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ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion

We will exhibit at the Japan Pavilion of MIFA2021, the international market of Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
​June 14, 2021

We, zelicofilm, participate in the Japan Pavilion (online) of MIFA, the international market of Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which started on June 14th.
We had not been to Annecy since the year before last, when we screened "Aragne: Sign of Vermillion" at the "Midnight Special".
It was also a great experience for me.
We are behind schedule, but we hope to release information about the new film. Please wait for a while.

New Year's Greeting
​January 01, 2021

Thank you very much for your support during the past year.
Thanks to your support, in 2020, we will start the production of a new animation film "Feast of Amrita" following the animation film "ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion" (starring Kana Hanazawa), and in January, we held an art event "The World of One Person's Feature Animation: "ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion" and Saku Sakamoto Exhibition" in Shibuya, Tokyo. In August, we were able to launch the movie infomation website  "COWAI" (
We would like to thank everyone for their support.
This year, we will work even harder than last year to achieve our goals.
In spite of the severe situation of COVID-19 calamity, I would like to ask for your continued support and guidance this year.
        Osamu Fukutani,   CEO / zelicofilm,LLC


Saku Sakamoto, an animation artist who worked on the digital effects of “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” and the ending movie for the game “Tekken Tag Tournament2”. An animated movie he made alone. He has been performing five different roles for this movie: director, original author, scriptwriter, animator, and composer.
“Aragne: Sign of Vermillion” has been praised the world over as a feature animation film produced by one person, which is  unprecedented.
It was screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which is this pinnacle of animation festivals. Also it was the only Japanese film to be nominated for the feature film competition division at the World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb, which is one of the four most prominent animated film festivals in the world.
The 22nd Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, and the Taichung International Animation Film Festival in Taiwan were also very successful, with long lines of people waiting in line.
Most solo anime productions are short works of less than 30 minutes, and a full-length, 75 minute movie, particularly one of such high quality, is almost unheard of anywhere.
“Aragne: Sign of Vermillion” was released in theaters across Japan in 2018. The film stars popular Japanese voice actor Kana Hanazawa in the lead role.
Currently, he is working on " Feast of Amrita " which is a spin-off of " Aragne: Sign of Vermillion".


A massive residential building stands on the outskirts of town, on a lot that was once home to an abandoned factory. There have been many dark rumors about this place lately, about the body of a teenage girl that was found there, and about the strange supernatural incidents that some have witnessed...
A timid college girl named Rin has just moved into one of the residences in the building. One night, she sees a huge insect coming out of the arm of an old woman who’s being taken away by an ambulance. 
Curious about what she saw, she goes to a library, where she meets a folklorist named Tokiyo. From him she learns that there have been sightings of strange insects in this area in the past as well. These insects are called “Spirit Bugs”, and they have existed in secret since ancient times.  Rin is terrified, but attempts to unravel the mystery of these strange creatures for herself. But this also means coming to grips with her own past, which is locked away…
What fate awaits Rin?! And what is the terrifying truth hidden inside the building?

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Launch digital screening!

October 08, 2020

We have signed a contract with SENTAI HOLDINGS, a major American media company, to start digital screening in North America on October 9 (10/10 Japan time)!

Click here to visit Sentai Filmworks' page.

The new anime " Feast of Amrita " receives a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs

July 05, 2020

The new animated film that is in production, " Feast of Amrita " directed by Sakamoto Saku, receive a subsidy from the Agency for Cultural Affairs for fiscal 2020.

The environment surrounding video production is becoming more and more difficult, but I will do my best to make it happen.

Director greetings at Taichung International Animation Film Festival 2019!

October 18, 2019

"ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion" was officially screened at Taichung International Animation Film Festival 2019 in Taichung, Taiwan,
Director Saku Sakamoto gave a stage greeting and a question and answer session!
(Producer Fukutani participates as a photographer).


This is the first screening in Asia other than Japan!


The first of the two screenings is the night of Friday, October 18th.

Regardless of the late screening, visitors were almost full.

In the question-and-answer session after the screening, there were many unprecedented questions such as “interpretation of the scene”, and the director was eager to answer.

After the event, sign the press sheet at the venue lobby. This is also a long line.

The directors were also impressed with the impression of each piece.


The second screening of "ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion" will also be held on the afternoon of October 20th (Sunday) when the festival will be closing.

The director will also be on stage and will have a question and answer session.

It was a film festival where you can feel the popularity of anime in Taiwan, which is now more than Japan.

“ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion” was introduced “Animate” on sale!

September 28, 2019

“ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion” was introduced in the cross-review of the October issue of “Animate” on sale!
  Thank you all for the review!

