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17th Japan Media Arts Festival Issues Call for Entries

The Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee announces the Call for Entries for the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival starting in 2014.

TOKYO -- The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (=Media Geijutsu), which honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from Animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions; Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. It also provides a platform for appreciation of the award-winning and other notable works. Since its inception in 1997, the 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.

Festival organizers have begun the 17th edition of the Festival with a call for entries. Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent and commercial creators from across the globe.

Entry Period Thursday, July 11 - Thursday, September 12, 2013

Works completed or released between September 21, 2012 and September 12, 2013 are eligible for entry in the four divisions - Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga.

Through a rigorous judging process by a five-member jury for each division, award-winning works will then be selected based on their artistic quality and creativity.

In early December, festival organizers will announce the winners of Grand Prizes, Excellence Awards, New Face Awards and Special Achievement Awards, as well as other Jury Selections. Award-winners will receive prizes from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will be held from February 5-16, 2014, at the National Art Center, Tokyo (the Festival’s main venue) and other locations.

Entry Period

Thursday, July 11 - Thursday, September 12, 2013

Judging and Selection

Early December 2013

Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi, Tokyo)

Exhibition of Award-winning Works

Wednesday, February 5 - Sunday, February 16, 2014 Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi, Tokyo) and other locations

Entries can be submitted by uploading data online or by post. For more information about entries, and to complete registration and submission of work and/or reference materials, please visit the official Japan Media Arts Festival website at

Source: Japan Media Arts Festival

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