The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts that honors outstanding works in the four divisions of Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga, as well as providing a platform for appreciation of the works that have won awards. The 15th Festival received a record 2,714 works from 57 countries and regions around the world, demonstrating its continuing evolution as an established annual international festival.

The Four Divisions (Art, Entertainment, Animation, Manga)

Art Division
Works created with new media and digital technologies. Interactive art, media installations, video works, digital photographs, graphic art, web-based works, media performances, etc.
Entertainment Division
Entertainment works created with digital technologies. Games (video games, online games, etc.), video works (music videos, advertising films, computerized special effects videos, etc.), gadgets (including figurines), websites (including advertisements), application software, etc.
Animation Division
:Animated feature films, animated short films, animated TV series, animated series or films released in home-video formats, etc.
Manga Division
Comics published in book form, comics published in a magazine (including works still being serialized), comics published online (for computer or mobile), self-published comics, etc.

Eligibility

Works must be completed or released between Friday, September 23, 2011 and Thursday, September 20, 2012.
Please check to see if the work fits the above timeframe.
Works that were renewed, changed, completed, presented or released during the above time period are eligible for submission.
While there is no limit on the number of submissions made, the same work may not be submitted to multiple divisions.
The entrant must hold the copyright to the submitted work. If the work is submitted by a representative, permission from the copyright holder is required.
By submitting their work, the entrant is deemed to have accepted the “Entry Rules and Regulations” as stated by the organizer.
Each entrant must read, understand, and accept the “Entry Rules and Regulations” before submitting work.

Awards

Grand Prize
Certificate from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology;
Trophy; 600,000 Japanese Yen
Excellence Award
Certificate from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology;
Trophy; 300,000 Japanese Yen
New Face Award
Certificate from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology;
Trophy; 200,000 Japanese Yen
Special Achievement Award
Certificate from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology;
Trophy