Despite being halfway around the world, the UK’s grassroots-minded Zipangu Fest is an event that we’ve been fans of and helped with coverage since its inception. This year, due to some technical issues and scheduling, it doesn’t appear there will be any VCinema presence at the festival, but the festival will still, of course, go on without us. In fact, there have already been rumblings of news about the dates, venue, and some event information for this year’s festival.
On Wednesday, August 22nd, Zipangu, in collaboration with Cigarette Burns Cinema, will be hosting a double-bill of kaiju film they’ve dubbed “Triple Creature Double Feature” at the Prince Charles Cinema in Central London. Both King Kong vs. Godzilla and Matango, Fungus of Terror will be shown and Zipangu will be announcing the full program of their autumn festival.
Preliminary information the festival will run from September 14th to the 16th at the Cinema Museum in Kennington, South London and, after this main event, the program will tour venues across the UK.
As with previous years, multiple themes will share the festival spotlight. Zipangu 2012’s particular focus will be the Japan’s Brazilian immigrant community, a diaspora which has long served as the backbone of Japan’s physical labor force. Beyond Anime is an annual Zipangu festival favorite that focuses on the wild, weird, and wonderful in independent and alternative animation. This year’s Beyond Anime will UK premieres of the latest works by Keita Kurosaka, Atsushi Wada, Masanori Tominaga, and Takashi Iitsuka.
For more information about this year’s Zipangu Fest and/or tickets to their “Triple Creature Double Feature” screening event, check out their website.