Eiko Meredith


Eiko studied English and International Studies at the Hiroshima City University (HCU), and began volunteering at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, where she was later promoted to part-time staff.Inspired by watching Wallace and Gromit in a local cinema she decided to study in the UK, where she completed a course on Stop-Motion Animation at the UWE, Bristol. Upon returning to Japan, she split her time between lecturing in Animation at both Hiroshima International University and Hiroshima Arts Vocational School whilst also teaching English.

Moving to the UK in 2008, work took priority with projects including Shaun the Sheep (Aardman Animation, 2008), Zoo Factor (Calon TV, 2009), and Frankenweenie (Tim Burton, 2011). Eiko is currently working on her own stop-motion short film called “Looking for a Star”

Eiko missed having a local animation festival in the South Wales so much that in 2010 she set up the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, the only annual Japanese-themed animation festival in Wales. The festival is growing every year, and offers a great selection of films, and features high-profile guests from the Japanese animation industry, such as the award-winning animator, Yuichi Ito; the creator and director of the internationally famous character Domo, Tsuneo Goda; and one of the best stop-motion animators who actually animates Domo, Hirokazu Minegishi. Kotatsu Festival continues to bring the best of Japanese Animation to the UK.

Eiko-san will be holding talks on the Saturday and Sunday about the History of Japanese Animation and the 'Kotatsu film festival'. There will be screenings of the oldest Japanese animation known to date and a causal introduction to Anime before Anime!