Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo

Deadline: 10 September 2015
Open to: young artist interested in animation production from around the world
Venue: 7 January to 17 March 2016, Tokyo, Japan


This project, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho), is an artist in residence program that provides 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. It aims to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture. This project will take place in Tokyo, Japan between 7 January and 17 March 2016.


  • Reside outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan;
  • Have had one of their animated works screened at an international film festival, exhibition or similar event where works from countries other than their own were also screened/featured;
  • Be between the ages of 20 and 35 as of 10 September, 2015;
  • Be able to speak either English or Japanese at least well enough to communicate in everyday situations;
  • Be 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).


Organization offers following support:

  • Travel expense;
  • Living allowance;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Rental accommodation (including workspace);
  • Expert assistance;
  • Opportunity to present work done during residency;
  • Opportunities to interact with Japanese creators.

How to apply?

Fill out application forms A, B, C. Download HERE.

Documents/materials to be submitted:

  • Reference materials 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;
  • Proof of a work having been screened at an international film festival, exhibition, or similar event (e.g. a copy of the list of screened works in a festival catalogue). Please make sure that the proof shows the event’s internationality (i.e. proof that it screens/features works from countries other than your own). Proof of more than one film having been screened is not required;
  • Proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of your passport).

To complete the application process, please send application forms and required documents and materials via email attachments to the following address:

For more information, please check the official web-page or download the Call.

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