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Call for Entries for the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival (with Awards)

Call for Entries for the 15th Japan Media Arts FestivalDeadline:  22 September 2011

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This is the 15th year since the was first held in 1997.
The festival is organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, with the aim of promoting the creation and development of media arts (comic, animation, ).
The call is for entries in four divisions, Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga, and is open to entries from anywhere in the world. The Agency will award a and a number of other awards at the festival, and the winning works will also be exhibited.
Last year saw 1951 entries from Japan and 694 from elsewhere (48 countries and regions) and more than 70,000 visitors attended the exhibition of award-winning works. The festival has grown into an event that attracts wide attention both in Japan and around the world.
The application period has now been officially set. Applications for entry will be accepted from Friday, July 15 through Thursday, September 22, 2011. After entries are judged, an exhibition of award-winning works will be held at the National Art Center, Tokyo from Wednesday, February 22 through Sunday, March 4 , 2012.


Outline

■ Application period :
From Friday, July 15, 2011. Application must arrive on or before Thursday, September 22, 2011

■ Entry Divisions:

Art Division
Artwork created with computers or other electronic devices.
Interactive art, media installations, video works, digital photographs, graphic art, website works, etc.

Entertainment Division
Entertainment created with computers or other electronic devices.
Games (including web games and social network games), video works (music videos, publicity films including TV commercials, digital special effects videos), toys (including figures), character merchandise, website works (including advertisements, etc.), application software, etc.

Animation Division
Theatrical animation, TV animation, independent animation, animated short films, etc.

Manga Division
Manga published in book form, in magazines (including works still being serialized), produced independently and in small private magazines, on websites (PC/mobile), etc.

■ Awards
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 will be awarded on the recommendation of the jury to a person having made a special contribution to media art in four specified divisions.

Grand Prize
Certificate from Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Trophy 600,000 Japanese Yen


Certificate from Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Trophy 300,000 Japanese Yen

New Face Award:
Certificate from Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Trophy 200,000 Japanese Yen

Special Achievement Award
Certificate from Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Trophy
Jury Selection Works considered to have special merit will be exhibited or screened along with the award-winning works at international media art and Film Festivals in Japan Division and abroad.

■ What is the Japan Media Arts Festival?
The Agency for Cultural Affairs has been organizing the Japan Media Arts Festival annually since 1997 with the aim of promoting the creation and development of the media arts. The Japan Media Arts Festival makes awards for outstanding creative works in the divisions of Arts, Entertainment, Animation and Manga, and provides opportunities to introduce these works through the award announcement, ceremony, and exhibition of the award-winning works.
2011
In addition, a Japan Media Arts Festival exhibition is held outside Japan every year to promote the dissemination of Japan’s media arts (comic, animation, game, and media art). Since this year is the 150th anniversary of German Japan exchanges, the festival will be held from Saturday, September 10 through Sunday, October 2 at Dortmund U.

Japan Media Arts Festival Secretariat Office
Press enquiries: Ms.MasakoTaira, Ms. Akiko Onishi
Japan Media Arts Festival Secretariat Office
c/o NHK International Inc.
e-mail: jmaf-press@nhkint.or.jp

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

http://bunka-jmaf.jp/en

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