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The winner of the Studio Ghibli competition, announced in August in the festival tabloid, is Laura Toivola. Participants were asked to create an image with the message “Happy Birthday, 25-year-old HIFF” in the spirit of the film FROM UP ON POPPY HILL.

Laura Toivola’s fresh, lively and chaotic image represents the spirit of the festival in the best possible way. HIFF and Cinema Mondo have awarded the winner with a bag full of Studio Ghibli treasures. Congratulations!

The full size image can be seen by clicking on the thumbnail below.