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Your manga could become a movie

  • ¥300,000
    Grand Prize
  • Novelization
  • Chance to be made into
    Amazon Prime Video

*Japanese entries will not be accepted.

Yoshimoto Kogyo and Medibang are collaborating together to hold a contest
to gather talents all around the world.

Have your work chosen as the manuscript for a film that'll last throughout the ages!
The grand prize is 300,000 yen, novelization, and the chance to have your entry made into
an Amazon Prime Video!

The winning entry will be shown
at the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival 2017!

Who are Yoshimoto Kogyo?

Yoshimoto Kogyo is a talent agency with many affiliated entertainers.
It was founded in 1912 and is said to be the oldest entertainment production company in Japan.

Yoshimoto Kogyo boasts a great selection of the country's best comedians, with names such as Katsura Bunshi, Sanma Akashiya, Downtown, London Boots Ichi-go Ni-go, and Oriental Radio.

Nowadays, Yoshimoto Kogyo is not only a talent agency, but they also produce television programs and are involved in the Okinawa International Movie Festival and online works. They plan shows like Sumimasu Geinin, where entertainers are sent out into the world or other regions to befriend the local community, to broaden their scope around Asia and the rest of the world.

What is the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival?

This year marks the 4th Kyoto International Film and Art Festival.

Kyoto is said to be the birthplace of Japanese filmography, and we would like to broaden the landscape to include Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world with the motto of "Uniting in Kyoto".

The Kyoto International Film and Art Festival 2017 will not only focus on films, but also other areas such as art, performances, crafts, and theater.

Introducing the special guest judge!

Keiko Takemiya

[Famous Works]
Kaze to Ki no Uta (1976 - 1984)
Toward the Terra (1977 - 1980)
Izaron Densetsu (1982 - 1987)
Tenma no Ketsuzoku (1991 - 2000)

Born in Tokushima-shi, Tokushima Prefecture in 1950.

At age 17, she won honorable mention in the new rookie contest for Shueisha's Margaret and made her debut.
She also won the monthly new rookie contest for COM at around the same time.
While studying at the University of Tokushima, her manga - Mori no Ko Tohru - began serialization in Shogakukan's Weekly Shojo Comic.
Her work as a regular increased and she quit university in her second year. She moved to Tokyo and started her work as a full-fledged manga artist.

In 1980, she won Shogakukan's 25th Manga Award.
In the same year, one of her most famous works - Toward the Terra - was animated into a film.
In April 2000, she became a full-time professor of the Department of Manga at Kyoto Seika University's Faculty of Fine Art.
In 2006, it was promoted to the Faculty of Manga.
After working 4 years as the dean of the faculty, she held positions both as a professor in the Faculty of Manga and Graduate School of Manga Research.
In April 2014, she assumed the position of principal (for a four-year term).
Also, every year since the fall of 2000, she has held manuscript exhibitions in Kyoto and Tokyo for 13 years.
She presented her research at Kyoto Seika University under the title, "Manuscript", in 2003.
Each year, she calls upon many different manga artists to her Manuscript Exhibition.
She continues to work towards preserving and exhibiting important manuscripts as well.

In 2014, she was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan.

We've one more special guest! Stay tuned!

Enter in 3 easy steps

  • 1Draw a manga!

  • 2Add a tag!

    NipponMangaContest

    Required!

  • 3Submit to MediBang

    Submit

Users outside of Japan can use MediBang translation

  • 1Submit manga
  • 2MediBang
    translates
  • 3Judging commences

*Limited to English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, Russian, Spanish, French, and Vietnamese.

Submission Details

Entry Period
Apr. 22th 2017 - 11:59 p.m. Jul. 31st 2017 (JST)
Entry
[Entry Format]
No restrictions on format.
So long as it is a manga, any kind of work is OK.

[Entry Genre]
No limits on theme or genre.

[Entry Conditions]
Only works that have been released freely on the MediBang website can be entered.
To enter, you must add the tag "NipponMangaContest".

[Accepted Languages]
Only English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, Russian, Spanish, French, Vietnamese entries will be accepted.
*Japanese entries will not be accepted.
How to Enter
  1. Register a MediBang User.
  2. Click Submit on the MediBang website.
  3. Click Submit on the MediBang Creators page.
  4. Select a file type and click Upload under the Comics tab.
  5. In the Artwork tab, give your entry a title and the tag "NipponMangaContest" and click Complete.
  6. Click Publish on MediBang.
    Translation
    Your entry will be translated into Japanese for the judging process.
    Winner Announcement
    • Grand Prize: 300,000 JPY, novelization, and the chance that it may be made into an Amazon Prime Video.
    • The winner will be announced at the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival 2017!
    Prize Payment
    The prize money will be wired to your MediBang account.
    It will be sent to the entrant's PayPal account or wired to their bank account (the winner will bear the burden of any wiring fees).
    Caution
    By entering the contest, entrants agree to the Contest Rules. 
We strongly recommend that you read all the terms and conditions prior to entry.