Entry Rules

Our mission

The Japan Prize believes educational content has an important role in contributing to both individual growth and social development, by fostering our aspirations to learn, reflect, and empathize. As a platform to confront the challenges of our times and societies and pursue the meaning of education, the Japan Prize is looking for universal, richly novel and creative content that inspires us, educates us, and encourages us to take action for the betterment of our world.

Purpose of the Proposal Division

In order to contribute to the development of educational broadcasting around the world, the Japan Prize supports the realization of ideas for educational programs in countries/regions with limited budgets and/or technical facilities.

* All countries and regions other than those listed in the link below are eligible to enter.

List of countries and regions that are NOT eligible to enter

Prize-winning organizations are required to produce and premiere the proposed program by September 30th, 2023, and to report the progress of the production to the organizer.

Important Dates

April 1st
Entry opens
June 30th
Deadline of entry
* All required materials (including Entry Form, movie file, etc.) should arrive at the Secretariat by June 30, 2022.
September 12th
Announcement of Finalists on website
Starting late September
Preparatory Workshop
October
Final Presentation Session
*Finalists will be required to do a presentation in front of the Final Jury Members. All Final Jury Members will judge the Proposal Division.
November 1-4th
Japan Prize Festival
(Awards Ceremony to be held on Nov 4th)

Entry Fee

There is no entry fee.

Prizes

  • The Best Proposal Prize
    (The Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize) US$ 10,000
    The most outstanding proposal for a program which will contribute to education in an entrant’s country/region
  • Excellent Proposal Prize
    (The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan Prize) US$ 6,000
    An excellent proposal for a program which will contribute to education in an entrant’s country/region and to the promotion of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development)
    * Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development.

Entry Eligibility

  • (1) All countries and regions other than those listed in the link below are eligible to enter.
    List of countries and regions that are NOT eligible to enter
  • (2) Entrants must be established organizations such as the following. Individuals are not eligible.
    • Broadcasters
    • TV/Film production companies
    • Educational research institutions
    • Established NPOs, etc.
    IMPORTANT:
    If the entering organization is not a broadcaster, entrants must determine the premiere media and date prior to the entry.
  • (3) Any producer who won the Best Proposal Prize once or the Excellent Proposal Prize (formally called the Special Prize) twice is not eligible to enter the Proposal Division.

Entry Conditions

  • (1) The entry must be a proposal for a program with educational aims. Entering organizations may submit one proposal in each target age group below.
    • Children (0 to 12 years old)
    • Teens (12 to 18 years old)
    • Adults (18 years and older)
  • (2) The proposal must be realistically producible with the Japan Prize prize money alone or with any additional funds. Prize-winning projects must be completed and premiered to the public by the most practical and effective means of distribution (e.g. TV broadcast, internet streaming, theatrical and non-theatrical release) by September 30, 2023 in the entrant's own country/region. Upon completion of the program and premiere, prize-winners must hand in an Impact Report which should specify release media, release date, viewership and viewer feedback. Details will be provided from the Japan Prize Secretariat.
  • (3) The proposal must appropriately address the educational needs of the entering country/ region.
  • (4) The length of the program can be up to 60 minutes.
  • (5) Finalists will be required to do a Final Presentation in front of the Final Jury Members. Prior to the presentation, all finalists will be required to attend the Preparatory Workshop. Details will be provided from the Japan Prize Secretariat.

Entry Procedure

  1. 1. Read through the Entry Rules
  2. 2. Complete and submit an online Entry Form
  3. 3. Receive a confirmation email from the Secretariat
  4. 4. Entry complete

* By completing the entry form, you confirm that you have read and understood the Entry Rules of the Japan Prize.

Deadline: Thursday, June 30, 2022 11:59pm (Japan Standard Time)

Production and Premiere Requirements of the Prize-winner

  • (1) A memorandum will be exchanged among the organizer of the Japan Prize, the sponsoring organization and the entering organization regarding the rights and obligations of each party such as payment of the prize money which shall be used to cover the production costs of the proposal and production schedule.
    Half the prize money will be paid after the memorandum is concluded; the other half will be paid after the production is completed and premiered.
  • (2) The prize-winning organization must complete and premiere the proposed program within the organization’s country/region to the public by the most effective means of distribution (e.g. TV broadcast, internet streaming, theatrical and non-theatrical release) by September 30, 2023. Master quality movie file of the program (English version), along with any documentation verifying the premiere must be sent to the Secretariat. The documentation must also include an Impact Report specifying release media, release date, viewership and viewer feedback. Details will be provided from the Japan Prize Secretariat.
  • (3) The completed program must include credits indicating that the program was produced with the financial support of “The Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize” or “The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan Prize”, as appropriate.
  • (4) The prize-winning organization retains copyrights to the completed program.
  • (5) NHK may use the completed program for broadcast, screenings at events, and for promotional purposes as mentioned in Entry Material and Completed Program below.

