Animax Awards, which hitherto has been staged in Japan since the last five years, is going to be staged across Asia this year. The extension of the competition will mean that applicants from seven regions across Asia will be able to participate. These regions include Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Top entries from each region will enter the finals where the grand prize winner will have his or her entry developed into an original production and take home JP¥ 2 million (approximately US$18,000). A Japanese animation company will handle the production.
The theme will be ‘A story I Want Animated’ and contestants will be free to create 30-minute scripts that may be in screenplay, novel or comic format. They also have the option of incorporating original characters created by Animax into the scripts and develop unique and creative works of art.
Ricky Ow, General Manager, SPE Networks, Asia, which is the broadcaster of Animax in 17 countries across Asia, says, “The animation industry is thriving around the world and as a leader in providing the ultimate animation entertainment and lifestyle, and Animax is dedicated to play a role in shaping the animation industry of the future. Animax Awards is truly a dream come true for aspiring animators.”
Creative professionals from Japan, including renowned sci-fi and adventure writer Baku Yumemakura, will judge top entries from each region entering the finals. The other judges include people who are passionate and professionally connected to the creative world of animation, film and design.
Animax is inviting contestants to submit their 30-minute original script. The last date for submission is May 31. Visit www.animaxawards.com for more information on how to participate.