Japan Media Arts Festival  

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


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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.

Spherical Exhibitions at Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 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 – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

※What is Geo-Cosmos?
Geo-Cosmos is the signature exhibition of Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Geo-Cosmos originated from former astronaut and Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 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 – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation on the link below.


Dome Theater Category
For this category, we solicit video works designed for screening in Dome Theater GAIA at Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

※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.

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.

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.

□ Works completed between October 6, 2018 (Sat) and November 29, 2019 (Fri), or previously completed works released within this period, or works unfinished at the time of submission.
※It is also possible to enter unfinished works.
※Updated or renovated works completed or released within this period may be entered.
※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.
Note that works submitted for this award cannot be submitted for awards in the Art, Entertainment, Animation, or Manga divisions. Works submitted for awards in any or all of these four divisions as well as the Festival Platform Awards may be declared ineligible for selection for both.

□ 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.

□ In the case of unfinished works, the work must be able to created and complete their works in the prescribed format after awards are determined.
※Entrants who submit finished works must be able to convert or adjust them to the prescribed format.
(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 – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, however entrants must bear other costs.)

Final productions

[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. Regarding details, follow “the prescribed format”.
Playback of works : Works are played on a player designed specifically for the Geo-Cosmos system. Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 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.

[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

[Geo-Cosmos Category]
○ Video
Resolution : 3840 × 2160 (px)
Map projection method : Equidistant cylindrical projection
Frame rate : 30 fps

○ Audio
Channel : Two-channel stereo
Compatible formats : WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless

[Dome Theater Category]
Resolution : 4K equivalent
Dome Master format (aspect ratio 1:1)
Frame rate : 60 fps
Stereoscopy : Active shutter system

○ Audio
Channel : 8.1 channels
Compatible formats : WAV and other uncompressed files

Screening Committee Members

KAWAMURA Masashi(Creative Director and CCO, Whatever Inc.)
MIZUGUCHI Tetsuya(Founder and CEO, Enhance / Project Professor, Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design)
MIZUTANI Hitomi(Sales & Marketing, THETA Business Division, Smart Vision Business Unit, Ricoh Company, Ltd.)

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)

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.
□ 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.
□ While the copyright for an award-winning work belongs to the entrant, an award-winning work may be used at no charge in public relations activities (including announcements about this contest) conducted by Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, and the entrant shall consent to this use. In addition, Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 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.
□ In the course of using an award-winning work described above, Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation may edit, modify, etc. the award-winning work within the necessary scope. The entrant and others shall not exercise their copyrights with regard to these edits, modifications, and the like.
□ If an entrant wishes to use images of Geo-Cosmos displaying the submitted work or the like, the entrant must apply in advance and receive permission from Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
□ 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 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.
□ 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 – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 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.

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

A briefing will be held to explain technology for creating videos for Geo-Cosmos and the Dome Theater.
※Attendees must bear the cost of transportation to Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Location : National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
Date/Time : To be announced when finalized.
Description : 
The briefing is centered on a demonstration by Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation staff members to explain the characteristics of the Geo-Cosmos projection system while screening Geo-Cosmos content.
The staff members will provide an overview of the projection system, show past award-winning works, and screen a sample video to enable 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 – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation staff members to explain the characteristics of the projection system while screening content.
Application Method : Application in advance. The information about the entry is announced on this website as soon as the dates are fixed.


□ 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?
We limit works to those completed or released within a year before the festival. However, if a work was completed before this period but updated or exhibited during this period, it will be accepted. Uncompleted works or unpublished prototypes are not eligible.
Note that it is possible to enter unfinished works and trial works that have not yet been released for Festival Platform Awards.
□ 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 – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation’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?
Digest movies should not exceed the length of the final video produced 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?
The video center is set such that the front is viewed when looking at Geo-Cosmos from the third floor (Exhibition Floor) of Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. 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.

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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