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19th Japan Media Arts Festival – Call for Entries

The Japan Media Arts Festival, now in its 19th year, has just opened the call for entries for 2015, inviting creatives around the world to submit their best works.

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 is very competitive and includes Grand Prizes, Excellence Awards, New Face Awards and Special Achievement Awards, as well as other Jury Selections in four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. It also provides a platform for appreciation of the award-winning and other notable works.

Award-winning works are exhibited both within Japan and abroad through various projects and events organized by The Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan which aims to develop and promote the creation of Media Arts by focusing primarily on the new generation of artists.

Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent and commercial creators across the globe.

Works completed or released between Wednesday, 3 September 2014 and Wednesday, 9 September 2015 are eligible for entry.

Since its inception in 1997, the Japan Media Arts 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. Last year, the 18th Festival received 3,853 entries from 71 countries and regions around the world, demonstrating its continuing evolution as an established annual international festival.