About This Award

Organizations in liaison with the Japan Media Arts Festival call for new exhibition plans that utilize the characteristics of its facilities and award brilliant works. The awarded works will be shown during the term of Exhibition of Award-winning Works.

Call for Entries in 25th Festival

In 25th festival, there will be an open call for a work to be shown on the Globe-like display at Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
To be eligible for entry, works must satisfy all of the following conditions.

  • Works for spherical surfaces or domes
  • Video works, or application programs capable of real-time video creation that can be projected onto a screen

Works submitted for the Festival Platform Award cannot be submitted for awards in the Art, Entertainment, Animation, or Manga divisions.

Spherical Exhibitions at Miraikan

  • Miraikan has two spherical video systems. The first is Geo-Cosmos, a spherical display and the museum’s signature exhibition. The second is Dome Theater GAIA, equipped with a full-dome 3D video system.
    Geo-Cosmos and Dome Theater GAIA are identical in the systems that they are both designed for spherical video images. The only difference between the two is the “viewpoint”, that one is designed to be viewed from the outside of the sphere, and the other is designed to be viewed from the inside. The globe-like display enables viewers to change a viewpoint, which affects the way they interpret and experience the content. With Geo-Cosmos, viewers are free to choose a viewpoint, and to move around as they experience looking at the outside of the sphere. On the other hand, Dome Theater GAIA has a feature that viewers sit in a fixed position to experience a sense of immersion surrounded by video and sound.
    Looking forward to seeing expressions taking advantage of those differences, the festival calls for a work in the two categories, “Geo-Cosmos Category” and “Dome Theater Category.”

    What is Geo-Cosmos?
    Geo-Cosmos is the signature exhibition of Miraikan. Geo-Cosmos originated from former astronaut and the first Chief Executive Director MOHRI Mamoru’s desire to share the glittering appearance of Earth as viewed from space with as many people as possible. Because viewers can see the same video images from several different angles, and there is no single “front” or “head-on” view, the video image platform is free of the restrictions of two-dimensional video, and opens up an endless range of video expression.

    What is Dome Theater GAIA?
    Dome Theater GAIA is a spherical video system that can project full-dome images in 4K resolution in both 2D and 3D onto a dome-shaped screen with a diameter of 15.24 m and 23° angle of inclination.

Video Image Concept

  • Sharing a New World: Reflecting the Current State of Our World

    While facing various challenges in modern society, all humans who exist today are sharing a common point in time, like the crew of the same ship. We welcome amazing works that will allow viewers to intimately feel the connection between the world and themselves by realistically depicting the current state of the world as it takes the first steps toward a sustainable future. We encourage you to take advantage of the defining characteristic of the displays of the Miraikan—their spherical shape—to depict the world that unfolds around us without dividing it into sections, and to pioneer the expression of new viewpoints that change our global awareness.


  • Festival Platform Award

Geo-Cosmos CategoryCertificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen
Dome Theater CategoryCertificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen


  • Geo-Cosmos Category

    For this category, we solicit video works and application programs designed for screening and viewing from multiple viewpoints on Geo-Cosmos, the signature exhibition of Miraikan. Entries may be either proposals, unfinished works, or already completed works.

    Reference Material: Geo-Cosmos Technical Documentation

    You can see the works that won the past Geo-Cosmos Content Contest organized by Miraikan
  • Dome Theater Category

    For this category, we solicit video works and application programs designed for screening in Dome Theater GAIA at Miraikan. Entries may be either proposals, unfinished works, or already completed works.

    Reference Material: Dome Theater GAIA Technical Documentation

Screening Criteria

ConceptDoes the work capture and incorporate the video image concept?
ExpressionIs the video expression polished and aesthetically pleasing?
TechnologyDoes the work account for the respective characteristics of Geo-Cosmos or the Dome Theater?
OriginalityDoes the work incorporate the artist’s distinct viewpoint in an appealing way?
ViabilityCan the work be completed in a manner suited to the designated format?