New Danish artist residency seeks to strengthen ties with Japan through animation, games and new media

Sunny Side of the Doc is very pleased to support NipponNordic Universe Accelerator, a 3-weeks artist residency of skill-up training and cooperation between Japan and Denmark.


Hosted by The Animation Workshop, the participants will develop worlds and original concepts.

In September 2017, The Animation Workshop, Scandinavia’s leading center for animation, visualization, and graphic storytelling, will gather acknowledged tutors to supervise NipponNordic participants.
Their goal will be to enhance their concepts: universes, story worlds and paper-prototypes, either related to video or mobile games, animation TV series, documentaries, serious games, VR, AR or transmedia, that could resonate across
both territories and beyond.

The participants are selected by a committee based on their proposed projects and will be:

  • junior or intermediate artists with a background as directors, new media concept artists, writers, storyboard artists or game designers
  • Japanese (living in Japan or abroad), Korean or Chinese (special permanent residents in Japan), Danish (living either in Denmark or abroad) or foreigners (currently living or running a company in Denmark).

On the last day of the residency, during Viborg Animation Festival (VAF), the participants will get the opportunity to pitch their concepts in front of a jury of high-level professionals from both territories, advising them
on the best ways to reach the market and get into production. The best projects awarded will get the chance to go on with their development through additional residencies and to access pitching sessions in major festivals and partner-events throughout Europe and Asia (such as Annecy MIFA Pitches, Digital Creation Pitch at Sunny Side of the Doc 2018, Cartoon Connection Asia, Japan Content Showcase, etc).

NipponNordic Universe Accelerator is a part of the big event Kawaii & Epikku: first and largest show in Denmark about Anime, Manga and transmedia content. Through screenings, meetings, conferences, exhibitions, workshops
and public events, The Animation Worskhop will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of Japanese & Danish diplomatic relations, Endorsed by the Japanese Embassy in Denmark.

NipponNordic_Logo_Black_72ppi_whiteBGKey dates in 2017

  • Launch of Applications: February 13
  • Deadline for Applications: April 14
  • Pre-selection Interviews: Beginning of May
  • Final Selection: Mid-May
  • Workshop: September 11 to 29
  • Pitching Session: September 29

About the project

NipponNordic Universe Accelerator is a program designed and organized by The Animation Workshop – VIA University College, in partnership with Office H/ASF Partners (Japan), and Arsenalet/Arsenalet Game Incubation (Denmark).


For more information, please contact:
Clemence Bragard, Project Manager for TAW | +33 787 599 419 |
Hiromi Ito (Office H/ASF Partners), Project Coordinator for Japan |