Japan Media Art Festival 2019

Deadline: 4 October 2019 (18:00 Japan Standard Time)
Open to: international applicants
Award: cash prizes


Japan Media Arts Festival launched the open call for artists worldwide in Four Divisions (Art, Entertainment, Animation, Manga).
In all divisions professional, amateur, independent and commercial works are eligible for entry. The festival is organized by Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee.

Art Division

Interactive art, media installations, video works, video installations, graphic art (including photographs), internet art, media performances, etc.

Entertainment Division

Games (video games, online games, etc.), video/sound works, multimedia productions (including special effects videos, performances), products (products utilizing media technologies, R&D devices, etc.), websites, applications, etc.

Animation Division

Animated feature films, animated short films (including opening videos, ending videos, etc.), animated TV series, videos for streaming, etc.

Manga Division

Comics published in a book form, comics published in a magazine (including works still being serialized), comics published online (for computer or mobile devices), self-published comics, etc.


Works must be completed or released between Saturday, October 6, 2018 and Friday, October 4, 2019.

-Works completed, changed, renewed, presented or released during the above period are eligible for entry.
-While there is no limit tot the number of entries each entrant makes, the same work may not be entered in multiple divisions.

The entrant must hold the copyright of the submitted work. If the work is submitted by a representative, permission from the copyright holder must be obtained.
-Each entrant must read, understand and accept the Rules and Regulations before submission.
-By submitting works, the entrant is deemed to have accepted all Entry Rules and Regulations as stated.


For each division, a Grand Prize, Excellence Awards, and New Face Awards will be awarded on the basis of artistic quality and creativity. In addition, Special Achievement Awards will be awarded on the recommendation of the Jury to individuals or groups who have made a special contribution to Media Arts in any of the four divisions. This year, two new awards are added in order to praise various works as a festival showcasing the future.

Grand Prize: Certificate, trophy, 1,000,000 Japanese Yen – around 9218 USD

Excellence Award: Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese Yen – around 4609 USD

New Face Award: Certificate, trophy, 300,000 Japanese Yen – around 2765 USD

Special Achievement Award: Certificate, trophy

Social Impact Award: Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese Yen – around 4609 USD

*This new award will be given to the work that has been implemented in society and brought impact and change in the states of media technologies and attitudes of people.

U-18 Award: Certificate

*This new award will be given to the excellent work by an artist born on or after April 2, 2002 or a unit/group that includes him/her as its members.

Other outstanding entries will be chosen by the Jury as Jury Selections.

How to apply?

In order to apply and read more information please visit the official website.