[Film festival information] Slash Film Festival 2019 in Vienna

September 25, 2019

From 9/19, “ARAGNE:Sign of Vermillion” was invited and screened at the Slash Film Festival 2019 in Vienna!
slash ..Although it seems be a rather dangerous film festival (see the program carefully), Japanese non-horror movies are also screened, and other non-horror works are also screened.

[Screening will be decided at Camera Japan Festival in the Netherlands! ]

August 31, 2019

"Aragne: Sign of Vermillion" will be screened at the Camera Japan Festival 2019 in the Netherlands, introducing a variety of Japanese artwork including movies!
It will be screened on 9/27 in Rotterdam and 10/5 in Amsterdam.

Film festival program


Work introduction


【l’ Etrange Festival in Paris “New talent” will be screened!】

August 21, 2019

"Aragne: sign of vermillion" will be screened at the Nouveaux talents section of the 25th l'Etrange Festival 2019, a genre genre film festival to be held in Paris from September 4th!

Official website of the festival:
l’ Etrange Festival 2019 Noveveaux talents section

Screening will be held on September 8 (Sunday, 7:30 pm ~) and September 11 (Wednesday, 2:45 pm ~).

The second screening after Annecy in France! First screening in Paris!

In addition, the past short films “Fisherman” and “Makafushigi” directed by Saku Sakamoto will be screened!

[Thank you for selling out] The screening ticket at Annecy 2019 has been sold out!

June 11, 2019

The tickets for "ARAGNE:Sign of Vermillion" at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019 have been sold out! Also for the second screening, many visitors came in spite of the midnight start. Sakamoto Saku also made stage greetings before the screening, and the last was acclaimed.

[Breaking news] Official screening is decided at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019!

May 22, 2019

"ARAGNE:Sign of Vermillion" has been officially screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019, the world's tallest animation film festival!

It will be screened in the special program <midnight special> which will be screened carefully for the more mature audience!
Sakamoto Saku will also greet the stage!


Zagreb International Animation Film Festival 2019 Grand competition nominated!

May 06, 2019

"ARAGNE:Sign of Vermillion" was chosen for the Zagreb International Animation Film Festival 2019 feature film competition!

Annecy, Hiroshima, the world's four largest animation film festivals along with Ottawa. It is the only nomination from Japanese films!

Director Sakamoto will also participate in the film festival from 6/3!

【Breaking news】 It will be screened at the Stuttgart International Animation Film Festival!

April 06, 2019

"ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion" was decided to be officially screened at the 26th Stuttgart International Animation Film Festival!

It is a prestigious animation film festival in which"Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea" and "The Garden of Words" have won Grand Prix in the past. I am very honored!

It will be screened at the main venue, GLORIA, at 23:00 on May 4th, under the framework of the special program "Anime, Cult, Night Division".

This time is the German premiere screening.
"Cult night" seems quite scary, but I would like to know the reaction of all of Germany.
We will report again as soon as we know the details.

The Philip K. Dick Film Festival 2019, decided to be officially screened!

February 14, 2019

Philip K. Dick is the original author such as "BLADE RUNNER" "TOTAL RECALL" "MINORITY REPORT". He is also known as a renowned science fiction writer who also influenced "GHOST IN THE SHELL" "AKIRA". This film festival, bearing his name, will carefully select innovative and challenging works that are also familiar to his work world, and will be held in March and in NY and California. On Saturday, March 9, the USA Premiere will be screened at the Theater in New York.

Film festival exhibition information

November 22, 2018

Following the Satoshi Kon Award nominees, which is the highest animation prize of the Fantasia International Film Festival in July, the 19th Buenos Aires Film Festival (Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre film festival "BARS 19") and the 1st Tbilisi International Animation Film Festival , The official listing has been decided.

In Japan, from August 18 (2018), the nationwide sequential road show

August 17, 2018

This movie was distributed in Japan by Presidio, who do movies like ‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ , and it is screening nationwide from August 2018, including Cine · Lible Ikebukuro, Cine · Libre Umeda, 109 Cinemas Nagoya, Dinos Cinemas Sapporo Theater. 
 In the first day stage greetings, popular voice actors Hanazawa Kana and others entered. As an event, we held a talk show by Director Takashi Shimizu ("Grudge"), Director Norio Tsuruta ("Ring 0 Birthday"), Director Hiroyuki Kakudo ("Digimon Adventure"). In addition, Director Saku Sakamoto made an autograph session.The mysterious story has increased the number of repeaters, and has received much more than expected expectations.

World Premier at Fantasia Film Festival!

July 15, 2018

World premiere of "ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion "in Canada has ended successfully! The director was surprised at such a great success. A long row surrounding the venue. A large venue is almost full. A limited clear file for gifts has been immediately distributed as well. This is Fantasia International Film Festival ... applause after the screening was amazing. I am sincerely thankful to all the audience and film festival staff!

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