Entry Guidelines

Entry Period

2021.7.1-9.3

18:00 Japan Standard Time

* The submission period has ended.

Judging and Selection September 2021 to March 2022
Announcement of Award-winning Works Scheduled for March 2022
Exhibition of Award-winning Works The date and place will be announced on the website.

Entry Requirements

  • Please confirm that your entry satisfies all of the following conditions before submission.

    Entrants must own copyrights for the works they submit.
    People other than artists (copyright holders) submitting works must obtain consent from the copyright holder.

    * Please read and consent to the rules and special conditions of entry before submitting entries.

    Works may not contain the following types of content.
    ・As a public facility, the museum does not permit excessively violent expressions, sexual expressions, or any other expressions that violate public order and morals.
    ・Miraikan is unable to screen video works that seek to publicize or advertise merchandise (including corporate logos and names of merchandise) or the like; such works are ineligible for selection.
  • Already completed or released video works

    It must be possible to convert or adjust the submitted work to the prescribed format for screening at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works in the event that it wins an award.
  • Video works to be newly created for the spherical exhibitions at Miraikan (planned/unfinished works)

    The work must be created and completed in the prescribed format for screening at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works in the event that it wins an award.

    * Works submitted for the Festival Platform Award cannot be submitted for awards in the Art, Entertainment, Animation, or Manga divisions.
    Works submitted for awards in any or all of the four divisions as well as the Festival Platform Award will be declared ineligible for screening in any category.

Materials for Screening, Submissions

The submitted work will be reviewed based on both the registration information and submitted materials.
  • Common Requirements for the Geo-Cosmos Category / Dome Theater Category

    Images of works (required)

    Images and sketches that show the images to be projected.

    * Please use the designated template for the Geo-Cosmos category.

    Script (required)

    A summarization of the scenes and flow of the story.
    For music and sound effects, include the scenes and images they will be used with.

    Sample video, demo video (required)

    A video containing images of a part of the work or the finished work, a video showing the work being played back, or the like.

    * There is no restriction on the length of sample/demo videos.

    Overview of technology
    (required for application programs only)

    Write about the technical essentials, such as the process of execution (what kind of information was used to create the work, and how it was used), what software was used, use of external equipment, and system architecture.

Final productions after awards are announced

If an entry wins an award, the work must be created in either of the following formats (A: Video content, B: Application programs). Entrants who submit finished works must adjust them in order to comply with the following formats.
(Entrants who submit finished works can use the actual machinery and equipment to preview their works. Entrants wishing to do so should contact the contact person. No usage fee is required for machinery and equipment installed at Miraikan; however, entrants must bear other costs.)
  • Geo-Cosmos Category

    • Common requirements (A and B)

      Length of video work

      1-3 minutes

      * Color reproducibility and brightness
      ・In principle, entrants are free to use whatever colors they choose. However, we may make adjustments such as slightly reducing the brightness of whites to avoid screen burn on the organic EL panels. The EL panel has a part (about 600 parts) that are constantly lighted linearly (e.g. in green). The works that has large area in black may make this linearly light stand out.
      ・The characteristics of the organic EL panel devices may cause blues and other colors to change when projected onto Geo-Cosmos.
    • Requirements for A: Video content

      Submission format

      Export the video data in serialized PNG files, and submit the audio data in separate files. For details, follow the prescribed format.

      Playback of works

      Works are played on a player designed specifically for the Geo-Cosmos system. Miraikan will handle the task of recording the submitted data.

      Audio specifications

      The following acoustic environment is also available.

      Oval Bridge speaker system specifications
      Compatible format: WAV
      Channel: Two-channel stereo
      Sample rate: 48kHz
      Quantization bit rate: 24-bit
      Number of channels: Maximum of 32, transmitted through 64 speakers

    • Requirements for B: Application programs

      Submission format

      Bring a PC onto which the finished work has been installed in executable status.

      If bringing a PC poses difficulties, it is possible to rent one from Miraikan; however, it is not possible to request certain specs or models. (For more information, see “Information: Miraikan PC specs” below.) The entrant is asked to arrange the required software and configure the operating environment. Submit executable programs, required software, and other materials needed for application programs. For details, follow the prescribed format.

      For works using external equipment such as cameras or sensors, the entrant is responsible for preparing, installing, and adjusting any necessary equipment. However, please note that there are structural and operational restrictions on the installation of equipment inside the Miraikan facility. Please contact the Japan Media Arts Festival Contest Office at jmaf-fpaward@cgarts.or.jp for details or confirm them at the technology briefing.

      * Available network
      Entrants can connect their PCs to the internet via NAT.
      The connection is made available only for the domain, IP address, or port required for screening works once they are verified.
      It is not possible to connect to a PC for screening from the internet.
      Playback of works

      PCs brought by entrants will remain at Miraikan during the screening period (the duration of the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works), and Miraikan staff members will use them to execute and screen the works.

      If bringing a PC poses difficulties, the works will be screened from Miraikan PCs.

      The screening system automatically maps two-dimensional videos transmitted from the applications onto the spheres using equidistant cylindrical projection.

