Japan Media Arts Festival  

[Entry Period: September 17 – November 29] Festival Platform Award Call for Entry


Primarily, content subject to inquiries at the technology briefing held on October 21 has been reflected in the guidelines for entry (November 1, 2019).
*These updates are intended to organize content that was subject to numerous inquiries in a more easily understandable manner. The entry requirements, items to be submitted, etc. remain unchanged.

<Main Changes>
1) A more detailed explanation is now provided regarding the eligibility of unfinished works.
2) The explanations and prescribed format for final productions created after awards are announced have been consolidated on a category basis.
3) In the passages regarding handling of award-winning works in the entry rules and regulations, the scope of use by Miraikan – the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation at no charge has been further limited, and the statement regarding instances of editing, modification, etc. has been removed.
4) Content subject to inquiries by participants in the technology briefing that applies to all entrants has been added to the Q&A section.

※ The submission period has ended.

Festival Platform Awards

Organizations in liaison with the festival call for new exhibition plans that utilize the characteristics of its facilities and award brilliant works. The awarded works will be shown during the term of Exhibition of Award-winning Works.

23rd Call for Entries

In 23rd festival, there will be an open call for a work to be shonw on the Globe-like display at Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Entries may be either “video works for spherical surfaces or domes completed or released between October 6, 2018 (Sat.), and November 29, 2019 (Fri.),” or “video works to be newly created for the spherical exhibitions at Miraikan(planned/unfinished works).”

Spherical Exhibitions at Miraikan
Miraikan has two spherical video systems. The first is Geo-Cosmos, a spherical display and the museum’s signature exhibition. The second is Dome Theater GAIA, equipped with a full-dome 3D video system.
Each has a completely different format, and the content for each is created and experienced in different ways. However, the systems are identical in that they are both designed for spherical video images. The only difference between the two is that one is designed to be viewed from the outside of the sphere, and the other is designed to be viewed from the inside.
The globe-like display enables viewers to change positions to see the contest, which affects the way they interpret and experience the content. With Geo-Cosmos, viewers are free to choose a viewpoint, and to move around as they experience the video images. Inside Dome Theater GAIA, viewers sit in a fixed position to experience a sense of immersion surrounded by video and sound.
Looking forward to seeing expressions taking advantage of those differences, the festival calls for a work in the two categories, “Geo-Cosmos Category” and “Dome Theater Category.”

Video Image Concept

“Sharing a New World: From Square to Spherical”
From square planes to spherical spaces. Humankind is attempting to free itself from the longstanding, static limitations of two-dimensional planes, and to grasp the new visual expression of spheres (three-dimensional space).
As 360-degree cameras, virtual reality, and other new platforms appear, the potential of video expression continues to expand. We encourage you to use these new spherical displays to depict the world that unfolds around us without dividing it into sections, and to pioneer the expression of new viewpoints that change our global awareness.


Festival Platform Awards
Geo-Cosmos Category: Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen
Dome Theater Category: Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen


Geo-Cosmos Category
For this category, we solicit video works designed for screening and viewing from multiple viewpoints on Geo-Cosmos, the signature exhibition of Miraikan.

※What is Geo-Cosmos?
Geo-Cosmos is the signature exhibition of Miraikan. Geo-Cosmos originated from former astronaut and Miraikan Executive Director MOHRI Mamoru’s desire to share the glittering appearance of Earth as viewed from space with as many people as possible. Because viewers can see the same video images from several different angles, and there is no single “front” or “head-on” view, the video image platform is free of the restrictions of two-dimensional video, and opens up an endless range of video expression.
[Reference] You can see the works that won the past Geo-Cosmos Content Contest organized by Miraikan on the link below.

Dome Theater Category
For this category, we solicit video works designed for screening in Dome Theater GAIA at Miraikan.

※What is Dome Theater GAIA?
Dome Theater GAIA is a spherical video system that can project full-dome images in 4K resolution in both 2D and 3D onto a dome-shaped screen with a diameter of 15.24 m and 23° angle of inclination.

