About Studio Ponoc

About Studio Ponoc

Studio Ponoc is an animation studio founded by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura to create beautiful hand-drawn, hand-painted films for families to enjoy together, and for general audiences around the world. “Ponoc” comes from the Croatian word “ponoć” meaning “midnight” or the beginning of a new day.  The studio produced and released worldwide director Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower in summer 2017 as its first animated feature film. In 2018, the studio created a new production label – “Ponoc Short Films Theatre” – releasing Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1, the first anthology of short animated films from Studio Ponoc, comprising a grand fantasy adventure (director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi), a moving human drama of love (director: Yoshiyuki Momose), and an action spectacle (director: Akihiko Yamashita), followed in 2020 by Tomorrow’s Leaves (director: Yoshiyuki Momose), a short film for the International Olympics Committee inspired by the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

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