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21st Japan Media Arts Festival
Total awards: 5400 $
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Contest info


Hello, I would like to present you the 21st “Japan Media Arts Festival”. This is an international competition, all artists from around the world are welcome without distinction as to professional, amateur, independent or commercial are invited to submit their works to the 4 divisions - Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. Paying entry fee is not required to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted from across the globe. You can enter in the competition online, by clicking the green button "Join" in the top right corner. Eligible works are those completed or exhibited within a year before the deadline (from 10 September 2016 to 05 October 2017). Winning this competition, can give the entrants a good start in their careers. Participate in online competitions to develop your professional portfolio and win prizes. This is a perfect opportunity for participants to show their skills and great work. Participation offers not only prestige, but also the opportunity to win extra money for the development of passion. From each division, the jury committee will select winners of the "Grand Prizes", "Excellence Awards", and "New Face Awards". Each of the winners from all 4 divisions will receive award and money prize up to 600000 Japanese yen (5400 US dollars). Entrants also could win the opportunity to present their art at the "Exhibition of award - winning works" in Tokyo, Japan in June 2018. All of the awards will be announced in March 2018. The "Japan Media Art Festival" is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Japanese: Media Geijutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media - from animation and comics to media art and games.

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Start date

15 August 2017  -  5 October 2017







For each division, a Grand Prize, Excellence Awards, and New Face Awards will be awarded on the basis of artistic quality and creativity. In addition, Special Achievement Awards will be awarded on the recommendation of the Jury to individuals or groups who have made a special contribution to Media Arts in any of the four divisions.

Grand Prize: Certificate*, trophy, 600,000 Japanese Yen
Excellence Award: Certificate*, trophy, 300,000 Japanese Yen
New Face Award: Certificate*, trophy, 200,000 Japanese Yen
Special Achievement Award: Certificate*, trophy
Other outstanding entries will be chosen by the Jury as Jury Selections
* Certificates will be presented by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

General rules


Works must be completed or released between

Saturday, September 10, 2016 and Thursday, October 5, 2017.
* Works completed, changed, renewed, presented or released during the above period are eligible for entry.
* While an unlimited number of entries may be made, the same work may not be entered in multiple divisions.

The entrant must hold the copyright of the submitted work. If the work is submitted by a representative, permission from the copyright holder must be obtained.
*Each entrant must read, understand and accept the Rules and Regulations before submission.
*By submitting their work, the entrant is deemed to have accepted all Entry Rules and Regulations as stated.

Rules and Regulations

Copyright and Treatment of Entered Works

The entrant must hold the copyright of the submitted work. If the work is entered by a representative, permission from the copyright holder is required

Permission must be obtained from the copyright holder for the use of any art, film, photographs, video images, programs music or any other content used in the submitted work. The entrant takes sole responsibility for resolving any third party claims of infringement of rights and/or claim for damages. The organizer shall not be held accountable in the event of any dispute.

Depending on the form or type of the work, it may be necessary to change the division in which the work has been entered.

All expenses related to submission of works to the competition (for example delivery cost to the Secretariat) are borne by the entrant.

Submitted works and reference materials will be returned only in exceptional circumstances.

In the case of any accidental damage to or loss of submitted work, the organizer shall not be held responsible.

Depending on the screening process, additional materials may be required.

The Secretariat shall provide no information about the screening process before or after the official announcement.

The copyright of submitted works shall remain with the entrant.

Submitted works and reference materials may be duplicated by the Secretariat. The use of such duplicated materials is limited to the purpose of jury screening

The organizer may screen, publicly transmit (broadcast), duplicate, exhibit translate, and/or publicize any works on its website, without compensation. This use purposes of announcing the results of the Award-winning Works and Jury Selections, exhibiting the Award-winning Works and Jury Selections and publicizing the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival.

Works that are exhibited or introduced in the Exhibition of Award-winning Works of the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival will be documented in video and photographs. This documentation may be used for PR and related projects of the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival.


Age restriction: 18 /

Available for citizens: Worldwide