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New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival Issues Call for Entries

Short film competition in Japan accepting submissions employing any animation technique with a grand prize of 1 million yen.

The New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival has announced a call for entries to the 2015 edition of the festival.

Now in its second year, last year’s edition received submissions for 46 different countries, inviting dozens of guests and drawing an audience of roughly 30,000 attendees. This year’s edition, to be held inside Japan’s New Chitose Airport Terminal in Chitose Hokkaido, runs October 31 through November 3.

The competition will accept short films employing any animation techniques in the following categories:

Award Categories

  • Grand Prix -- 1 million JPY
  • Japan Grand Prix -- 500,000 JPY
  • New Talent Award -- 300,000 JPY
  • Audience Award -- 100,000 JPY
  • Kids Award -- a memento
  • Best Music Animation -- 200,000 JPY

The international festival jury, which may also institute a new Special Award, includes Holland Animation Film Festival director Gerben Schermer, Cartoon Brew editor Amid Amidi and independent Japanese animator Ryo Hirano.

The deadline for entries is June 30. To be eligible, films must be under 20 minutes, and must have been completed during or since 2013. Find the rules, regulations and online submission form at:

The visual for the Festival were created by Japanese animator and illustrator Manami Wakai. “It’s the world’s first animation film festival which is held at the airport and I feel like drawing something with real airport facilities,” the Tokyo University of the Arts graduate said. “I’ll be pleased if the audience enjoy[s] them.”

Source: New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2015

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.