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Exhibition of Award-winning Works


February 2-13, 2011


The National Art Center, Tokyo; Tokyo Midtown

Admission free

Awards Ceremony


Feruary 1, 2011


Tokyo Midtown Hall

Entry Period:

July 15-September 24, 2010

Organizer: Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee
[Agency for Cultural Affairs / The National Art Center, Tokyo / CG-ARTS]

Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee


KONDO Seiichi (Commissioner for Cultural Affairs)

Operating Committee:

HAYASHIDA Hideki (Director, The National Art Center, Tokyo)
IWAKI Hajime (Chairman, CG-ARTS)
HAMANO Yasuki (Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School)


Art Division

Head of the Jury: SHIKATA Yukiko (Media Art Curator)
GOTO Shigeo (Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design)
HARA Kenya (Graphic Designer)
OKAZAKl Kenjiro (Professor, International Center for Human Sciences, Kinki University)
SEKIGUCHI Atsuhito (President, IAMAS, Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences)

Entertainment Division

Head of the Jury: HORII Yuji (Game Designer)
ITO Gabin (Editor)
SAITO Yoot (Game Designer)
TERAI Hironori (Creative Director)
UCHIYAMA Koshi (Creative Director)

Animation Division

Head of the Jury: FURUKAWA Taku (Animation Artist)
HIGUCHI Shinji (Film Director)
HIKAWA Ryusuke (Animation Critic)
ITO Yuichi (Animation Director)
Rintaro (Animation Director)

Manga Division

Head of the Jury: NAGAI Go (Manga Artist)
HOSOGAYA Atsushi (Associate Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University)
KAWAGUCHI Kaiji (Manga Artist)
MURAKAMI Tomohiko (Professor, Kobe Shoin Women's University)
SAITO Chiho (Manga Artist)

Special Achievement Award

General Critiques


Professor, The University of Tokyo Graduate School

The Japan Media Arts Festival was launched with an open entry system due to invite works using new methods or innovative expressions. This system opened the festival's doors to everyone from professional to amateur alike. As a result, it has produced tremendous outcomes with the discovery of outstanding works from countries and regions whose creative activities have rarely been introduced in Japan so far.
The number of entries has continued to increase, and we received the largest number ever this year to 2,645 works in total. This enormous number of entries caused the jury a tough time too, as the number of prizes available is only a small fraction of the total number, with only one prize available for every 110 works submitted.Nonetheless, given our initial objective to make the Japan Media Arts Festival a prize event that is open to as many people as possible, we have kept the number of prizes unchanged since the festival's inception.
In the process of screening this year's entries I think that there were two points on which the jury concurred. Firstly, there was a tendency to move away from evaluation focusing on technological novelty in the submitted works, and secondly, that a new field is in the process of being formed within Media Arts. Although it was once the case that these works represented new forms of expression, and while there was probably a tendency for technological innovation and methods of use to be evaluated highly, it is now the case that digital expressive technologies have become wellestablished and have matured, and are forming a tangible field of expression in their own right.
With regard to the Exhibition of Award-Winning Works, I should also add a small addendum. According to the April 2010 edition of The Art Newspaper (published in the United Kingdom), the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival held in 2008 was ranked in the world's 14th position in the number of visitors ranking of art exhibitions worldwide.