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Howl's Moving Castle
Manga for kids, manga for adults, manga for animation enthusiasts, manga for anybody who's missed out on the manga craze and would like to see some of the classics of the genre.

Palace Centro Cinema will screen the Pop-up Manga Film Festival for a month over June and July, showing some of Japan's best-known animated movies on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.

With cult followings all over the world, manga movies are a complex art form, with renowned directors and often extraordinarily beautiful animation.

One of the most famous is Howl's Moving Castle, which will open the festival on Friday 21 June. Directed by manga master Hayao Miyazaki, this is a stunningly illustrated tale of a young woman who is turned into a hag by a vengeful witch, and her quest to return to her original form with the help of the inhabitants of a young wizard's castle. One of the most successful Japanese films of all time, it's widely regarded as a manga classic.

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Another of Miyazaki's works, Spirited Away, will also feature in the Friday night screenings. This one tells the tale of a 10-year-old girl who must navigate a world of spirits and monsters to save herself and her parents. Other Friday nighters include From up on Poppy Hill, Nausicaa of the Välley of the Wind, and the well-known 2011 movie, Arrietty (based on the Borrowers books by English author Mary Norton).

G-rated Arrietty will also feature in the Saturday-afternoon family program, which runs through the winter school holidays and beyond. Other kids' offerings include Laputa: Castle in the Sky, in which a young girl (voiced by Anna Paquin) battles others to find a legendary floating castle. And a more left-of-field offering is Kiki's Delivery Service, about a young witch trying to make a living in the big city by using her broom stick to run a delivery service (!).

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Spirited Away
Check out the Palace webpage to see the full program of films. In addition to the screenings, the Palace is promising interactive activities and displays for both kids and adults.

While most of the manga films on show have already been fairly widely distributed, this is a good opportunity to see them on a big screen that can do them justice. And with tickets only $10 for adults and $8 for children, this is an affordable, as well as fun, festival.

I have three family passes to the Saturday sessions and five double passes to the Friday night sessions to give away.

To enter, send me an email to with 'Manga manga manga' in the subject line. Tell me your name and mobile number, whether you want a family or adult pass, and which cinema is screening the Pop-up Manga Festival. For adult passes, bonus points if you can tell me the name of your favourite manga movie and why you love it.

The competition for the family passes closes 6pm Thursday 27 June. The competition for the adult passes closes 6pm Thursday 4 July.

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Update July 4th 2013
Winners of adult passes have also been notified now. I really loved hearing all about your favourite manga movies -- clearly Brisbane has lots of manga enthusiasts. Stay tuned and keep reading for my next competition -- perfect for anybody who likes foreign films!
Update June 27th 2013
The competition for the family passes has now closed, and the winners have been notified. Thanks to all who entered, especially for telling me about your favourite manga films and what they mean to you. I hope lots of you get along to the festival.
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Why? To catch some manga classics
When: Fridays 8.45pm and Saturdays 12 noon from 21 June to 27 July
Phone: 3852 4488
Where: Palace Centro, 39 James Street, New Farm
Cost: $10 adults, $8 children
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