporters and anime addicts are going to be there to review the films just for you too – so watch this space!

Studio Ghibli Season


The BFI are hosting this much loved season on the lead up to the release of Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises and to celebrate the 30th birthday of Studio Ghibli next year. After screening some of the early classics from Studio Ghibli in April, this month the BFI bring the story up to the present day with 12 films covering different genres and styles, and from a wider pool of directing talent.

Hayao Miyazaki is known around the world for his beautiful and artistically crafted animated films, that boasts strong female leads, magical characters and captivating story-lines. The season will include screenings of Studio Ghibli classics such as Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo and The Cat Returns.

After many attempts to step down from the helm, Miyazaki announced in 2013 that The Wind Rises will be his last film as director. He leaves the studio in the hands of his son Goro, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Takahata.

See what films are on offer or book your tickets now for the Studio Ghibli Season.

Anime Weekend

Anime Weekend

This year sees the return of the BFI’s hugely popular Anime Weekend. Taking place from 16-18 May, this year’s programme boasts one UK premiere, one European premiere and will showcase some of the best anime to come out of Japan in the past two years, including Ghost in the Shell, Tiger and Bunny and Evangelion.

Whether you are a fan of anime or someone looking to satisfy their curiosity about this much loved genre, the BFI Southbank’s Anime Weekend has something for everyone. We think that this could make for an amazing anime-thon! Why not mix it up and watch some Studio Ghibli films and some Ghost in the Shell all in the same week?

See what films are on offer or book your tickets now for the Anime Weekend.


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