Fathom Events Announces Lineup for Studio Ghibli Fest 2024

Studio Ghibli Fest

Studio Ghibli fans rejoice! It’s that time of year again to be able to see some of your favorites on the big screen.

If you’re still riding the high from Hayao Miyazaki winning the Oscar for his latest, The Boy and the Heron, Fathom Events has you covered. Now in its seventh year, Fathom Events is yet again partnering with GKIDS and doing Studio Ghibli Fest, for what they call the biggest year yet.

Starting April 27, this year’s festival has a lineup of 14 total titles that are going to be broadcast in movie theatres. Each film will have the option for original Japanese and English dubbed, and will have special extra content as well. I’m a huge Ghibli fan, and there’s nothing like seeing these films on the big screen. According to the press release, last year they “broke box office records with the first-ever nationwide retrospective of director Hayao Miyazaki’s works.”

First up is the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. The lineup includes anniversary specials for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (40th anniversary), Howl’s Moving Castle (20th anniversary), Kiki’s Delivery Service (25th anniversary), When Marnie Was There (10th anniversary), and Pop Poko‘s 30th anniversary.

a man covered in black feathers holds onto a young girl with grey hair
Howl’s Moving Castle. Image courtesy Fathom Events.

My favorite of all the Ghibli movies has to be Howl’s Moving Castle, and as with all Ghibli movies, I come away from each viewing with something new to think about. Miyazaki is recognized for his in-depth female characters, and this is no different. Inspired by Diana Wynn Jones’ novel of the same name, the themes of love beyond boundaries and seeing beyond looks speak to my heart. 

“Last year, millions of people had the magical experience of seeing Studio Ghibli on the big screen,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt in the press release. “Whether audiences are seasoned fans celebrating the milestone anniversary titles, or just discovering Studio Ghibli after Hayao Miyazaki’s latest Oscar win, we are pleased to partner again with Fathom Events to provide this special opportunity for fans nationwide to see these animated masterworks the way the studio wants them to be seen.”

Tickets went on sale March 22, 2024, and can be purchased at either the Fathom Events website or at GhibliFest.com. Additionally, Hot Topic (they are still around!) is offering a 25% discount if you show your Studio Ghibli Fest ticket stub.

The full schedule is below:

  • Spirited Away: April 27 – May 1
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: May 19 and 21
  • Castle in the Sky: May 20 and 22
  • The Secret World of Arrietty: June 9 & 11
  • When Marnie Was There: June 10 & 12
  • Princess Mononoke: July 13 – 17
  • Ponyo: August 3 – 7
  • Whisper of the Heart: August 25 & 27
  • The Cat Returns: August 26 & 28
  • Howl’s Moving Castle: September 26 – October 3
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service: October 26 – 30
  • Pom Poko: November 24 & 26
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya: November 25 & 27
  • My Neighbor Totoro: December 7 – 11

Which Ghibli movie is your favorite?

Let us know.

(via Press Release)

Author: Angie Fiedler Sutton

Angie Fiedler Sutton is a writer, podcaster, and all-round fangirl geek. She has been published in Den of Geek, Stage Directions, LA Weekly, The Mary Sue, and others.

She also produces her own podcast, Contents May Vary, where she interviews geeky people about geeky things. You can see all her work (and social media channels) at angiefsutton.com.

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