International Invitation Program: Animation Artist in Residence, Tokyo 2014

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International Invitation Program for Animation Artists
Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo 2014 Application Guide

Deadline: Sept 9, 2013

1. Aims of the project:
This project, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho / Government of Japan), is an artist in residence program which aims to provide three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. In doing so, we aim to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture.
2. Target field: Animation production
3. Number of applicants accepted: 3
4. Duration of the program: 70 days between January 7th and March 17th 2014
5. Support provided

  • Travel expenses
  • Living allowance
  • Travel insurance
  • Rental accommodation (including workspace)
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Expert assistance
  • Opportunity to present finished work
  • Opportunities to interact with Japanese creators

6. Program summary

  • Education/training: participants will give reports on the progress of their work being created as part of the program and will receive guidance from accomplished Japanese animators/experts on a regular basis.
  • Visits/exchange events: participants will visit animation studios and participate in exchange events with artists and students enrolled in art programs at educational institutions.
  • Creation of a new work: participants will begin a new work while in Japan and present the finished work or one part of a work in progress at the end of their stay.

7. Conditions of participation

  • Applicants must:
  • Reside outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan.
  • Have had one of their animated works screened at an international film
  • festival, exhibition or similar event.
  • Be between the ages of 20 and 35 on September 9th 2013.
  • Be able to speak either English or Japanese at least well enough to communicate in everyday situations.
  • Be in good health.
  • Have access to the equipment necessary to participate in a remote interview (i.e. a computer capable of connecting to the internet and using
  • Skype).

8. Application period
Applications will be accepted beginning July 1st 2013. Application forms and all required documents/materials must be received by this office by September 9th.
9. Application procedure
A. Fill out the application formFill out the application form (you can download this( Excel ) form from the Japan Image Council website)
B. Documents/materials to be submitted:

  • Documents describing the work to be created as part of this program. It is preferable that applicants submit documents (story board, script, etc.) which make it possible to understand plans for the work in detail.
  • Upload up to 3 of your previous works to YouTube or Vimeo (include a password if necessary). In the case of an installation, upload any additional materials other than video and write the link at which they can be accessed on your application form.
  • Proof of a work having been screened at a film festival, featured in an exhibition, etc. (e.g. a copy of the list of works in a festival catalogue). Proof of more than one film having been screened is not required.
  • Proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of your passport).
  • To complete the application process, please send the application form (A) and the required documents and materials (B) via email attachments to the following address:
  • If your circumstances do not allow you to upload video to the Internet submission via DVD or other video media may be accepted. In such cases our office must be contacted in advance.

10. Selection
A selection committee composed of experts in this field will make two rounds of selections (the first based on applications, the second based on interviews conducted via the Internet) to arrive at a preliminary list of candidates to be invited to participate in the program. Those selected will be contacted at the beginning of November and once all conditions of participation have been confirmed the selection will be formally announced.

Full application details at Japan Image Council (Japic).

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