Mary and The Witch’s Flower

WITH DIRECTOR Q&A

Animation is Film is proud to present the debut film from Studio Ponoc, the ambitious new Japanese animation house founded by two-time Academy Award-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, whose reunion with fellow Academy Award-nominated, Studio Ghibli director Hiromasa Yonebayashi points towards an exciting future.


Meet Your Makers

  • Hiromasa Yonebayashi

    Hiromasa Yonebayashi

    MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER Born in 1973 in Ishikawa-ken, Japan, Hiromasa Yonebayashi studied design at the Kanazawa College of Art. During college, he worked part-time drawing caricatures and working on animation for television commercials. In 1996 Yonebayashi joined Studio Ghibli and worked as an animator on Princess Mononoke (1997) and My Neighbors the Yamadas […]
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  • Yoshiaki Nishimura

    Born in Tokyo, 1977. Founder, Studio Ponoc. In 2002, Nishimura joined Studio Ghibli after returning from his studies in the United States. He was involved in the promotions of Howl’s Moving Castle (2002), Tales from Earthsea (2006) and Ponyo (2008).
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