The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (=Media Geijutsu) 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. For the 18th festival, we received a number of 3,853 works from 71 countries and regions. The Japan Media Arts Festival is clearly continuing to evolve into an 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

Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee


AOYAGI Masanori
[Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan]

Operating Committee

AOKI Tamotsu
[Director General, The National Art Center, Tokyo]
[Animation Artist]
[President, Kyoto City University of Arts]

Jury Member

Art Division


MIWA Masahiro [Composer and Professor, Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Science (IAMAS)]
OKABE Aomi [Art Critic]
SATOW Morihiro [Professor of Visual Culture Studies, Kyoto Seika University]
TAKATANI Shiro [Artist]
UEMATSU Yuka [Curator, The National Museum of Art, Osaka]


Entertainment Division


HIGASHIIZUMI Ichiro [Designer and Creative Director]
IIDA Kazutoshi [Game Creator and Professor, Digital Hollywood University]
KUBOTA Akihiro [Artist and Professor, Tama Art University]
UKAWA Naohiro [Genzai (Contemporary) Artist and Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design and Representative, DOMMUNE]
YONEMITSU Kazunari [Game Designer and Professor, Ritsumeikan University]


Animation Division


KOIDE Masashi [Animation Researcher and Professor, Tokyo Zokei University]
MORIMOTO Koji [Animation Director]
OHI Fumio [Animation Artist]
TAKAHASHI Ryosuke [Animation Director]
WADA Toshikatsu [Animation Artist]


Manga Division


INUKI Kanako [Manga Artist and Guest Professor, Osaka University of the Arts]
ITO Go [Manga Critic and Associate Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University]
SAITO Nobuhiko [Editor and Manga Researcher]
SUGAYA Mitsuru [Manga Artist and Professor, Kyoto Seika University]
YAMADA Tomoko [Manga Researcher]

Selection Members

Art Division


[Media Artist and Lecturer, Sapporo Otani University]
KUDO Takeshi
[Curator, Aomori Museum of Art]
MATSUI Shigeru
[Poet and Associate Professor, Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts]
NAKAO Tomomichi
[Curator, Fukuoka Asia Art Museum]
[Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo]
[Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Vision]
[Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa]

Images from the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, 2013