Screening Criteria

Concept: Does the work capture and incorporate the video image concept?
Expression: Is the video expression polished and aesthetically pleasing?
Technology: Does the work account for the respective characteristics of Geo-Cosmos or the Dome Theater?
Originality: Does the work incorporate the artist’s distinct viewpoint in an appealing way?

Schedule from Entry of Works to Presentation of Awards

Entry Period

Starts September 17, 2019 (Tue); applications for entry and materials must arrive by 18:00 on November 29, 2019 (Fri)
*Each entrant must submit an application for entry and materials for screening in order to enter their work for consideration.
*There is no limit to the number of works any one entrant can submit. It is also possible to submit the same work in both categories.

1. Application for entry : Apply via the website
2. Submission of materials for screening : Submit via the website

Screening: December 2019 to March 2020
Award presentation: Scheduled for March 2020
Exhibitions of award-winning works: September 19, 2020 (Sat) to September 27, 2020 (Sun) (Scheduled)
Venues: Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba, Tokyo) and others planned

Entry Requirements

Please confirm that your entry satisfies all of the following conditions before submission.

□ Entrants must own copyrights for the works they submit.
Representatives submitting works must obtain consent from the copyright holder.
※Consent from the entrant and creator are considered to be obtained when applications for entry are submitted.   
※Please read and consent to the rules and special conditions of entry before submitting entries.

□ Works may not contain the following types of content.
・As a public facility, the museum does not permit excessively violent expressions, sexual expressions, or any other expressions that violate public order and morals.
・Miraikan is unable to screen video works that seek to publicize or advertise merchandise (including corporate logos and names of merchandise) or the like; such works are ineligible for selection.

【Already completed or released video works for spherical surfaces or domes】
□ Works completed between October 6, 2018 (Sat.), and November 29, 2019 (Fri.), or previously completed works released within this period
※Updated or renovated works completed or released within this period may be entered.
Note that works submitted for the Festival Platform Awards cannot be submitted for awards in the Art, Entertainment, Animation, or Manga categories. Works submitted for awards in any or all of these four categories as well as the Festival Platform Awards may be declared ineligible for selection for both.

□ It must be possible to convert or adjust the submitted work to the prescribed format for screening at exhibitions of award-winning works in the event that it wins an award.

【Video works to be newly created for the spherical exhibitions at Miraikan (planned/unfinished works)】
□ The work must be created and completed in the prescribed format for screening at exhibitions of award-winning works in the event that it wins an award.

Jury Members

KAWAMURA Masashi(Creative Director and CCO, Whatever Inc.)
Prior to joining Whatever as CCO, KAWAMURA Masashi was Founder and Executive Creative Director of the creative lab, PARTY. He uses his background in coding and film directing to produce content that seamlessly melds technology with storytelling. Throughout his career, Masashi has earned countless international awards and has been chosen as one of the Creativity magazine’s “Creative 50,” and Fast Company’s “100 most creative people in business”. His exploration beyond advertising, across music videos, product design, and digital installations, continues.

MIZUGUCHI Tetsuya(Founder and CEO, Enhance / Project Professor, Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design)
MIZUGUCHI has been actively involved in creating highly unique, sensory-stimulating experiences in the form of video games and other media. At the core of his work is synesthesia, the crossing of the senses, and activating one’s imagination through the power of technology-driven interactive arts.
One recent example is the award-winning virtual reality (VR) game Rez Infinite [2016], paired with the Synesthesia Suit — a full body suit augmenting the visual auditory sensory experience with the sense of touch. The Synesthesia Suit was showcased in several cities around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, SIGGRAPH and Media Ambition Tokyo. This work led to the formation of the Synesthesia Lab, an experimental R&D lab formed through an alliance for like-minded teams. Their first work is the Synesthesia X1 – 2.44, a device equipped with 44 vibrating actuators where letting go of your body makes you feel as if you’re wrapped in a world of sounds, lights and vibrations. Your consciousness is honed as you naturally become a part of the flow. He is also a co-founder of EDGEof, a GameChangers’ Studio based in Tokyo.

