About Japan Media Arts Festival
The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (=Media Geijyutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media- from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. It also provides a platform for appreciation of the award-winning and other notable works. 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. Last year the 15th Festival received a record 2,714 entries from 57 countries and regions around the world, demonstrating its continuing evolution as an established annual international festival.
Award-winning works are exhibited both within Japan and abroad through various projects and events organized by The Agency of Cultural Affairs which aims to promote the creation, development and understanding/awareness/appreciation of Media Arts.
Organizer Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee
KONDO Seiichi [Commissioner for Cultural Affairs]
AOKI Tamotsu [Director, The National Art Center, Tokyo]
HAMANO Yasuki [Professsor, Tokyo University of Technology]
TATEHATA Akira [President, Kyoto City University of Arts]
HARA Kenya [Graphic Designer]
KAMIYA Yukie [Chief Curator, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art]
[Composer / Professor, Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Science (IAMAS)]
OKABE Aomi [Art Critic]
TAKATANI Shiro [Artist]
ITO Gabin [Editor, Creative Director]
IWATANI Toru [Game Creator / Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University]
KUBOTA Akihiro [Artist / Professor, Tama Art University]
NAKAMURA Yugo [Interface Designer / tha ltd.]
TERAI Hironori [Creative Director]
FURUKAWA Taku [Animation Artist]
HIKAWA Ryusuke [Anime Critic]
OSHII Mamoru [Film Director]
WADA Toshikatsu [Animation Artist / Adjunct Professor, Tokyo Zokei University]
ITO Go [Manga Critic / Associate Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University]
MINAMOTO Taro [Manga Artist]
SAITO Nobuhiko [Editor, Manga Researcher]
TAKEMIYA Keiko [Manga Artist / Professor, Kyoto Seika University]
YAMADA Tomoko [Manga Researcher]
Thursday, Jury 12 － Thursday, September 20, 2012
Period for Gathering Public Recommendation: Jury 12－August 23, 2012
October to November, 2012
Announcement of Award-winning Works
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Exhibition of Award-winning Works
Wednesday, February 13 - Sunday, February 24, 2013
The National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi)
(additional venues TBA)
The Four Divisions (Art, Entertainment, Animation, Manga)
Works created with new media and digital technologies. Interactive art, media installations, video works, digital photographs, graphic art, web-based works, media performances, etc.
Entertainment works created with digital technologies. Games (video games, online games, etc.), video works (music videos, advertising films, computerized special effects videos, etc.), gadgets (including figurines), websites (including advertisements), application software, etc.
Animated feature films, animated short films, animated TV series, animated series or films released in home-video formats, etc.
Comics published in book form, comics published in a magazine (including works still being serialized), comics published online (for computer or mobile), self-published comics, etc.
*Professional, amateur, independent, and commercial works are all eligible for submission.
・Works must be completed or released between Friday, September 23, 2011 and Thursday, September 20, 2012.
*Please check to see if the work fits the above timeframe.
*Works that were renewed, changed, completed, presented or released during the above time period are eligible for submission.
*While there is no limit on the number of submissions made, the same work may not be submitted to multiple divisions.
・The entrant must hold the copyright to the submitted work. If the work is submitted by a representative, permission from the copyright holder is required.
For each division, one Grand Prize, four Excellence Awards, and three New Face Awards will be awarded on the basis of artistic quality and creativity. In addition, a Special Achievement Award will be awarded upon the recommendation of the Jury to a person or group having made a special contribution to Media Arts in the four specified divisions.
Certificate from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Trophy; 600,000 Japanese Yen
Certificate from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Trophy; 300,000 Japanese Yen
New Face Award:
Certificate from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Trophy; 200,000 Japanese Yen
Special Achievement Award:
Certificate from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Trophy
* Other outstanding works will be selected by the Jury as Jury Selections.