Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo (A-AIR) 2016 – Call for Entries

Deadline:  September 10, 2015
This project, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho), is an artist in residence program that provides 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. It aims to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture.
Target field   Animation production
Number of applicants accepted   3
Duration of the program   70 days between January 7th and March 17th, 2016
Support provided
   1. Travel expenses
   2. Living allowance
   3. Travel insurance
   4. Rental accommodation (including workspace)
   5. Location: Tokyo
   6. Expert assistance
   7. Opportunity to present work done during residency
   8. Opportunities to interact with Japanese creators
Program summary
   1. 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.
   2. Visits/exchange events: participants will visit animation studios and participate in exchange events with artists and students enrolled in art programs at educational institutions.
   3. 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.
Conditions of participation
Applicants must:
   1. Reside outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan.
   2. Have had one of their animated works screened at an international film festival, exhibition or similar event where works from countries other than their own were also screened/featured.
   3. Be between the ages of 20 and 35 as of September 10th, 2015.
   4. Be able to speak either English or Japanese at least well enough to communicate in everyday situations.
   5. Be in good health.
   6. 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).
Application procedure
A. Application Form
   Fill out application forms A/B/C.
B. Documents/materials to be submitted
   1. Reference materials describing the work to be created as part of this program (at least three minutes in length). It is preferable that applicants submit documents (story board, script, etc.) which make it possible to understand plans for the work in detail.
   2. Proof of a work having been screened at an international film festival, exhibition, or similar event (e.g. a copy of the list of screened works in a festival catalogue). Please make sure that the proof shows the event’s internationality (i.e. proof that it screens/features works from countries other than your own). Proof of more than one film having been screened is not required.
   3. Proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of your passport).
To complete the application process, please send (A) application forms and (B) required documents and materials 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.
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 by mid-November and once all conditions of participation have been confirmed the selection will be formally announced.
Inquiries: Japan Image Council (Kasumi Ozeki)
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