Animation Artist in Residence Program, Tokyo

Deadline: 9 September 2013
Open to: young animation artists from around the world
Benefits: support for travel expenses, living allowance, travel insurance and rental accommodation (including workspace)


The Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho / Government of Japan) organizes an artist in residence program which aims to provide three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to go to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. The aim of the project is to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture. It will take place in Tokyo in the period between January 7th and March 17th 2014. The project includes: education/training, visits/exchange events as well as creation of a new work which will be presented at the end of the program. 

Who can apply?

The program is open to animation artists who:

  • reside outside of Japan and are citizens of a country other than Japan
  • have had one of their animated works screened at an international film festival, exhibition or similar event
  • are between the age of 20 and 35 on September 9th 2013
  • are able to speak either English or Japanese at least well enough to communicate in everyday situations
  • are in good health
  • have access to the equipment necessary to participate in a remote interview (i.e. a computer capable of connecting to the internet and using Skype)


Support for travel expenses, living allowance, travel insurance and rental accommodation (including workspace) will be provided by the organizers. Furthermore, artist will get: expert assistance, opportunity to present finished work as well as  opportunities to interact with Japanese creators.

How to apply?

Applicants should submit:

  • an application form (which can be downloaded HERE)
  • documents describing the work to be created as part of the program. It is preferred to submit documents (story board, script, etc.) which would make the planed work easier to understand.
  • up to 3 previous works uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (include a password if necessary). In the case of an installation, any additional materials other than the video should be uploaded and the link at which they can be accessed should be written in the application form.
  • proof of a work having been screened at a film festival, featured in an exhibition, etc. (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.
  • proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of your passport)

All documents should be sent via email to the following address:

For further information please check the official call or the official website.

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