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Hiroshima Artist-in-Residence Now Open for Applications

Hiroshima Artist-in-Residence Now Open for Applications
Written by Noah Roy

Hiroshima Animation Season 2022 (the festival) is now accepting applications for “Hiroshima Artist-in-Residence (H-AIR)” program, which invites three animation professionals from Japan and overseas to stay in Hiroshima City for six months from May 1 to October 31, 2022.

Due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic, the festival has opened a second application period. The first application period, which ran from January 7, 2022 – January 31, 2022, has been extended. Beginning February 1, 2022, the second application period has opened and will remain open until the maximum number of invitees is reached with applications screened as received.

During the residency, invitees work on their own projects while participating in cultural exchange activities with both local residents, and the arts and culture community. (Residency areas: Tsurumi-cho, Yokogawa, and Minaga)

H-AIR eligible projects:

  • Unpublished new projects related to animation, as well as projects other than animation such as novels, comics, and films are eligible, if the projects are intended to be adapted into animation projects in the future. Additionally, research or study for the purpose of developing a project is eligible.

Interaction activities with local residents:

  • The program will include lectures and workshops for citizens, such as “Machikado Animation Class” (animation production project by citizens), as well as exchanges with residents of Hiroshima City and the areas where invitees stay, and people involved in art and culture.

Selection committee members:

  • Nobuaki Doi, Koji Yamamura, Shizuka Miyazaki

Invitation Period:

  • 184 days from May 1 to October 31, 2022

For more details and how to apply, please visit the festival’s official website.

Applications will be accepted from overseas artists and artists specialists, as well as and specialists working in Japan.

Applicants who pass the preliminary selection will be invited for a final online interview (scheduled for mid-February, for applicants of the first deadline), and will be notified of the results within one week.

Hiroshima Animation Season is held as a main project of the Media Arts Division of the Hiroshima Festival, which will be newly launched by the Hiroshima City August 1-28, 2022. It will be conducted in three divisions: Competition, Academy and Awards.

Source: Hiroshima Animation Season

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