Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia is an Academy Awards® accredited festival where the winner of the Best Short awards in the Official Competition supported by Sony, Animation Competition 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
【Animation Competition】
Best Short Award  600,000 Yen
【Cinematic Tokyo Competition】
Best Short Award  1,000,000 Yen
【Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony's Xperia】
Best Short Award  600,000 Yen
【BRANDED SHORT】
Branded Shorts of the Year

In addition to above,
・Biogen Award
This award will be selected out of the films nominated to SSFF & ASIA 2022 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”.

・Deloitte Digital Awards
This award will be selected out of the films nominated to SSFF & ASIA 2022 Branded Shorts.
Deloitte Digital and Committee for Short Shorts will select Deloitte Digital Award, with theme of “fusion of digital and humanity” under the following criteria: Purpose, New, Design, Human Experience and Engagement.

・HR BRANDED SHORTS 2021
It will be selected from among the submitted works of BRANDED SHORTS, which have the purpose of recruiting human resources (HR) and can feel the philosophy, characteristics, and message of companies and organizations.

・Visual Tourism Award, Japan Tourism Agency Commisioner's Award
This award will be selected out of the films nominated to SSFF & ASIA 2022 Branded Shorts.
Among tourism promotional films, movies, and videos produced in all 47 prefectures in Japan, the Grand Tourism Award (Commissioner of Tourism Award) will be given to the most creative, promotional, and topical work, based on the perspective of tourism promotion.

- 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 2022 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 2022 in Tokyo.
- Films streamed online with Japanese subtitles and/or in the Japanese language before and/or during Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2022 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, animation films and music videos.
3. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2020.
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>
- Shortlists will be announced every month starting from October, 2021.
The Final selection will be made from the shortlists and be announced by the end of April 2022 on the official festival website.
- The selected film will also be streamed online on the festival online venue.

Sony Group Corporation, 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. (https://www.sony.com/)

【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, 2020. 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>
- Shortlists will be announced every month starting from October, 2021.
The Final selection will be made from the shortlists and be announced by the end of April 2022 on the official festival website.
- The selected film will also be streamed online on the festival online venue.

【Animation Competition】
1. Animation. Animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time. Any animation technique is accepted.
2. Japan Premiere: Not required
3. Genre: Animation
4. Production Country: All
5. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2020. 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>
- Shortlists will be announced every month starting from October, 2021.
The Final selection will be made from the shortlists and be announced by the end of April 2022 on the official festival website.
- The selected film will also be streamed online on the festival online venue.

【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
<Other things to note>
-The selected films for this competition will be streamed online on the official festival online venue during the festival period.

【Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony's Xperia】
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, 2020. 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 Corporation, which is responsible for the Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S) business in the Sony Group. With the vision of "continuing to deliver Kando and Anshin to people and society across the world through the pursuit of technology and new challenges," Sony will create products and services in areas such as home entertainment & sound, imaging, and mobile communications. For more information, visit: http://www.sony.net/
<Other things to note>
-The selected films for this competition will be streamed online on the official festival online venue during the festival period.

【BRANDED SHORTS】
- Guidelines-
1. Release Period:
Branded movies that have/will have their first release between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.
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 2022.
- Criteria -
Submitted works will be evaluated on 7 criteria:
Cinematic / Storytelling / Emotional Appeal / Idea / Originality / Shareable / Branding Power

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<FESTIVAL TOUR>
The National and International Tour of the Festival will take place after SSFF & ASIA 2022 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 as a screening copy.
・ 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 2022 if selected without any screening fee.
・ 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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  • June W

    Glad that it still went on despite the pandemic. Very friendly staff! Wish I could have attended.

    July 2021
  • Nadira Ilana

    It was an honour to have been part of the festival this year! The staff were incredible and I really enjoyed their program. They did a great job promoting my short film, Were the Sun and the Moon to meet on their social media. Thank you once more. When the pandemic eases up I hope to be able to attend the festival in person.

    July 2021
  • Michael Greco

    It was an incredible honour to have Green Grass selected to the International Competition at Short Shorts. And the festival was excellent in terms of how quickly they responded to inquiries and social media mentions etc. despite the enormous time difference between Tokyo and Toronto.
    My only regret (a personal one) is that the Covid pandemic prevented me from travelling to Japan in-person to attend and meet everyone. That said, of all the festivals Green Grass has screened at, it was very exciting to see that more new fans of the film reached out after seeing it at Short Shorts than anywhere else! I think that says a great deal about the true quality and value of this festival. And I can't say enough to properly thank them for championing new filmmakers like myself, and the art of short film in general.

    June 2021
  • Hsieh Joe

    Although I was not able to attend because of COVID, Short Shorts staff was more than helpful in maintaining communications and updates to make you feel that you were there in person. Look forward to participating in a couple of years.

    June 2021
  • A really great festival !

    Such kind communication with the staff and a lot of support for our film.

    Highly recommended!

    June 2021