The Animation Workshop has announced the NipponNordic awards’ winners during an official ceremony held in Viborg, on Friday 29th of September, 2017.

NipponNordic Universe Accelerator 2017 is a 3-week artist residency of skill-up training and cooperation between Japan and Denmark, in the framework of the big event Kawaii & Epikku: the largest show in Denmark about anime, manga and transmedia content. Hosted by The Animation Workshop, 16 artists have been selected to develop worlds and original concepts, in Viborg, Denmark, from September 11 to 29, 2017.

On the last day of the residency (September 29, 2017), during Viborg Animation Festival (VAF), the participants got the opportunity to pitch their concepts in front of a jury of high-level professionals from both territories, advising them
on the best ways to reach the market and get into production.

Among the 15 projects presented during the Pitch Day, 4 of them have been rewarded.

NNUA_Logo_Red_300ppi_whiteBGThe best projects awarded will get the chance to go on with their development through additional residencies and to access pitching sessions in major festivals and partner-events throughout Europe and Asia such as Annecy MIFA, Sunny Side of the Doc, Cartoon Connection Asia, Japan Content Showcase.

Supported by the Danish Business Authority and Nordisk Film Foundation, NipponNordic Universe Accelerator has been grateful to gather an outstanding Jury composed by Naz Cuevas from SYBO Games, Asuka Yamazaki from AT-X, Hiroki Omae from Unity, Mikkel Weider from Nordisk Film Games, Denis Ferrier from Bandai Namco, Yuji Furuya from Dentsu and lead by Tommy Andreasen from LEGO.

These experts decided to reward the most promising projects of the program.

The Open Workshop Award was received by Louise Linea Gauhl Bentsen, for the animated TV series “The Paradise Garden“. She will get a residency at the Open Workshop to go on the development of her project.
The Arsenalet Incubation Award went to Tomas Anker Præstholm for the Video Game “Flora Ignota“. He will join the incubator in Arsenalet to be helped on the development of his story.
▪ The Annecy International Animation Festival Award was given to Julia Ai Sai & Nicolas Guarin for the animated series “Kirinko“. They will get the opportunity to pitch their project during the Annecy’s festival, next June 2018.

The Sunny Side of the Doc Award went to Xinxin Liu for the animated TV/Web series “Toto’s house”.
She will be invited to pitch her project during the event, in the Digital Creation pitching session, on June 25-28, 2018 in La Rochelle, France.



Xinxin Liu

Born in DaLian, China, 1989. Xinxin graduated from China Academy of Arts, Department of Animation in 2012; and then from Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Department of Animation in 2016. She currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

Toto’s House [8-12 years old, 12 and up]
Animated TV series/Web series

Visitors designed based on the painting goes to the house of TOTO and his dog HUGE, and some stupid and strange stories happen. Characters from famous paintings visit the house of Toto and his dog HUGE. Absurdity follows.




All the participants got a certificate of completion, for following the 3-weeks program.

The organizers have been honored to welcome the brilliant lecturers Claus Toksvig from NØrlum, Naz Cuevas from SYBO Games, Masaharu Inaba, Martina Longueira from Sanrio, Tommy Ipsen from World for Story, Mathieu Muller from Unity, Alexandre Mandryka from Game Whispering, Hiromichi Masuda, Yosuke Asama from TOEI Animation, Jessica Laurent from The Animation Workshop, and as advisors and partners, Géraldine Baché from CITIA, Irem Couchouron from Sunny Side of the Doc.