      * Design works so that they can be properly enjoyed no matter what time they are played back. (For example, do not submit works that can only be played at a specific time each day.)
      Miraikan PC specs

      The following are the specs of Geo-Cosmos PCs used in the past. PC rentals are provided from available reserves at Miraikan upon discussion; thus, the following specs are not guaranteed.

      OS  Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
      CPU  Intel Core i7
      GPU  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 / 8 GB
      Memory  32 GB
      Storage  500 GB (including data, logs, etc. stored/generated during operation)
      Geo-Cosmos connection type    HDMI

  • Dome Theater Category

    • Common requirements (A and B)

      Length of video work

      Approximately 3 minutes

    • Requirements for A: Video content

      Submission format

      The video data should be submitted as a movie file in dome master format. For details, follow the prescribed format explained.

      Playback of works

      Works are played on a player designed specifically for the Dome Theater.
      Miraikan will handle the task of installing the submitted data.

    • Requirements for B: Application programs

      Submission format

      Bring a PC with the execution environment configured.

      If bringing a PC poses difficulties, it is possible to rent one from Miraikan; however, it is not possible to request certain specs or models. (The OS is Windows.) The entrant is asked to arrange the required software and configure the operating environment. Submit executable programs, required software, and other materials needed for application programs. For details, follow the prescribed format explained.

      For works using external equipment such as cameras or sensors, the entrant is responsible for preparing, installing, and adjusting any necessary equipment. However, please note that there are structural and operational restrictions on the installation of equipment inside the Miraikan facility. Please contact the Japan Media Arts Festival Contest Office at jmaf-fpaward@cgarts.or.jp for details or confirm them at the technology briefing.

      * Available network
      Entrants can connect their PCs to the internet via NAT.
      The connection is made available only for the domain, IP address, or port required for screening works once they are verified.
      It is not possible to connect to a PC for screening from the internet.
      Playback of works

      PCs brought by entrants will remain at Miraikan during the screening period (the duration of the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works), and Miraikan staff members will use them to execute and screen the works.

      If bringing a PC poses difficulties, the works will be screened from Miraikan PCs.

      * Design works so that they can be properly enjoyed no matter what time they are played back. (For example, do not submit works that can only be played at a specific time each day.)

Prescribed format

  • Geo-Cosmos Category

    • Requirements for A: Video content

      Video
      • Resolution : Up to 6204×3102 (px)
      • Map projection method : Equidistant cylindrical projection
      • Frame rate : 30 fps
      • Compatible format : serialized PNG files
      Audio
      • Compatible format : WAV
      • Channel : Two-channel stereo
      • Sampling frequency : 44.1 kHz
      • Quantization bit rate: 24-bit
      • The following acoustic environment is also available.
        Oval Bridge speaker system specifications
        Compatible format: WAV
        Channel: Two-channel stereo
        Sample rate: 48kHz
        Quantization bit rate: 24-bit
        Number of channels: Maximum of 32, transmitted through 64 speakers
    • Requirements for B: Application programs

      Video
      • Video output signal: 3,840 x 2,160 30p/HDMI
      • Map projection method: Equidistant cylindrical projection (north-south stretching)
      Audio
      • Audio output signal: Two-channel stereo/analog line-level
  • Dome Theater Category

    • Requirements for A: Video content

      Video
      • Resolution: Up to 4,096 x 4,096
      • Format: Dome Master format (aspect ratio 1:1)
      • Frame rate: 30 fps or 60 fps (special conversion on export can be done for 120 fps/2D playback; consult in advance.)
      • Movie coding: Use Amateras Encoder, which is part of the freeware package Amateras Dome Player, to encode as a “high-quality without resizing” or “H.265 10-bit high-quality” profile.
      • Stereoscopic view: Both 2D/3D are possible
      • Color range: Rec.709 or Rec.2020 (the default is Rec.709)
      Audio
      • File format: Multichannel WAV
      • Sample rate: 48 kHz or 44.1 kHz
      • Quantization bit rate: 24-bit or 16-bit
      • Number of channels: Up to 8.1 channels
      • Channel mapping: There is no need to use all channels. For works in stereo, use two-channel WAV files; for 5.1-channel works, use six-channel WAV files.
        Ch 1 : L
        Ch 2 : R
        Ch 3 : C
        Ch 4 : SW
        Ch 5 : RL
        Ch 6 : RR
        Ch 7 : SL
        Ch 8 : SR
        Ch 9 : TOP
    • Requirements for B: Application programs

      Video
      • Resolution/frame rate: Up to 3,840 x 3,840/30 fps, 2,800 x 2,800/60 fps
      • Format: Dome Master format (aspect ratio 1:1)
      • Video input terminal: HDMI
      • Stereoscopic view: Both 2D/3D are possible. 3D projections are structured for transmission of independent L/R display output (dual-screen output)
      • Color range: Rec.709 or Rec.2020 (the default is Rec.709)
      Audio
      • Number of channels: Up to 7.1 channels. Structured for standard surround output from PCs
      • Audio input terminal: Conversion to analog input (line-level) connector as needed

Questions/Consultations

The Japan Media Arts Festival Contest Office will take questions and provide consultations regarding entries.
Available Period

Thursday, July 1, to Friday, September 3, 2021

* Until Friday, August 27, for technical questions and consultations

Address

Japan Media Arts Festival Contest Office

jmaf-fpaward@cgarts.or.jp