The Agency for Cultural Affairs organizes participation in various overseas media arts festivals etc. through projects planned and managed by NHK international, Inc. The aim is to introduce outstanding works in such fields as media art, video, the websites, videogames, cartoons and comics. Exhibitions, screenings, presentations and so on are arranged at overseas media arts festivals and other facilities with their focus on award-winning works from the Japan Media Arts Festival.

Organizer:The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Administration: NHK International, Inc.
Advisor: YOSHIOKA Hiroshi (Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University / Aesthetics and Art Theory)
MOURI Yoshitaka (Musical Creativity and the Environment, Tokyo University of the Arts / Sociology)

Japan Media Arts Festival

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (=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 18th Festival received 3,853 works from 71 countries and regions around the world, demonstrating is 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 for Cultural Affairs which aims to develop and promote the creation of Media Arts by focusing primarily on the new generation of artists.

Works Presented Abroad

The project for participation in overseas media arts festivals commenced in 2009 and has so far been implemented at 64 festivals and media arts-related facilities and institutions in 28 countries around the glove. Japan Media Arts Festival overseas comittion were also organized at 7 places in 5 countries between 2002 and 2012.

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Reference: 18th Japan Media Arts Festival General Information