With the goal of discovering and nurturing new talent in the field of animation, Production I.G is hosting the first ever “Indie Animation Award“. The total prize money will be JPY 1M, and the Grand Prize winner will also get to participate in a mentoring session with Production I.G President and CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Director Takayuki Goto.

Entries will be accepted via the mobile app “Anime Beans”, which allows not only the judges to view and rate the entries, but lets members of the public vote on their favourite entries as well. The submission period is from 23rd July 2018 to 30th September 2018. Entries must be at least 1 minute long and 15 minutes max. Flash and CG animation are acceptable.

For a complete listing of rules and regulations, do visit the official “1st Indie Animation Award” website. The “1st Indie Animation Award” is also supported by WACOM, Clip Studio Paint, and Sourcenext.