Japan Media Arts Festival  

23rd Entry Guidelines

Entry Period

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Friday, October 4, 2019 (18:00 Japan Standard Time)
※ The submission period has ended.


The Four Divisions (Art, Entertainment, Animation, Manga)
※ In all divisions professional, amateur, independent and commercial works are eligible for entry.

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 (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. 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
Excellence Award: Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese Yen
New Face Award: Certificate, trophy, 300,000 Japanese Yen
Social Impact Award: Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese Yen
*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


23rd Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee (tentative)


MIYATA Ryohei [Commissioner for the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan]

Operating Committee

FURUKAWA Taku [Animation Artist]
TATEHATA Akira [President, Tama Art University]

Jury Members

Art Divison

ABE Kazunao [Curator, Art Producer and Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University]
AKIBA Fuminori [Aesthetician and Associate Professor, Nagoya University]
Georg TREMMEL [Artist and Researcher]
IKEGAMI Takashi [Researcher of Complex Systems Sciences and Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo]
TASAKA Hiroko [Curator of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum]

Entertainment Divison

KAWADA Tom [AR3Bros.(Three Brothers of Augmented Reality)]
MORIMOTO Chie[Communication Director, Art Director]
NAKAGAWA Daichi [Critic, Editor]
SAITO Seiichi [Creative Director and CEO, Rhizomatiks Co., Ltd.]
TOKITA Takashi [Producer and Game Creator, Square Enix Co., Ltd.]

Animation Divison

SATO Tatsuo [Animation Director and Scriptwriter]
SUGAWA Akiko [Professor, Institute of Urban Innovation Yokohama National University]
UDA Konosuke [Animation Director]
YOKOSUKA Reiko [Animation Artist]
WADA Atsushi [Animation Artist]

Manga Divison

KAWAHARA Kazuko [Manga Essayist]
KURATA Yoshimi [Manga artist and Professor at Otemae University]
NISHI Keiko [Manga Artist]
OMOTE Tomoyuki [Researcher, Kitakyushu Manga Museum]
SHIRAI Yumiko [Manga Artist]

Rules and Regulations

Copyright and Treatment of Entered Works

The entrant must hold the copyright of the submitted work. If the work is entered by a representative, permission from the copyright holder is required.

Permission must be obtained from the copyright holder for the use of any art, film, photographs, video images, programs music or any other content used in the submitted work. The entrant takes sole responsibility for resolving any third party claims of infringement of rights and/or claim for damages. The organizer shall not be held accountable in the event of any dispute.

Depending on the form or type of the work, it may be necessary to change the division in which the work has been entered.

All expenses related to submission of works to the competition (for example delivery cost to the Festival Office) are borne by the entrant.

Submitted works and reference materials will be returned only in exceptional circumstances.

In the case of any accidental damage to or loss of submitted work, the organizer shall not hold responsibility.

Depending on the screening process, additional materials may be required.

The Festival Office shall provide no information about the screening process before or after the official announcement.

The copyright of submitted works shall remain with the entrant.

Submitted works and reference materials may be duplicated by the Festival Office. The use of such duplicated materials is limited to the purpose of jury screening.

The organizer may screen, publicly transmit (broadcast), duplicate, exhibit translate, and/or publicize any works on its website, without compensation. This use purposes of announcing the results of the Award-winning Works and Jury Selections, exhibiting the Award-winning Works and Jury Selections and publicizing the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival.

Works that are exhibited or introduced in the Exhibition of Award-winning Works of the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival will be documented in video and photographs. This documentation may be used for PR and related projects of the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival.

Regarding Personal Information

The Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee shall make every reasonable effort to prevent disclosure, appropriation, and/or distortion of personal information by adhering to the following guidelines.

1.Use of Personal Information

Personal information submitted by an entrant shall be used only for
1) Announcement of screening results
2) Contact for enquiry about submitted works
3) Contact about Related Events of Japan Media Arts Festival
4) Statistical analysis for improvement of the Japan Media Arts Festival
5) Providing information about the Japan Media Arts Festival and related events, and when seeking entries to the Japan Media Arts Festival. (If such disclosure is unacceptable to the applicant, it will be withheld upon request.)
6) Public announcement of award winners to the media and on the website (the title of the work, winner’s name and affiliation, etc.). We will directly contact each winner to confirm this before making public announcement.)
If personal information is required for use beyond the above reasons, the Festival Office will contact the entrant for permission prior to use.

2.Disclosure to a Third Party

Appropriate efforts shall be made to administer and protect an entrant’s personal information. This personal information shall not be disclosed to any third party without prior consent. In addition, such information shall only be disclosed to a third party when absolutely necessary for operation and management by the Japan Media Arts Festival Office. However, information may be disclosed when consent from the person concerned cannot be obtained, if such disclosure is necessary to protect human life or property, or is required by law.

3.Entrants’ Obligation

All entrants must read, understand, and accept the Entry Rules and Regulations before submitting work. By submitting works, the entrant is deemed to have accepted all Entry Rules and Regulations as stated.

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