About the IMAF

The International Manga and Anime Festival Design returned for a third year in 2006, in partnership with its sponsor, CineAqua. CineAqua is the company behind the Animation and Aquarium Experience in Paris.

It took place in November 2006 in the grand venue of London’s County Hall. The overall prize fund amounted to $85,000, of which $75,000 was cash. The awards invited entries from professional illustrators and animators as well as dedicated amateurs.

Previous winners have found their careers launched through the success they attained at the IMAF. Kosal Sok, a former winner, became Head Animator for the Trocadero Studio in Paris. Joanna Zhou, who won the 2005 Student Children’s Manga Storyboard, became a resident ImagineFX artist. One judge for the 2005 IMAF awards was Sonia Leong, who has produced a huge amount of illustrations that have appeared in many films and campaigns.

The Director of Trocadero Studio, Andrew Prentice, said prior to the 2006 design awards, “We wanted to try something different, so have new and exciting categories for this year, including one to design a character that will be made into an animation by the animators at Trocadero Studio.” These awards proved to be even more exciting than the two previous years and many of its winners went on to enjoy further success in the manga art world.



This website is a tribute to the International Manga and Anime Festival Design and Animation Competition. We provide information about the IMAF: its history and who the past winners were.

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