MIZUTANI Hitomi(Sales & Marketing, THETA Business Division, Smart Vision Business Unit, Ricoh Company, Ltd.)
Marketing director for 360-degree camera RICOH THETA. MIZUTANI has been in charge of marketing since the business was established in 2013, overseeing both website production and overseas marketing. Since 2014, she has been involved in designing new apps, and social media campaigns through Instagram and other platforms, to broaden the capacity of 360-degree video expression. As of 2018, She has worked on developing community marketing for THETA users, with a particular focus on activities to expand the 360-degree video market while increasing buzz among its core users.

Materials for Screening, Submissions

[Common Requirements for the Geo-Cosmos Category / Dome Theater Category]

① Images of works
Images and sketches that show the images to be projected.
※Please use the designated template for the Geo-Cosmos category.

② Script
A summarization of the scenes and flow of the story.
For music and sound effects, include the scenes and images they will be used with.

③ Sample video (optional)
Samples should not exceed the length of the final video.
Geo-Cosmos : 50-70 seconds
Dome Theater : Approximately 3 minutes

Entry Method

To submit works, follow the steps below to create an entrant account, and log in to the entrant home screen on the entry site (https://fpaward.j-mediaarts.jp/en).
(It is possible to submit multiple works from a single account.)

Step 1: Apply for entry (create an entrant account)
1. Enter an email address and password and proceed to the account creation screen.
2. Enter the information required to create an account. (Name of the person in charge of the entry, affiliation, address, contact information, etc.)
3. A provisional account registration email will be sent to the registered email address. Use the link in the email to access the entrant home screen and complete the account creation process.

Step 2: Register information about the creators/works
※Works that use languages other than Japanese must be submitted with translations or subtitle text (Japanese or English). 
※If you have materials for screening other than those listed below, please submit them.
1. Enter your email address and password on the entry site to access the entrant home screen.
2. Select your desired category and enter information about the creators and works you wish to enter.
Information about creators : Creator names, English names, birthdates, nationalities, hometowns, countries of residence, etc.
Information about works : Work titles in Japanese, Japanese pronunciation, English names, images of the works, overviews of the works (600 characters or less), strong points, scripts, videos, etc.
※Please enter information about creators and works carefully and accurately – it will be used to describe award-winning works on the official website and collection of award-winning works.

Step 3: Submit Materials for Screening
1. Submit materials for screening according to the following procedure.
Upload the materials to your own website or server of your choice, and register the URL. Upload data for materials for screening to an accessible server, video streaming service, image posting/sharing site, your own website or the like, and register the URL.
※Take steps to ensure that the data is viewable and/or accessible for screening until March 2020.
※Include the details of any passwords or the like required to view or acquire the data. 

■ When publicizing materials for screening on video streaming services, image posting/sharing sites, or the like
□ Examples of sites: Vimeo, YouTube, etc.
※When using video streaming services or image posting/sharing sites, consent to the sites’ terms of use before publicizing the works.     
※Follow the sites’ rules regarding file formats and volume for uploads.

■ When uploading data for materials for screening to a server of your choice other than the above
□ Data formats :
※As a rule, we do not accept formats other than those listed above.

2.Upload an image of the work.
Image of the work : 1 image that encapsulates the work (Landscape png or jpg file 1,000 px or more/5 MB or less)

Final productions after awards are announced

If an entry wins an award, the work must be created in one of the following formats.
Entrants who submit finished works must adjust them in order to comply with the following formats.
(Entrants who submit finished works can use the actual machinery and equipment to preview their works. Entrants wishing to do so should contact the contact person. No usage fee is required for machinery and equipment installed at Miraikan; however, entrants must bear other costs.)

