Interesting news for everyone who would like to try to work in Japan as an animator. The Japan Image Council has launched a program which will choose 3 foreign animators and offer them room and board for 75 days with the purpose of education and creating a work.
The Japan Image Council (JAPIC) and the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs have launched the Animation Artist in Residence program, which will offer three applicants room and board for 75 days in Tokyo for education, training, and workshops, with the goal of creating all or part of a new work by the end of their stay. The program is open to all participants ages 20-35 who have screened at least one work at any international film festival, are from a country other than Japan, and speak Japanese or English well enough to get by in Tokyo. The deadline for applications is September 10, 2010, and the program itself will run for 75 days between January and March 2011. Successful applicants will be provided with travel and living expenses, as well as opportunities to interact with Japanese creators.