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Hiroshima International Animation Festival Contest 2014

Deadline: 1 April 2014
Open to: animators around the world
Awards: four main awards and several special prizes; being the Grand Prize approx. EUR 7,000


Hiroshima International Animation Festival is a biennial manifestation held in Hiroshima City in August, endorsed by Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA). It was established in 1985, as a project commemorating the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing. On the occasion of the 14th edition Hiroshima 2012, the competition attracted 2,110 entries from 63 countries and regions, and 34,715 people participated during the five days of the festival.

The fifteenth international animation festival Hiroshima has recently announced the Call for Entries for its 2014 competition, inviting entries from animators around the world. Short animated films of no more than 30 minutes, completed after 1st April 2012, can be submitted.

Hiroshima International Animation Festival was established in 1985, as a project commemorating the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing. From the beginning, Hiroshima City and ASIFA shared the same idea, that is, to promote the international mutual understanding and to pursue eternal world peace through the development of animation art, which is a medium common to all human beings beyond nations and languages. The creation of this festival was largely due to the earnest efforts of the two animation filmmakers like Renzo Kinoshita, who at that time was serving as a Board Member of ASIFA and the President of ASIFA-Japan, and Sayoko Kinoshita, who was serving as the General Secretary of ASIFA-Japan. Sayoko has been the festival director since the first edition, dedicating herself to lay foundation of this festival until today, and is now also the Vice-President of ASIFA and President of ASIFA-Japan.


The following are the qualifications required for entry works in the Festival:

  1. Entry works shall be made “frame by frame”, including computer graphics animation;
  2. Entries shall be either film or videotape;
  3. Films shall be presented in 16mm or 35mm format and use an optical soundtrack system. Films should also have a 3m leader;
  4. Videotapes shall be on HDCAM-NTSC or Digital Betacam-NTSC format. Videotapes shall start with a color-bar for 1 minute and 5 seconds black;
  5. Running time shall be within 30 minutes;
  6. Works shall be those that have been completed after April 1, 2012;
  7. Copyrighted characters, scripts, music, etc., cannot be used in the works without the copyright owner’s agreement. Failure to obtain such agreement will result in the works being disqualified from competition;
  8. Each film or videotape shall contain one work only;
  9. Works which have already been awarded prizes at other festivals are eligible. In this case, a listing of all awards and prizes received must be fully indicated on the entry form.


The official prizes are:

  • Grand Prize:¥1,000,000;
  • Hiroshima Prize: ¥1,000,000;
  • Debut Prize: ¥500,000;
  • Renzo Kinoshita Prize: ¥300,000.

There will be also a Special International Jury Prize and a Special Prize.  The Organizing Committee also welcomes certain organizations wishing to present its own special prizes and cash awards.


Entries will be accepted till April 1st, 2014.

Please fill this application form. Once fulfilled, print it and send it with the rest of the materials to the address:

International Animation Festival – HIROSHIMA 2014
4-17 Kako-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0812 JAPAN

For further information, please visit the official website.

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