【The 12th 1minute Projection Mapping Competition】

~ Open Call Guidelines ~

Theme: “Mirror” 


This is the 12th time this competition will be held (more than 10 years) in various places all over Japan and since 2021, the venue has been moved to the capital, Tokyo, making its 4th time this year.

While piling up its history, the number of participants and scale have grown, and at the same time, it has grown into a competition that requires even greater quality and innovation. Recently, a lot of video contents produced by generative AI have appeared, and last year was the first time a work using generative AI won the Grand Prize. We think that projection mapping is entering its period of maturity and is in need of new expressions and directions. 

We hope that all participants while following the theme will also certainly search and create new forms of expressions to give a sense of the next era.

【The 12th Competition Theme】


A mirror reflecting various things is a wonderful and mysterious existence. What can be seen is a real image but also a virtual one, giving you the feeling of another dimension.

Or, Like the mirrors in fairy tales, it might reflect the inner and wishes of the people looking at it. Is what we are facing the truth, or is it the future or our distorted wishes? “Mirrors” cannot help but stir up a variety of imaginations, and while they can be found easily in everyday life, as a creator aren’t they an attractive material?

In Japanese, it is said a mirror “reflects the heart and times”, or “a mirror of…” to describe a person who can be a role model.

Through the physical charms and effects of mirrors, such as kaleidoscopes and reflective water for example, as well as the world of images projected in the word “mirror”, please expand your imagination and express your “Mirror” as a “projection mapping video” for projection onto a large and beautiful architecture, Memorial Picture Gallery.

【 Competition overview 】
Competition Name:The 12th 1minute Projection Mapping Competition
■ Theme: Mirror
■ Planner: Projection Mapping Association of Japan

【 Projection Mapping Venue and Building Size】

  • Meijijingu Gaien Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery
    (Address: 1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0013 Japan)
    (Google Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/fWFZqTdD6cUirmfz7 )
  • Building size of the projection plane: Width 112m, Height 32.1m ( Center dome apex)


Submitted Video Data for the First Screening  

  • Please use the “Temp_1minutePM2024_Tokyo” composition in the After Effects distribution template as the final composition. 
  • Please submit the video exported from the “Projection_Preview” composition in the After Effects distribution template
  • *Please submit your video for the first screening with only the entry number and the length of the video displayed, as shown in the reference image below.
  • Rough sketches, still images, storyboards, and other incomplete works may not pass the preliminary screening. 
  • Contents Length: 1 minute to 1 minute 59 seconds 
  • Frame Rate: 30/fps 
  • Video Format: h264, mp4 recommended, embedded audio (WAV, mp3)  
  • Resolution: 1920 x 650 pixel 
  • Video Data Filename: Entry number_submission date.mp4
    Ex: 001_20240509.mp4 

Submitted Video Data for the Final Delivery (projection)  

  • Resolution: 6656 x 1920 pixel 
  • Content Length: 1 minute to 1 minute 59 seconds 
  • Frame Rate: 30/fps 
  • Video Format: MOV (Details will be announced later.) 
  • Audio: Embedded in the video content, and attach WAV data of the same length as the video 
  • Video Data Filename: Entry number_team_submission date.mov
    Ex: 001_Teamname_20240509.mov 

Production Video Template2D & 3D 

The office will distribute template data to those who have entered the competition.  
(*Secondary use of distributed materials, such as forwarding, reprinting, or publishing to others, is prohibited.) 


Application Period for 2023 】 

  • Entry Begins:  May 09, 2024
    └ The office will send various information to those who have entered as needed.  
  • Entry Deadline: July 09  (Japanese time GMT + 9, at 23:59:59)   
  • Video Data Delivery for First Screening: July 23 (Japanese time GMT + 9, at 23:59:59)
    └ Format: h264, mp4 recommended, resolution: 1920 x 650  
  • First Video Screening: From July 24   
  • Announcement of Finalists’ Works: Scheduled for early August, notification and announcement as soon as the decision is made (all applicants will be notified by e-mail and notified on the website)  
  • Final Video Data Delivery: August 25 (Japanese time GMT + 9, at 23:59:59)  
    └ Resolution: 6656 x 1920 
    └ Format: Details will be announced later
  • Screening of Finalists’ Works and Announcement of Results: September 14 2024 


Number of Videos to be Screened  

  • Finalists Works: Approximately 18 to 20 Works will be screened.  

*Finalist works that have passed the screening may not be screened depending on the state of the final work (completeness, inappropriate content, copyright infringement, incomplete data, etc.). This will be notified to applicants in advance.  

*Submitted works that are not selected as finalists will also be projected and recorded outside of the screening time for those who wish (Submission of video data in full resolution is required), and the video data will be given to each creator. (However, this is not a guarantee.)  


