The Japan Foundation, Manila Grant Support

The Japan Foundation, Manila Grant Support for FY 2020-2021

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and its effects in the arts and culture sector, The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) opened its grant support initiative to support and encourage artists, organizations, practitioners and cultural workers in the Philippines and in Asia. Under the Asia Center Local Grant program, JFM extended its support for online-based projects to sustain creative and cultural platforms beyond borders and in times of travel restrictions and social distancing.

Despite the obvious challenges, unique and interesting forms of cultural collaboration, interaction, and people-to-people exchange emerged within online platforms. People from different parts of the world, with diverse backgrounds and professions in the fields of performing arts, visual arts, literature, architecture, experimental arts, etc., co-created and collaborated to provide art experiences and discussions in today’s online social landscape. Virtual tours of art exhibitions, online conferences and talks, as well as Zoom workshops presented innovative ways to present art projects, reaching some audiences that may not have had opportunities to attend such events due to physical distance. 

Within these projects,  three key themes and conversations emerged: concerns on livelihoods and sustainability in the art sector; the health and wellbeing of art practitioners; and fostering meaningful connections between artists, organizers, and audiences.

Below are the grant projects we supported for FY 2020-21. 

You ART Not Alone | Bonifacio Arts Foundation, Inc. (BAFI)
The Virgin Labfest 2020: KAPIT | Cultural Center of the Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino and Writer’s Bloc.
WifiBody [Virtual Bodies] 2020 | Contemporary Dance Network Manila
House2House | Mycs Villoso in cooperation with Padyak PH and Heero Curated Shop
ON-STAGE PROJECT Online Stage in ASEAN and Japan | Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts, Inc. (YATTA)
KUTAY: International Collaborative Theater in the New Normal | La Salle University Ozamis
I See You, I Hear You: Music for Caring | TRACK
“Leave Your Shoes Outside” Digital Sharing Session Series | Pineapple Lab and Fringe Creatives and Cultural Industries, Inc.
Sustaining Culture-Arts Programs through New Modalities | MSU-IIT Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG)
Conversation on Curation and Performance in the Time of Halting and Transition | Performance Curators Initiative
Pagmumulat sa Mundo ng Papetri | Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas
4th LIKHANDULA International Arts Exchange | ARTIST Inc.
PETA – BRDG International Online Collaboration | Philippine Educational Theater Association
Kuwento物語 (monogatari): Revisited Tales from Japan and the Philippines | Theatre Lapis – Manila
A Song for Captain Yamazoe | Artist’s Welfare Project and the Municipal Government of Dulag, Leyte
PAHAYAG Phase 3 | Rhosam Prudenciado Jr. and Mia Cabalfin
Fifth Wall Fest
No Touch-Touch |
Soup of Grace

Curating in Local Contexts: A Virtual Workshop | Load Na Dito Projects
bcc: in search for cures correspondence art in the pandemic | Baguio Art Lab
Sa Kada Liso May Paglaum (With Every Seed We Plant Hope) | KANTINA in partnership with ASAKUSA
NET_WORK | 98B COLLABoratory
VIVA ExCon 2020 | Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference
Right People, Wrong Timing | Green Papaya Art Projects

Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival 2020
18th Mindanao Film Festival | Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation, Inc.

International Conference on the Shared Histories  and Cultural Heritage of Japan and the Philippines | Grupo Kalinangan Inc.
Toward an Anthology of Japanese Presence in Mindanao, Philippines: A Writing Workshop among Japan and Southeast Asian Scholars| Ateneo de Davao University and Mindanao State University-General Santos Campus
#PandemicLiteratureProject | Philippine Society of Young Educators of Languages and the Arts-PSYELA
Bad Connection or Subtitles to Silence | Kwago Bookstore and Publishing Lab

This Feb 2021 Issue also includes:

Behind the Scenes

JFF PLUS: Online Japanese Film Festival
The Japan Foundation launched its first ever online film festival worldwide, opening with a Drive-in Cinema experience, and meeting interesting new challenges and successes along the way

Utsuroi: Live Archives
The Japan Foundation, Manila and Komunidad X launch a website for Contemporary Performance and exchange between Japan and the Philippines (

Activity Report

Animahenasyon 14: Philippine Animation Festival 2020
Director Kon Chiaki  gave a virtual talk after the special online screening of Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!: Ballerina of the Doll Kingdom

#WeAreAthletes Video Series
Initiated to promote physical fitness, inclusivity, and community in the Philippines, we launched Radio Taiso, a popular Japanese morning exercise, and Athletes’ Stories, featuring Japanese and Filipino Olympic Athletes and Para-athletes. 

14th International Silent Film Festival
The annual silent film event was held online for the first time, with JFM featuring classic animated films

The Philippine arts community continues to be vibrant and dynamic, and most importantly, compassionate and mindful in these times. The Japan Foundation, Manila is honored take part in this unwavering spirit of fellowship and collaboration.

The Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japan Foundation, Manila