[Geo-Cosmos Category]
○ Length of video work :
50-70 seconds
○ Data format :
Record the video data in serialized PNG files, and submit the audio data in separate files. For details, follow the prescribed format explained below.
○ Playback of works :
Works are played on a player designed specifically for the Geo-Cosmos system. Miraikan will handle the task of recording the submitted data.
*Color reproducibility and brightness
In principle, entrants are free to use whatever colors they choose. However, we may make adjustments such as slightly reducing the brightness of whites to avoid screen burn on the organic EL panels. In addition, the characteristics of the organic EL panel devices may cause blues and other colors to change when projected onto Geo-Cosmos.
○ Prescribed format :
Resolution : Up to 6204×3102 (px)
Map projection method : Equidistant cylindrical projection
Frame rate : 30 fps
Channel : Two-channel stereo
Compatible formats : WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless

[Dome Theater Category]
○ Length of video work :
Approximately 3 minutes
○ Data format :
Record the serialized Dome Master files, and submit the audio data in separate files. Regarding details, follow “the prescribed format”.
○ Playback of works :
Works are played on a player designed specifically for the Dome Theater.
○ Prescribed format :
Resolution: Up to 4K x 4K equivalent max.
Format: Dome Master format (aspect ratio 1:1)
Frame rate: 30 fps or 60 fps
Movie codec: H.264
Container format: MP4
Stereoscopy: 2D or 3D
Audio: Up to 8.1 channels (7.1 channels + Top)
*The projection system is scheduled to be updated in the future. Accordingly, more detailed specifications will be given after awards are announced.

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. Neither the organizer nor Miraikan shall be held accountable in the event of any dispute.
□ 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, Neither the organizer nor Miraikan shall hold responsibility.
□ Depending on the screening process, additional materials may be required.
□ The Contest Office shall provide no information about the screening process before or after the official announcement.
□ The copyright for an award-winning work belongs to the entrant.
□Miraikan may screen an award-winning work at no charge for at least one year. The entrant and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation shall discuss the duration and frequency of screenings in each case.
□ Submitted works and reference materials may be duplicated by the Contest Office. The use of such duplicated materials is limited to the purpose of jury screening.
□ The organizers may duplicate, screen, publicly transmit (broadcast), automatically publicly transmit (publicize on a website), exhibit, translate, and take other actions free of charge regarding award-winning works, only within the scope of screening result announcements, exhibitions of award-winning works, or public relations for the 23rd and subsequent Japan Media Arts Festivals.
□ Works exhibited and introduced at exhibitions of award-winning works may be videotaped, photographed, and otherwise recorded and used in public relations and other related business for the 23rd and subsequent Japan Media Arts Festivals.

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.

Technology Briefing

The briefing will be held to explain technology for creating videos for the Geo-Cosmos and the Dome Theater.
※The briefing will be conducted only in Japanese.

Location : Miraikan   Access
Date/Time : October 21, 2019 (Mon.)  This Briefing has ended.
Part Ⅰ  Geo-Cosmos     19:00~20:00
PartⅡ Dome Theater   20:00~21:00
Description : 
The briefing is centered on a demonstration by Miraikan staff members to explain the characteristics of the Geo-Cosmos projection system while screening the Geo-Cosmos content. The staff members will provide an overview of the projection system, and screen a sample video which enables attendees to confirm the appearance of colors on the display, content speed, text size, and the like.
[Dome Theater]
The briefing is centered on a demonstration by Miraikan staff members to explain the characteristics of the projection system while screening content.
Application Method : Application in advance.


