Animation Artist in Residence Program, Tokyo

Deadline: 10 September 2014
Open to: young animation artists between 25 and 30 years old
Fellowship: support for travel expenses, living allowance, travel insurance and rental accommodation


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 7 January and 17 March 2015. 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. 


The residence 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 10th 2014;
  • are able to speak either English or Japanese at least well enough to communicate in everyday situations;
  • are in good heath;
  • 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.


The deadline to apply is 10 September 2014. The applicants must fill in the application form and submit the following documents:

  • documents describing the work to be created as part of this program (at least three minutes in length). It is preferable that applicants submit documents (story board, script, etc.) which make it possible to understand plans for the work in detail;
  • 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 an international film festival, exhibition, or similar event, etc. (e.g. a copy of the list of screened works in a festival catalogue);
  • 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 visit the official website.

One thought on “Animation Artist in Residence Program, Tokyo

  1. Hi,

    I am full of passion for animation for the fast 10 years. I have been working as a freelancer and even won awards. One day, a friend of mine notified me about your program and became interested. But unfortunately, I am 39 years of age now. Don’t you have any consideration for a person like me?

    My wife is an animator too. If she applies and becomes successful, can I come along with her stay with her though I will take care of my travelling expenses, feeding. I will only stay with her, in the accommodation you provide for her.

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