International Animation Artists Program, Tokyo

Deadline: September 10th, 2012
Open to: international animation artists, outside of Japan, between the ages of 20 and 35
Fellowship: Travel expenses and insurance, living allowance and rental accommodation (including workspace), materials stipend (within limits)


This project, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho / Government of Japan), is an artist in residence program which aims to provide three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. In doing so, we aim to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture.


In order to apply for the program and participate, the applicant must:

  1. Reside outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan.
  2. Have had one of their animated works screened at an international film festival (a festival which screened films from other countries besides their own) at least once.
  3. Be between the ages of 20 and 35.
  4. Be able to speak either English or Japanese well enough to communicate in everyday situations.
  5. Be in good health.
  6. Have access to the equipment necessary to participate in a remote interview (e.g. a computer capable of connecting to the internet and using Skype).


The target field of the program is animation production and the duration of the program is 70 days, between December 2012 and March 2013. During this period the participants will have the following provided support:

  1. Travel expenses
  2. Living allowance
  3. Travel insurance
  4. Rental accommodation (including workspace)
  5. Materials stipend (within limits)
  6. Expert assistance
  7. Opportunity to present finished work
  8. Opportunities to interact with Japanese creators

Education/training: Participants will be given various opportunities including the chance to visit animation studios and take part in seminars at visual arts schools.
Workshops: Participants will receive periodic assistance and instruction from experienced Japanese animators at every stage of their project.
Creation of a new work: Participants will begin a new work while in Japan and present the finished work or one part of a work in progress at the end of their stay.


Please upload the following documents on the application form:

  1. Documents describing the work to be created as part of this program. It is preferable that applicants submit documents (story board, script, etc.) which make it possible to understand plans for the work in detail.
  2. Proof of a work having been screened at a film festival (e.g. a copy of the list of works in a festival catalogue). Proof of more than one film having been screened is not required.
  3. Proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of the applicant’s passport).
  4. Previous works.
  5. Please upload your previous works to a video sharing site (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) and put the URL(s) on your application form.
    *If you would like your works to only be viewable as part of the selection process, please set a viewing password and put it on the application form.

Application forms and all required documents must be received by September 10th, 2012.
If, for reasons such as the Internet environment in your country, you are unable to upload video to a video sharing site, please explain your circumstances in the “Other comments” section of the application form and send your previous works on DVD to the address below:

Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo 2012-2013
2-10-2, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, 150-0002 Tokyo, JAPAN
fax: +81-3-5466-0054

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