After launching in 2017, followed by two wildly successful iterations in 2018-19, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST is back in theaters for 2021, kicking off with celebratory 20th-anniversary screenings of esteemed director Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar®-winning feature Spirited Away. GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to continue their collaboration and deliver four timeless classics from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki and the legendary Studio Ghibli to U.S. cinemas throughout the fall with STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2021.
On the heels of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opening, which will feature a special exhibit paying tribute to the artwork of Hayao Miyazaki, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2021 highlights four beloved films by the director, including the Academy Award®-winning masterpiece Spirited Away, the Oscar®- nominated fantasy epic Howl’s Moving Castle, celebratory 35th-anniversary screenings of the steampunk adventure Castle in the Sky, and concludes with the timeless fan-favorite My Neighbor Totoro.
“Since their founding, Studio Ghibli has always wanted fans to see their works on the big screen,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “We are delighted to partner with Fathom Events to welcome Ghibli fans back to cinemas with four of the studio’s most enduring works, including a 20th-anniversary celebration of Spirited Away, one the most influential and celebrated films of all time.”
“Studio Ghibli Fest has become an annual must-do for animation fans,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “We are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with GKIDS to bring fans the unique opportunity to experience some of the best in animation in their local cinemas among a community of fellow fans.”
Each event will be shown in both original Japanese and English dubbed versions and will include exclusive bonus content. Tickets for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2021 can be purchased online beginning Friday, July 16, by visiting GhibliFest.com, FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. The ticket on-sale date may vary based on local cinemas, so please check back often. (Theaters and participants are subject to change). You can check out the full list for Studio Ghibli Fest below and head to the festival site for more details.
Spirited Away 20th Anniversary
· Sunday, October 3, 2021 (English Dubbed)
· Monday, October 4, 2021 (Japanese with Subtitles)
· Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (English Dubbed)
Howl’s Moving Castle
· Sunday, October 24, 2021, 3:00 PM (English Dubbed)
· Monday, October 25, 2021, 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
· Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)
Castle in the Sky 35th Anniversary
· Sunday, November 14, 2021 (English Dubbed)
· Monday, November 15, 2021 (Japanese with Subtitles)
· Thursday, November 18, 2021 (English Dubbed)
My Neighbor Totoro
· Sunday, December 5, 2021 (English Dubbed)
· Monday, December 6, 2021 (Japanese with Subtitles)
· Thursday, December 9, 2021 (English Dubbed)
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