Use of Entry Material and Completed Program

  1. Entering organizations must acknowledge that upon submission to the Japan Prize, they will be granting NHK to use the entry material and completed program of the prize-winning proposal, free of charge, for the purposes below:
    • (1) Domestic broadcast of prize-winning content
      In the event that the entry content wins a prize, upon completion of the program, NHK reserves the right to a single broadcast in Japan Prize-related programs on NHK’s domestic broadcasting service (including live streaming on NHK’s domestic service and one week of on-demand catch-up TV services. Live streaming will be geoblocked). This is to further promote the Japan Prize event and its quality to the general public.
      *In the case of broadcast, the film may be edited to meet NHK’s programming requirements and editorial guidelines.
      *The entrant shall be responsible for all rights clearances necessary for the broadcast above. With regards to the musical rights, the entrant warrants that the performing rights in all musical compositions and sound recordings contained in the Program(s) are: (i) controlled by Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers ("JASRAC") and/or an affiliated collection society; (ii) in the public domain or; (iii) controlled by the entrant.
    • (2) Promotion of the Japan Prize
      NHK reserves the right to use the entry material and completed program for the promotion of Japan Prize which will include the following:
      • Use of entry material and completed program during the Japan Prize Awards Ceremony.
      • Use of entry material and completed program on NHK’s broadcast, website, social media, and print.
    • (3) Public Screening
      NHK reserves the right to screen all or part of the completed program to the public and Japan Prize delegates during the festival and at other admission-free Japan Prize-related events organized by NHK, both within and outside of Japan.
    • (4) Japan Prize Streaming Site
      NHK reserves the right to stream all or part of the completed program on the Japan Prize Streaming Site for registered delegates for a limited term including the Japan Prize festival week. This site is a closed-circuit and will require an individually issued ID and password to view the content.
    • (5) Japan Prize Library
      NHK reserves the right to archive the completed program in the Japan Prize Library. The Japan Prize Library lends out copies of the films to schools/researchers/producers for educational purposes upon request. Commercial use and broadcast are strictly not included.
  2. The sponsoring organizations of the prizes, namely The Hoso Bunka Foundation and The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan, reserve the right to use all or part of the completed program of its sponsored award winner, free of charge, for the purposes of educational media research and their own promotional activities.
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Ineligible Countries / Regions

* This is based on the World Bank’s GNI per capita list. Countries and regions classified as “high-income economies” are not eligible.

  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas, The
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Channel Island
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea, Rep.
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao SAR, China
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norhern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Martin (French part)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Judging Criteria

Educational content has an important role in contributing to both individual growth and social development, by fostering our aspirations to learn, reflect, and empathize. Japan Prize, as a place to confront the challenges of our times and societies and pursue the meaning of education, looks for universal, richly novel and creative educational content.

In this division, the proposals will be evaluated based on the aims of supporting the realization of educational programs in countries/regions with limited budgets and/or technical facilities and contributing the development of educational broadcasting around the world.

Common Criteria for All Divisions

  • Whether the entry contributes to individual growth and lifelong learning
  • Whether the entry is effective for helping viewers/users understand others and/or foster empathy for others
  • Whether the entry offers effective suggestions for problem-solving and/or improving society

Criteria for the Proposal Pitch

(1) Setting Educational Goals
Are the educational goals designed to be feasible and deal with universal tasks of education and are they likely to be effective in solving issues in the entrant’s country or region?
(2) Content
Has the content been devised to provide viewers with learning opportunities or stimulate other educational activities based on effective learning?
(3) Creativity / Originality
Does the proposal have originality and creativity incorporated in the construction of its expression and directional method and offer attractive ingenuity for the target viewers?
(4) Production Process
Are budget and production schedule appropriately planned?
(5) Assurance of Broadcast
Does the producer have a clear plan to broadcast the completed program by the designated date?
(6) Copyright Administration
Does the proposing organization take full responsibility for obtaining all necessary copyrights clearances?

* NOTE: No jury member may participate in voting for any entry submitted by an organization to which he or she belongs or in the production etc. of which he or she has been involved.

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