【 Requirements Information 】  

Upon Entry

  • Creator’s name, team name, company name (name to be written and announced) 
  • Creator and team profile (approximately 100 words)
  • Images of the creator/creator team, logo
  • Representative’s name and contact information (e-mail, address, telephone number) 
  • Name of country 
  • Website URL, Facebook page, blog, etc. 
  • Any other special notes or points to be noted when submitting the application

Upon Submitting Video Data(First Screening)

  • Title of the work 
  • Explanation of the concept, theme or content of the work (approximately 100 words) 
  • 1 captured image of the work (6656 x 1920 pixels) 
  • Video data of the work for the first screening (MP4 format, embedded audio)
    *The distributed template (Illustrator/After Effects) has columns for “Team Name,” “Title,” and “Video Length. Please fill in those fields and submit the form.
  • Please check the “Projection_Preview” composition in the distributed template (After Effects) to see how the image will look when actually projected. 
  • Please export the “Projection_Preview” composition in the template (After Effects) when you export the video. 


How to Apply and Submit Video Data

  • Please fill out the following form to submit your entry. 

(*Template data and other documents for production will be distributed to those who enter.)

  • Submission: Please use the work submission form provided in the email sent to applicants. 
  • Upload your work to a shared server on the Internet, etc., and enter the URL for downloading in the work submission form. 

 Awards and Supplementary Prizes

  • Grand Prize: 2 million yen, trophy, supplementary prize, invited as a guest creator for the next competition.
  • Second Prize: 500k yen, trophy, supplementary prize
  • 3rd Prize: 200k yen, trophy, supplementary prize
  • 4th Prize: 100k yen, trophy, supplementary prize
  • Audience Award: 100k yen, trophy, supplementary prize  

*Finalists will receive a travel and lodging subsidy for one person (3 days/2 nights, amount is capped) when visiting the screening in mid-September.

Experts, guest creators, organizers, and other details are to be announced at a later date.

Notes on Application】 

Please read the following carefully before applying. We reserve the right to reject any application that does not comply with the regulations.

  1. It may not be accepted as a judging work in the following cases. 

    1. If the video does not follow the production format (in the case where the video is not mapped) 
    2. If the video is damaged or cannot be played. 
    3. If the video is significantly offensive to the viewers, with excessively stimulating expressions, sexuality, strong religious views, or political messages. 
    4. The video length is less than or exceeds the regulation (1min ~ 1min 59sec) 
  2. The submitted work is guaranteed to not infringe on the intellectual property rights and ownership of third parties. In the unlikely event that a dispute is filed by a third party due to infringement, the applicant himself/herself is solely responsible for the financial burden (including the attorney’s fees) and compensation of the damage so that all parties involved in this project are exempted from liability. 
  3. Please make sure that you can manage the copyright of materials such as photos/videos/music/sound effects used in the submitted work. 
  4. The organizer/planner may not be responsible for any copyright infringement issues or claims. Any work that infringes on the rights of others will be disqualified, and if the infringement is discovered after the award has been received, the award will be cancelled and the prize money and extra prize money will be returned.
  5. Since a wide range of people, from children to the elderly, will be watching the films at the venue where they will actually be screened, please be considerate of the sensible content of the films.
  6. Entrants are prohibited from publishing their videos, on-site recordings, etc. on the web, social networking services, or other places where third parties can view them without permission before the results of the judging of this competition are announced. (To ensure the fairness of the judging process). However, videos and information that are made available to the public by the organizer/planner may be shared. If you break this rule, you may be disqualified from participating in the competition.
  7. The distributed template data for production must not be reprinted, distributed, or released to the public without permission.
  8. Any other comments or posts on social networking sites that may affect the judging or the competition may result in disqualification from participation in the competition.

Other Copyrights and Usage Rights  

  1. 1. The copyright of the submitted video and audio data belongs to the creator or the creator team. However, the Projection Mapping Association of Japan (hereinafter referred to as “Mapping Association”) may, under its administrative responsibility, adjust the images (brightness, contrast, color tone, volume, etc.) to make them suitable for screening, but the creator shall not exercise moral rights against these actions.
  2. The Mapping Association, the organizing executive committee, the co-sponsors, and the Mapping Association reserve the right to use the video data of the submitted works in perpetuity under the control of the Mapping Association, and may continue to show them at the same venues and at related events, demonstrations, and other projects after the completion of the project.
  3. The Mapping Association, the organizing executive committee, and co-sponsors may record videos and photos of this event.
  4. The Mapping Association, the organizing executive committee and co-sponsors may develop and sell various goods and products using the recorded images and videos of the projection mapping performed at the venue.
  5. The organizer/co-sponsor and the photographer shall retain all ownership rights to the recorded images and videos taken by the organizer/co-sponsor/planner.
  6. The Mapping Association, the organizing committee, the co-sponsors, and the event sponsors may use the images provided and the recordings taken for publicity and reporting of the event, as well as for introducing projection mapping and the event.
  7. If there are co-sponsors, sponsors, or cooperating companies, they may use the screenings, etc. for their own product advertisements and promotions under the control of the Mapping Association.
  8. Upon submitting entry document, the applicant agrees to all of the above and promises not to exercise copyright or moral rights against any use, including secondary use, by the Association, the organizing executive committee and co-sponsors.

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【Contact, Question】

Competition office (in Projection Mapping Association of Japan)