Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia is an Academy Awards® accredited festival where the winner of the Best Short awards in the Official Competition, as well as the Non-Fiction Competition, will be eligible for nomination in the short film categories of the Academy Awards® the following year. The festival was founded in 1999 as The Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF), and since 2004, SSFF acquired a program specialized in Asian short films and established Short Shorts Film Festival Asia with the support of the Governor of Tokyo. Now, the combination of the two festivals take place annually in Tokyo as Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, one of the largest short film festivals in Asia.

【Official Competition supported by Sony / International, Asia International and Japan Competition】
Best Short Award 600,000 Yen (approx. US$6,000)
【Non-Fiction Competition】
Best Short Award  600,000 Yen
【Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony】
Best Short Award  600,000 Yen
【CG Animation Competition】
Best Short Award  600,000 Yen
【Cinematic Tokyo Competition】
Best Short Award  1,000,000 Yen
【Musical Short Film Pitch Competition】
Amuse Musical Award (Best Pitch) 300,000 Yen
【Vertical Theater Competition supported by smash】
Best Vertical Short Award 1,000,000 yen
Vertical Short Award 600,000 yen
U-18 Vertical Short Award 400,000yen
Encouragement Award 100,000yen (awarded to max. 10 vertical short films)
【BRANDED SHORT】
Branded Shorts of the Year

In addition to above, "Biogen Award" will be selected out of the films nominated to SSFF & ASIA 2021 competitions.
Biogen Award - 300,000 Japanese Yen
Biogen has continued to provide ethical pharmaceuticals for neurological diseases based on its vision of “Make Impossible Possible in Neuroscience”.
Among the films to be screened, the Biogen Award will be presented to a film that powerfully conveys the theme of “Make Impossible Possible”.

- COMMON RULES for ALL the competitions -
1. Duration: 25 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.
2. Language: English subtitles are required for submissions with languages other than English or Japanese.
3. Online submission ONLY. We do not accept DVD/BD screener.

【Official Competition supported by Sony / International, Asia International and Japan Competition】

1. Japanese Premieres Only (International & Asia International Competition only):
Your film MUST keep the Japan premiere status from August 1, 2020 until Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021 in Tokyo ends. The following cases will affect the Japan premiere status and will be disqualified.
- Films screened in Japan on any media and for any occasion including screening events, film festivals and so forth before and/or during Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021 in Tokyo.
- Films streamed online with Japanese subtitles and/or in the Japanese language before and/or during Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021 in Tokyo.
- Non-dialogue films available online will be ineligible.
*If the film is in a non-Japanese language, has no Japanese subtitles and is available online outside of Japan, it will still be eligible for the competition.
* Japan Premiere status is not required for Japan Competition
2. Genre:
All genres are accepted with the exception of non-fiction films and music videos.
3. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2019.
The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.
4. Production Country:
All. Submissions will be considered in three categories: Japan, Asia International and International.
Eligibility for each category will be determined by the festival committee based on the following criteria: director’s nationality, shooting location, language of the film, nationality of cast and source of funding.
Countries for the Asia International Competition are defined as:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rep. of China, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.
<Other things to note>
- Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances.

Sony, which has long supported the dreams of creators as an entertainment company powered by the latest technology, will collaborate with SSFF & ASIA as a sole supporter of the official competition.

【Non-Fiction Competition】
1. Documentary motion picture. It may employ any techniques as long as the film is made as a non-fiction film and the emphasis is on fact and not on fiction.
2. Japan Premiere: Not required
3. Genre: Non-Fiction
4. Production Country: All
5. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2019. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.
<Other things to note>
- Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances.

【Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony】
1. Short Films fully shot by smartphones. Any equipment could be used for editing. No limitation of brands of smartphones.
2. Japan Premiere: Not required
3. Genre: All genres
4. Production Country: All
5. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2019. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.

*This competition supported by Sony Mobile Communications Inc.,which produces smartphone Xperia ™ (Sony Mobile), aims to expand the creator's range of expression and opportunities for challenges.

【CG Animation Competition】
1. Any animated short films using either partly or fully computer –generated graphics.
2. Japan Premiere: Not required
3. Genre: Animation
4. Production Country: All
5. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2019. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.

【Cinematic Tokyo Competition】
1. Theme: “Tokyo”
“Tokyo” must feature in the film. You do not have to show the real Tokyo/shoot in Tokyo, however, as depictions can be based on your imagination or fiction.
Examples) Films shot in and around Tokyo
Films depicting locations or objects based on the image of “Tokyo”
Films depicting Tokyo 100 years from now
2. Japan Premiere: Not required
3. Genre: All genres
4. Production Country: All
5. Production Year: Not specified

【Musical Short Film Pitch Competition】
1. Theme
Musical Short Film Pitch
The film should consist of several musical works and/or songs and be fictional. Its projected run time must be under 25 minutes.
The music/songs do not need to be played throughout the film.
* We can only accept original pitches that do not infringe on the copyrights or intellectual property rights of any third parties, engage in defamation, or infringe privacy rights.

