It isn’t a secret that the Anime Industry is big business, especially in Japan. You have conventions such as Ikkicon in Austin TX, Anime Festival Asia in Singapore, and Japan Expo in Paris, France; with it becoming a huge phenomenon it isn’t a huge surprise that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided to step in and launch their own program.
“Anime Overseas Expansion Step-Up Program” aims to promote Japanese Animation to the Foreign Market, where it will include seminars, workshops and will offer foreigners to pitch their ideas for new anime through international contests. What else they’ll be offering is cash awards for these contests, and will even exhibit the winning pitches in next year’s MIFA (Marche international du film d’animation) animation market.
The Seminars will run between August through October of this year, it will be focusing on outlining the Foreign Anime Market, while the workshops will be happening sometime in November and will seek to train people to improve their presentation of pitches.
The contest that will be held is called “Tokyo Anime Pitch Grand Prix” will be ready for entries in February 2020 and will include a grand prize of One Million Yen. More information regarding the seminars, workshops, and Contest will be coming soon.