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 to each of its four sub-categories: 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 it has held other events, such as symposiums, screenings, and showcases. Last year, the 18th Festival received 3853 works from 71 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 for Cultural Affairs that aims to develop and promote the creation of Media Arts by focusing primarily on the new generation of artists.
Focus in Japan Selection
This program comprises 10 works that focuses on Japanese Artists from the Award-winning works of the Japan Media Arts Festival 2015.
Curator | Masashi KOIDE
Animation Reasearcher and Profesor at Tokyo Zokei University, Masashi Koide was born in 1957 in Aichi Pref, and specialized in communication design, film and animation studies. He is the chair of the Japan Society for Animation Studies, a member of the ASIAF.
Opening visual | 1’54”
group/inou [EYE] | HASHIMOTO Baku & NOGAMI Katsuki | Japan | 2015 | 3’32”
OK Go “I Won’t Let You Down” | HARANO Morihiro, KULASH Damian, Jr., SEKI Kazuaki, NISHIDA Jun & furitsukekagyou air:man | Japan | 2015 | 5’20”
YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT / industrial robot vs sword master| YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT Team (ABE Mitsushi, Representative) | Japan | 2015 | 4’55”
Shizuku no kotoba (Dripping words) | MIYAOKA Mizuki & ISHIKAWA Yasuaki | Japan | 2015 | 2’05”
I Can’t Breathe | KIHATA Sayaka | Japan | 2015 | 8’09”
Nothing you need to see | ITO Keigo | Japan | 2015 | 3’38”
SUGAR LUMP | OKAWARA Ryo | Japan | 2015 | 3’50”
Zdravstvuite! | YUKI Yoko | Japan | 2015 | 5’38”
Voyage de Hokusai (Journey of Hokusai) | SHIRIAGARI Kotobuki | Japan | 2015 | 5’30”
unforgettable landscape (ROWAN TREE) | SAKAMOTO Natsumi | Japan | 2015 | 10’51”
Credits | 1’40”