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Image from the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival, 2017

21st Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works


The 21st Japan Media Arts Festival received 4,192 entries from 98 countries and regions in its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will present selected works featuring a wide range of styles, genres and forms of expression, as well as materials documenting the lifetime accomplishments of Special Achievement Award winners. The festival program will also include symposia, artists’ talks, workshops and other related events. Gathering diverse artists and creators from Japan and abroad, the eleven days of the festival will offer a precious opportunity to experience works representing the most contemporary trends in Media Arts (in Japanese: Media Geijutsu).

  • Period

    Wednesday, June 13 – Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Venues

    The National Art Center, Tokyo, TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills, International Design Liaison Center, SuperDeluxe, OMOTESANDO HILLS, LUMINE Shinjuku, and other locations
  • *Closed days and opening hours vary according to venue
  • Admission


  • Organizer

    21st Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee

  • Chair

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

  • Operating Committee

    AOKI Tamotsu [Director General, The National Art Center, Tokyo]
    FURUKAWA Taku [Animation Artist]
    TATEHATA Akira [President, Tama Art University]

  • Jury Members
  • Highlights

  • Over 170 works selected from 4,192 entries, received from 98 countries and regions.

  • With works such as “Avatars,” a winning work from the Art Division that engages with the perceptual world of objects, the works exhibited will pose questions to the audience about the meaning of the work.

  • There will also be interactive works such as a life-size “Trico,” the character from the game “The Last Guardian,” the Grand Prize work in the Entertainment Division, that the audience can interact with.

  • Documentation of the making of manga and animations; rarely shown materials including original drawings from “Nee, Mama,” the winner of the Grand Prize in the Manga Division.

  • Grand Prize winning films: “In This Corner of the World” and “Lu over the wall” from the Animation Division will be screened! Other animations and live-action films are also included in the screening schedule.

  • Manga Library: all the books from the Award-winning works and Jury Selections of the Manga Division are available for reading.

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  • Cooperation

  • HAL Tokyo College of Technology & Design, Japan Institute of Design Promotion, J-WAVE, Ltd. GOOD, LUMINE CO., LTD., Mori Building Co., Ltd., MUTEK.JP, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Peatix, Sangetsu Corporation, SHARP CORPORATION, SuperDeluxe, Tama Art University Department of Sculpture, TASKO inc., TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills, TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], Yukai Engineering Inc.

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