Japan Media Arts Festival – Call for Entry

Deadline: 4 September 2020
Open to: artists from around the world
Awards: for each division, a Grand Prize, Excellence Awards, Social Impact Award, New Face Awards, and U-18 Award will be awarded on the basis of artistic quality and creativity


The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Media Geijutsu in Japanese) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. It also provides a platform for appreciation of the award-winning and other notable works. Since its start in 1997, the festival has recognized significant works of high artistry and creativity, and in addition to a yearly Exhibition of Award-winning Works, has held other events, such as symposiums, screenings, and showcases.

  • 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.


The competition is open to artists from around the world.

  • Works must be completed or released between Saturday, October 5, 2019 and Friday, September 4, 2020.
  • Works completed, changed, renewed, presented or released during the above period are eligible for entry.

  • While there is no limit to 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 not submitted by the artist (copyright holder), permission from the copyright holder must be obtained.

  • 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, Social Impact Award, New Face Awards, and U-18 Award will be awarded on the basis of artistic quality and creativity. In addition, Special Achievement Awards (Certificate, trophy) 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.

Media Arts Festival Award

Grand Prize
Certificate, trophy, 1,000,000 Japanese Yen

Excellence Award
Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese Yen

Social Impact Award
Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese Yen
* This 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.

New Face Award
Certificate, trophy, 300,000 Japanese Yen

U-18 Award
* This award will be given to the excellent work by an artist born on or after April 2, 2003 or a unit/group that includes him/her as its members.

Special Achievement Award
Certificate, trophy

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

How to apply?

Materials and information to be submitted vary depending on the division and the screening category of the work.

For more information, please visit the official web page.