□ Is there an entry fee?
No. Submission of entries is free of charge. However, any expenses incurred in the submission of works to the competition (e.g. delivery cost to the Festival Office) must be covered by the entrant.
□ The guidelines say that eligible works must be completed or publicly exhibited between Saturday, October 6, 2018 and Friday, November 29, 2019. Can I submit works created before this period?
Entries may be either “video works for spherical surfaces or domes completed or released between October 6, 2018 (Sat.), and November 29, 2019 (Fri.),” or “video works to be newly created for the spherical exhibitions at Miraikan (planned/unfinished works).” Works created in the past but completed or released as new versions through updating or renovation during this period (Saturday, October 6, 2018, to Friday, November 29, 2019) may also be entered.
□ Can I register as a group?
a) If there are five or less members in the group, enter the names of the individual members.
b) If the group is larger, enter the name of the group and the name of the member who represents the group.
e.g. “Name of work” Production team (name of representative)
□ I would like to submit a high-resolution video work. How should I submit it?
All works will be reviewed based on submitted images, written information and/or reference materials. Please ensure the quality that accurately represents the work and decide the submission method. Be aware that our server has restriction of the size of data that can be uploaded.
□ Is it possible to submit 3D video works?
Yes. Please send by post two copies of your work on separate removable media (CD-ROM, Blu-ray disc, etc.). We may later ask you to send additional materials related to your work. Please keep in mind that submitted materials are generally not returned.
□ Can I submit works which use virtual reality systems?
Yes. If they win, however, they must be converted to a format suitable for screening on Miraikan’s platforms (Geo-Cosmos or the Dome Theater) as part of the production process.
□ When I submit a video or animated film, should I also send a digest movie?
It is not required. If you send one, it should not exceed the length of the final production after awards are announced (50-70 seconds for Geo-Cosmos; approx. 3 minutes for the Dome Theater).
□ I use music in my work. Do I need to apply to the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) to use them?
If using music controlled by JASRAC, the copyrights require applications for use to JASRAC; therefore, please complete that procedure. Please use the search service on the official JASRAC site or other tools to determine whether songs are controlled by JASRAC.
□ I made a mistake and want to change the information I registered. How can I do this?
Within a period of registration, you can log in to your account and change your information directly. However, no changes can be made after 18:00 on Friday, November 29, 2019 (Japan Standard Time)
□ How many works can one person submit?
Each person can submit any number of works.
□ I live outside Japan. How will the prize money be paid?
An amount equivalent to the prize money in Japanese yen will be paid.
□ When playing Geo-Cosmos videos, is it possible to set the initial position of the front (center) of the video to the position of my choice?
No, it is not possible. The video center is fixed such that the front is viewed when looking at Geo-Cosmos from the third floor (Exhibition Floor) of Miraikan. If you are creating a video intended to be viewed from below Geo-Cosmos, or to be rotated on a free axis or the like, please process the original video to allow that manner of expression.
□ I would like to use a video shot with a 360-degree camera in the Geo-Cosmos category. Do I need to revise the video resolution in order to comply with the prescribed format when I submit it?
Revisions are not necessary at the time of submission. Award-winning works must be adjusted to the prescribed format so that they can be screened at exhibitions of award-winning works.
□ I am thinking of submitting a work before it is completed. If it wins an award, can you back up the production?
There is no backup of the video production itself. However, test screenings using Geo-Cosmos and the Dome Theater can be provided at the museum.
□ Is there a way for me to check the appearance of colors in the sample videos screened at the technology briefing?
Still images of the confirmation videos (two videos) screened as part of the Geo-Cosmos explanation can be downloaded here (Link). Please check them if necessary.
□ Can works with interactive elements be submitted?
If the work is of a nature requiring equipment, etc. other than that normally installed at Miraikan, a screening environment cannot be provided according to the entrant’s wishes. As a result, works with interactive elements are ineligible for both Geo-Cosmos and the Dome Theater.
□ At the technology briefing, I did not find the sound in the space that contains Geo-Cosmos to be very dynamic.
Sound tends to fill the space due to its properties, and it may therefore be difficult to achieve a well-modulated effect. Please keep this in mind when considering submissions. Note that opportunities for onsite confirmation can be provided in order to adjust the audio of award-winning works for screening on Geo-Cosmos.
□ What are the positions of the Dome Theater projectors?
Projectors are installed in the front center and rear center. The front projector projects onto the rear half of the screen, and the rear projector projects onto the front half of the screen.

Contact Information

Japan Media Arts Festival Contest Office
(In Charge of the Festival Platform Awards) [c/o CG-ARTS]
Email : jmaf-fpaward@cgarts.or.jp

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