The official website for the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) hosted by the TAAF executive committee and the Association of Japanese Animations, announced on Monday, June 6, 2022, that the 10th Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF2023) has started accepting entries for their competition for the year 2023.
The competition, which is for animated movies, has two categories namely the Feature Animation category (movie’s length should be more than 60 minutes) and the Short Animation category (movie’s length should not more than 30 minutes).
Participants from all over the world, regardless of being amateurs or professionals, can submit works completed on or after Jan 1, 2021 for both feature-length animated category and short-length animated category. Only works that have not been theatrically released, released on paid video streaming, broadcast, or distributed in Japan for profit are eligible for the competition.
All other works will be eligible for TAAF’s Anime of the Year category. Anime of the Year for TAAF2023 has not begun accepting entries yet.
The “Best Student Film Award,” which was introduced in TAAF2021, for directors enrolled in an educational institution in Japan, has also started accepting entries. The student film award comes under the Short Animation category.
The deadline for Short animation is Oct 31, 2022, while Feature animation entries will be accepted till Nov 10, 2022. Once the deadline is finished, the Preliminary Selection Committee will select the nominees for the final judging. The result of the selection process will be communicated to successful applicants, and the list of nominated films will be posted on the TAAF official website.
The following awards will be handed over to the winning films.
- Grand Prize (both for Feature and Short, a cash award of 500,000 yen)
- Award of Excellence (both for Feature and Short, a cash award of 100,000 yen)
- Best Student Film (entries in Short Animation, a cash award of 100,000 yen) and other prizes (if applicable).
TAAF2023 is set to be held in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, from March 10 to 13, 2023.
Its aim is “discovering and developing new talent, contributing to the promotion of the animation culture/industry, and conveying the appeal of Tokyo as promoting tourism in the city.”
The official website released a new video depicting the highlights of TAAF 2022.
The Tokyo Anime Awards started in 2002 but was named in 2005. The first, second and third award ceremonies were simply named ‘Competition’.The award ceremonies were held at the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) until 2013.
In 2014, after the merger of the Tokyo International Anime Fair with the Anime Contents Expo and the formation of the AnimeJapan convention, the Tokyo Anime Awards was changed into a separate festival called Tokyo Anime Awards Festival (TAAF).
Source: TAAF website