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.

The call for entries for the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival starts from Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent and commercial creators from across the globe. Works completed or released between September 3, 2014 and September 9, 2015 are eligible for entry in the four divisions – Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga.

Through a rigorous judging process by a 5-member jury for each division, Award-winning Works will then be selected based on their artistic quality and creativity. In late November, we will announce the winners of the Grand Prizes, Excellence Awards, New Face Awards and Special Achievement Awards, as well as other Jury Selections. Award-winners will receive prizes from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will be held at the National Art Center, Tokyo from February 3 to 14, 2016.


Entry Period:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – Wednesday, September 9, 2015 (18:00 Japan Standard Time / Late entries will not be accepted)

Entries can be submitted through the Japan Media Arts Festival Official Website:

Inquiries: [email protected]