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The Japan Media Arts Festival

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 symposiums, screenings, and showcases.

Last year, the 19th Festival received 4,417 entries from 87 countries and regions around the world, demonstrating is continuing evolution as an established annual international festival. Award-winning Works are exhibited both within Japan and abroad through various projects and events organized by The Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan which aims to develop and promote the creation of Media Arts by focusing primarily on the new generation of artists.

Organizer -Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee.

Please enjoy twice both 20th Festival and 20th Anniversary Exhibition!

This year, Japan Media Arts Festival marks its 20th anniversary since its inception in 1997 and two projects as “The 20th Japan Media Arts Festival” and “Japan Media Arts Festival 20th Anniversary Exhibition” will be held.

From this year, the schedule from call for entries through judging and selection until announcement of Award-winning Works is significantly changed.
After strict jury screening, the Grand Prize, the Excellence Awards, the New Face Awards and Jury Selections in the four divisions of Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga as well as the winners of Special Achievement Awards will be selected and announced in mid-March 2017. (The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will be held around Summer to Autumn 2017.)