Japan Media Arts Festival, 19-27 Sep 2020

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
19 September 2020 - 27 September 2020
Tokyo, Japan
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Festival Description:

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

2020 Call for entries:

The Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee is now accepting entries for the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival. All artists around the world, without distinction as to professional, amateur, independent, or commercial, are invited to submit their works. Eligible works are completed or released within a year before the deadline (October 5, 2019 ‒September 4, 2020)

From each division, the jury committee will select winners of the Grand Prizes, Excellence Awards, Social Impact Award, New Face Awards, and U-18 Award.

  • All awards including Special Achievement Awards and Jury Selections will be announced in March 2021.
  • Each of the winners from the four divisions will receive a trophy and prize money up to 1,000,000 yen, and also win an opportunity to present their works at the Exhibition of Award-winning Works in Tokyo.
  • In addition to the four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga, there will be an open call for Festival Platform Award, which is an award given to brilliant new exhibition plan that utilize the characteristics of its facilities of organizations in liaison with the Japan Media Arts Festival.
    [Art, Entertainment, Animation, Manga Divisions]

Animation Division: Eligible works
Animated feature films, animated short films (including opening videos, ending videos, etc.), animated TV series, videos for streaming, etc.

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

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:Certificate. 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.

Festival Platform Award

Entry Period: Monday, August 3, 2020 ‒Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (18:00 Japan Standard Time)
Awards : Festival Platform Award / Geo-Cosmos Category: Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen / Dome Theater Category: Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen

2019 Festival Coverage:



Event Dates

  • From 19 September 2020 to 27 September 2020