Artist in Residence Program for Young Animation Creators – Tokyo 2015

Artist in Residence Program for Young Animation Creators – Tokyo 2015

Deadline: September 10, 2014

Applications are invited from young artists for the 2015 Artist in Residence Program taking place for 70 days between January 7th and March 17th 2015 in Tokyo. This project, organised 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.

Benefits – Support provided

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

Program Details

  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.


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, where works from countries other than your own are also screened/featured.
  • Be between the ages of 20 and 35 as of September 10th 2014.
  • 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).

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the application form (you can download this (Excel) form from the Japan Image Council website)

Documents/materials to be submitted

  • Documents 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.
  • Upload up to 3 of your previous works to Vimeo or YouTube (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 an international film festival, exhibition, or similar event, etc. (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 (e.g. It screens/features works from countries other than your own). 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: [email protected]
  • 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.

For more information, visit Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo.