Entry Guidelines

Entry Period

2020.8.3-10.20

18:00 Japan Standard Time

* The submission period has ended.

Judging and Selection October 2020 to March 2021
Announcement of Award-winning Works Scheduled for March 2021
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

    Works must be completed or released between Saturday, November 30, 2019 and Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

    * Works completed, changed, renewed, presented or released during the above period are eligible for entry.
    * Note that works submitted for the Festival Platform Awards cannot be submitted for awards in the Art, Entertainment, Animation, or Manga categories. Works submitted for awards in any or all of these four categories as well as the Festival Platform Awards may be declared ineligible for selection for both.

    It must be possible to convert or adjust the submitted work to the prescribed format for screening at 24th 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 Exhibitions of Award-winning Works for 24th festival in the event that it wins an award.

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) and what software was used.

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

      50-70 seconds

      *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 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.

      *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.
      *Works that require equipment or the like in addition to the facilities listed above are not eligible for jury screening.
      Playback of works

      PCs brought by entrants will remain at Miraikan during the screening period (the duration of the exhibition of award-winning works at the 24th festival), 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

      Submit the video data in two separate files: a video file and an audio file. 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.

      *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.
      *Works that require equipment or the like in addition to the facilities listed above are not eligible.
      Playback of works

      PCs brought by entrants  will remain at Miraikan during the screening period (the duration of the exhibition of award-winning works at the 24th festival), 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

Technology Briefing

The briefing will be held to explain technology for creating videos for the Geo-Cosmos and the Dome Theater.
* The briefing will be conducted only in Japanese.
Location

Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Date/Time

September 9, 2020 (Wed.)
Part Ⅰ  Geo-Cosmos    19:00~20:00
PartⅡ Dome Theater   20:00~21:00

Description

The briefing is centered on a demonstration by Miraikan staff members to explain the characteristics of the Geo-Cosmos and Dome Theater projection systems while screening the Geo-Cosmos and Dome Theater content.
Additionally, we will accept questions in advance from people considering entering the contest, and provide the answers and demo screenings as necessary at the briefing. We plan to post the answers to these questions along with the entry requirements.

Period for submitting questions: August 3 to August 28, 2020
Contact: Japan Media Arts Festival Contest Office, jmaf-fpaward@cgarts.or.jp

Application Method

Applications must be submitted in advance.
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