Japan Media Arts Festival

Japan Media Arts Festival

Deadline: September 4, 2020
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: ¥300,000, ¥500,000, ¥1,000,000, Certificates, Trophies

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Japanese: Media Geijutsu) 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 inception 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 talks, screenings, and showcases.

Award-winning Works are exhibited both within Japan and abroad through various projects and events organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, which aims to promote the creation, development, understanding, awareness and appreciation of Media Arts.


  • 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.

* In all divisions professional, amateur, independent and commercial works are eligible for entry.


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.

  • 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

* 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.

  • Special Achievement Award
    Certificate, trophy

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

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