2. Required Materials
(1) Plot (Under 250 words)
(2) Photographic images of the world you envisage
(3) Sound images (the original songs preferred, otherwise please include the names of specific composers and singers or song titles.)
(3) Entrant profile
(4) Link to a show reel of past works or individual links to past works
(5) Projected run time

* We will notify entrants that qualify for the next stage of the competition about the results of the primary selection in March 2021. Successful entrants will be required to submit the following materials by a specific date (yet to be confirmed) to enter the next stage of the competition.
(1) Proposed cast and their profile
(2) Proposed location
(3) Screenplay for selected pitch
(4) License status
(5) Budget estimate

AMUSE INC(https://www.amuse.co.jp/en/)., a company creating and providing high quality entertainment not only in Japan but also outside of the country, is collaborating with SSFF & ASIA.

【Vertical Theater Competition supported by smash】
1. Vertical short film dimensions: (1080w x 1920h)
2. Japan Premiere: Not required
3. Genre: All genres
4. Production Country: All
5. Production Year: Not specified
* During the period of the film festival, the selected shorts will be screened worldwide online through the vertical theater app “smash.”, by Showroom Inc. Due to limitations of the app the short film may be divided into 3 parts. In those cases, we will request that you provide an edited version.

This competition is created to support the increasing effect on the film industry by the growing production of vertical short films with the support of the app “smash.”, produced by Showroom Inc(https://smash-media.jp/).

【BRANDED SHORTS】
- Guidelines-
1. Release Period:
Branded movies that have/will have their first release between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
2. Rules for Participation:
Submissions must be videos produced with the aim of communicating the brand or services of a company/organization to its customers. The company/organization can be part of any industry. The movie can be submitted by any relevant party; the company/organization it was produced for, the advertising company, the production company etc.
- Regulations -
1. In order to promote Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and Branded Shorts, selected works may be screened/streamed at events or via websites managed by the Committee for Short Shorts (operations company: Pacific Voice Inc.) or other third parties involved.
2. The entering company must receive approval from all related parties.
3. To avoid conflict with the aforementioned stipulation, please ensure that the individual rights relating to writers, performers, musicians etc. have all been cleared in advance before submitting.
- Other things to note -
1. If the submitted work is in a language other than English or Japanese, please submit an English or Japanese script or dialogue list.
2. Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances.
- Judging Process -
SSFF & ASIA will select nominated works. Nominated works will be introduced on the official website and then will be screened at SSFF & ASIA 2021.
- Criteria -
Submitted works will be evaluated on 7 criteria:
Cinematic / Storytelling / Emotional Appeal / Idea / Originality / Shareable / Branding Power
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<<Other Information for the Short Film Competitions (excl. the pitch competition.)>>
<FESTIVAL TOUR>
The National and International Tour of the Festival will take place after SSFF & ASIA 2021 in Tokyo ends. All selected films will be screened in Tokyo, but not all selected films will be screened at all locations. The filmmakers will be notified in case their films will be screened in the tour.
< PLEASE NOTE>> 
・ Works in progress will NOT be accepted.
・ If selected, filmmakers are required to provide an Apple ProRes file or NTSC HDCAM as a screening copy (except Vertical Theater Competition).
・ By submitting the film, the submitter acknowledges that the Festival has the right to screen the film in any competition or program at SSFF & ASIA 2021 if selected.
・ Festival venues, dates, awards, travel awards etc. are subject to change at any time.
・ Submission fees are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Please also confirm the regulations listed on our official website (https://www.shortshorts.org/en/creators/index.php.)

Overall Rating
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  • Barbara Elbinger

    Such a great festival! The communication and quality of the festival was superb.

    October 2020
  • Meg Igarashi

    I didn't get a chance to go but it was great to be part of such a big film festival. :)

    October 2020
  • Rebecca Manley

    I was over the moon that our film 'Of Thread and Almonds' was selected to screen as part of SSFF 2020. It is a strange year on the festival circuit but they made us feel included and valued. It was fun to take part in a Q&A session with DJ John. And I was flattered when he called our film 'A piece of magic'. Thank you SSFF for a great virtual festival. One day we hope to visit in person!

    October 2020
  • Salpa Films

    Really glad to be a part of Short Shorts 2020. Thank you for putting together a great event despite the pandemic.

    October 2020
  • One of the best festivals I've ever attended. This year with the pandemic they utilized what they could and made it filmmaker friendly and exciting. So glad to walk away with the award for our film After Class this year!

    October 2020