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2021 Japan Media Arts Festival 24th Contest

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Media Geijutsu in Japanese) 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 start 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.



CATEGORIES


  • 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 a computer or mobile devices), self-published comics, etc.

Awards


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 Certificate * 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


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