Entries for the Miyagi Sendai Animation Grand Prix 2013 competition are being accepted through Jan. 18.
Hosted by the Miyagi prefectural government and other entities, the contest will mark the fifth installment next year.
The event is aimed at promoting and developing anime culture and business in the Tohoku region, which is still reeling from the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake last year.
The contest offers an opportunity for local artists to find recognition and help them carve out a professional career in the anime industry.
A special project got under way last year to rebuild the Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum, which is dedicated to manga giant Shotaro Ishinomori and was badly damaged by the tsunami spawned by the earthquake.
In addition, the Reconstruction category was established to include anime shorts of no more than 250 seconds in length.
The category will also be in place for 2013, but it will only accept anime shorts created by students living in Miyagi Prefecture.
On the other hand, the Student category will accept anime shorts created by students from senior high schools, vocational schools, colleges and other institutions across the country.
The General category will include anime shorts produced by all applicants except students.
The top Grand Prix award will be given, with two or so outstanding awards given to works in each of the three categories. Several special award winners will also be selected.
Award-winning works will be announced in Sendai and screened at the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2013 in March.
For more information, visit the official website at (http://www.1038anime.jp/index.html).
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