The 9th Miyazaki Chalk Contest

The 9th Miyazaki Chalk Contest

If you’re not familiar with Buffalo’s Miyazaki Chalk Contest, you might be surprised to learn that this year marks the ninth year in a row that the contest is being held at the North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue.

The competition is of course dedicated to the animation work of Hayao Miyazaki (Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, writer and manga artist) of Studio Ghibli Inc (a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo) .

Passionate fans of Miyazaki have found a fun, family-friendly way to pay homage to his work with a Miyazaki Chalk Contest, free for anyone and for chalk artists of all skill levels. Here’s the scoop:

Main themes: All chalks related to the work of Studio Ghibli or Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will be eligible for prizes from GKIDS Films and Gutter Pop Comics.

Secondary subject categories: This year, in anticipation of the August release of DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO, all chalks related to the theme of DRAGON BALL, DRAGON BALL Z, DRAGON BALL SUPER, etc., will be eligible for special DB-related awards.

If you get creative and mix and match DRAGON BALL through STUDIO GHIBLI, you will be eligible for both!

The general prize pack is TBD (they’ll be cool!) and will be sponsored by GKIDS Films (Studio Ghibli’s US distributor) and Gutter Pop Comics across the street.

Note: This year, the festival spans two days: July 23 to July 24. Artists will be judged on the value of a day’s work, except in extenuating circumstances.

Chalk starts Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. (But you can start any time after that.)

Final judging will begin at 9pm on Sunday.

11:30am Take a break to catch up with Miyazaki and Takahata panda! Go Panda! on the big screen!

PLUS: If you’ve missed any Ghibli posters over the years, KatyDid is throwing up a table with North Park prints, buttons, postcards and all kinds of cool stuff…!


  • Please use non-permanent materials
  • Admission is free
  • All skill levels are encouraged
  • Some chalk supplies will be provided
  • free water for chalk

Click here for more details


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