Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch’s film opened on November 18 in Los Angeles for its one-week Oscar-qualifying run, and furthermore screened in New York. Sony Pictures Classics started screening The Red Turtle in more North American theaters beginning on January 20.
The film has likewise been assigned for an Annie Award in the Best Animated Feature – Independent class. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) assigned the film in the Best Animated Feature class for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, however, Zootopia won the honor.
The executive’s “Dad and Daughter” short won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2001. The Red Turtle is de Wit’s first element film.
Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast, Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There, and the religious anime film The Laws of the Universe Part 0 were submitted for selections a year ago, yet just When Marnie Was There was assigned.