The Sapporo International Short Film Festival continues to attract between 2800 and 3500 entries per year across all genres cementing its reputation as one of Japan's largest and most respected showcases of short form cinema. The festival offers one of the best opportunities available for filmmakers looking to expose their creative works to large audiences and to submit for appraisal by high profile international jury members in the heart of the burgeoning Asian transnational film scene.

Since its inception in 2006, the festival has received more than 40,000 entries from 145 countries and boasts an average annual festival audience of 8,000 film enthusiasts. The high volume of entries each year allows for the curation of an extensive and diverse array of programs of both Japanese and International films of the highest quality in various competitive categories. Selected films are professionally showcased, subtitled in Japanese, and screened in state of the art cinema surrounds.

The Japanese and International programs in competition are complimented by specially curated programs by festival and industry partners from around the world, an extensive selection of off- theatre Japanese shorts programs, along with numerous industry workshops and seminars. A total of around 150-200 films are screened each year in competition and in one-off boutique programs.

Sapporo Short Fest on Youtube
All the winning films SSF2019

One Title Section: The Grand Prix Film
One Title Section: Category Awards
Best Director / Best Asian Short* / Best National Short / Best Hokkaido Short /
Best Contemporary & Experimental Short / Best Animation / Best Documentary / Best Mini Short (Under 5 min) / Best Non-Dialogue Short / Best Student Director / Best Original Score / Best Children Short* / Best Comedy*

*Best Asian Short Award: The award film will be chosen from submitted film and invited films.
Nominated Asian countries are
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China (Rep. of China, Hong Kong, Macau), East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippine, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

*Best Children Short Award: Children jury who is under 12 years old will choose the award.
Nominated films are chosen from Family & Children programme.

*Best Comedy Award will be voted by audience.

*Best Documentary Award would come with cash prize.

*Any documentary shorts less than 10 mins and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) subject are also welcome.

Optional Awards: depending on official selection
Best Screenplay / Best Editing / Best Cinematography / Best Actor, Actress / Best Child Actor, Actress

These awards are judged by high profile and influential creative talent and industry professionals invited to participate as members of its awards committee Jury each year.

1) Films completed after: January 1, 2019
2) Maximum duration: 30 min
3) Country of production: All countries
4) Screening format: AppleProRes422 HQ/LT, MP4 (more than 50MBPS)
5) Accepted genres: All genres, including music video, online video
6) Music rights: cleared
7) Dialogues: If the dialogue language is not English, preview copy and screening film must be subtitled in English
8) Short Film Market: All the submission will be registered to the short film market.

SSF2020 Regulations for FFW.PDF

*Any Japanese Production films willing to receive Japanese/world premiere status please submit from submission period is different. (日本制作作品でワールドプレミアを希望される場合は、募集日程が違いますので、 よりご応募下さい。)

Overall Rating
  • Mary Lou Belli

    I have multiple films in this fest over multiple years and it continues to delight! The folks are so friendly and so dedicated to film both in their own country and internationally. Sapporo as a city is so metropolitan and has great food and accomodations. I would highly recommend this fest to anyone!

    October 2018