AnimeGO! Short Anime Film Competition 2019
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Anime and film lovers – get creative and participate in the AnimeGO! Short Anime Film Competition 2019, to be in the draw to win a trip to Japan.

Simply create a short anime film (1-3.5 minutes in length) with this year’s theme of “Hachiko” for a chance to win.

Winners will be announced at AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival on 20 October 2019 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Entries will be judged by a panel comprised of representatives from each of the major South Australian Universities (University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University) as well as Joseph Mitchell, director of the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide.

The top twenty submissions received will be screened at AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival 2019 in Adelaide.


Based on a true story, Hachiko is a dog who is well known for his loyalty to his owner. Hachiko was adopted as a puppy and loved picking up his owner at the train station every afternoon when the owner returned from work. Hachiko and his owner were the best of friends. However, one sad day, his owner passed away at work. Hachiko, unaware of his owner’s death, continues to return to the station every day in hope that one day, his owner would return. Hachiko faithfully kept waiting for his owner for the next 10 years until he finally passed away. Hachiko’s faithfulness over those 10 years has moved many passers-by at the station and eventually became a national icon that symbolises loyalty, love and devotion.

The AnimeGO! competition is open worldwide. In the event that the winner is located outside of Australia (including Japan), the winner will receive a trip to Adelaide, South Australia.

The AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival is a festival organised and run by the Japan Australian Friendship Association (JAFA).

For full terms and conditions, please visit the official website.


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Short Films , Animated

Start date

22 July 2019  -  31 August 2019


22 July 2019  -  31 August 2019





First Prize: A return trip to Japan  (including flights and accommodation)
Runner up (s): Sponsor prize pack
Read terms & conditions for full prize details


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Available for citizens: Worldwide