Call for entries – The 19th Japan Media Arts Festival – deadline 9 September 2015

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts that honors outstanding works in the four divisions of Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga, as well as providing a platform for appreciation of the works that have won awards.

Since its inception in 1997, the festival has recognized significant works of high artistry and creativity and in addition to a yearly Exhibition of Award-winning Works has held other events, such as symposiums, screenings, and showcases.

The call for entries for the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival starts from Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent and commercial creators from across the globe. Works completed or released between September 3, 2014 and September 9, 2015 are eligible for entry in the four divisions – Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga.

Through a rigorous judging process by a 5-member jury for each division, Award-winning Works will then be selected based on their artistic quality and creativity. In late November, we will announce the winners of the Grand Prizes, Excellence Awards, New Face Awards and Special Achievement Awards, as well as other Jury Selections. Award-winners will receive prizes from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will be held at the National Art Center, Tokyo from February 3 to 14, 2016.

For the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2015, we received a very large response – a total of 3,853 entries from 71 countries and regions. In the Entertainment and Manga Division, we received the highest number of entries in the history of the festival. In the Entertainment Division alone, the number of international entries increased by 40% over last year. The Japan Media Arts Festival is demonstrating its continuing evolution as an international festival that turns its gaze towards the increasingly diverse expression forms of our present age.

Award winners will receive opportunities to exhibit their work at numerous festivals both in Japan and around the world.

We look forward to a variety of works with a wide range of expression of Media Arts, including interactive art, video, games, web, animation and manga.

Entry Period:
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – Wednesday, September 9, 2015 (18:00 Japan Standard Time)
(Late entries will not be accepted.)

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