The Latest Festival

About 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 its 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.

About the latest festival


  • Thursday, July 7-Friday, September 9, 2016 (18:00 Japan Standard Time)

    Call for Entries

    Entries are sought in various disciplines of Media Arts including interactive art, video works, websites, games, animation and comics, and from professional, amateur, independent and commercial sources.

  • Mid-March, 2017

    Announcement of Award-winning Works
  • September, 2017

    Award Ceremony / Exhibition of Award-winning Works

Call for Entries to the latest Japan Media Arts Festival

  • Divisions

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

    * Note that in all divisions professional, amateur, independent, and commercial works are eligible for submission.

  • Awards

    • Japan Media Arts Festival awards are presented by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
    • Grand Prize: Certificate / Trophy / 600,000 Japanese Yen
    • Excellence Award: Certificate / Trophy / 300,000 Japanese Yen
    • New Face Award: Certificate / Trophy / 200,000 Japanese Yen
    • Special Achievement Award: Certificate / Trophy

    *Other outstanding works are selected by the Jury as Jury Selections.