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Call for Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo (A-AIR) Programme in Japan, 2016

Applications are invited for Artist in Residence Tokyo (A-AIR) Programme from outstanding young animation artists from around the world. This residence program provides artists with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. Their period of stay will be 70 days between the 7th of January and the 17th of March 2016, during which time they will receive funds to cover travel, accommodation, educational fees, and other expenses. The application deadline is September 10th, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Grants are awarded in the field of Animation production.
Course Level: Grants are available for 70 days residential programme.
Scholarship Provider: The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho)
Scholarship can be taken at: Japan

Eligibility: 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 their own were also screened/featured.
-Be between the ages of 20 and 35 as of September 10th, 2015.
-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).

Scholarship Open for International Students: International applicants can apply for this programme.

Scholarship Description: 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.

Number of award(s): Three applicants will be accepted.

Duration of award(s): The period of stay will be 70 days between January 7th and March 17th, 2016.

What does it cover? Support includes travel expenses, living allowance, travel insurance, rental accommodation (including workspace), location: Tokyo, expert assistance, opportunity to present work done during residency and opportunities to interact with Japanese creators.

Selection Criteria: 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.

Notification: Those selected will be contacted by mid-November and once all conditions of participation have been confirmed the selection will be formally announced.

How to Apply: To complete the application process, please send application forms and the following required documents and materials via email attachments to the following address: entry2016-at-japic.jp.
-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.
-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.
-Proof of age and citizenship (e.g. a photocopy of your passport).
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.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 10th, 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application