The Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF) started in 1999 and became an Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences accredited festival in 2004, where the winner of the Short Shorts Grand Prix is eligible to receive an Academy Awards® nomination. SSFF has now become one of the largest short film festivals in Asia. In 2004, SSFF received a request from the Governor of Tokyo to develop film programs showcasing Asian short films. This led to the establishment of the Short Shorts Film Festival Asia. Now, these two festivals take place in Harajuku and Omotesando, Tokyo simultaneously in June as the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.

****International, Asia International and Japan Competition****
Best Short Award 600,000 Yen (approx. US$5,400)
Audience Award 200,000 Yen (approx. US$1,800)

****CG Animation Competition****
Best Short Award  600,000 Yen

****Save the Earth! Competition****
Best Short Award  500,000 Yen

****Cinematic Tokyo Competition****
Best Short Award  1,000,000 Yen

(Awards are subject to change.)

****INTERNATIONAL, ASIA INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN COMPETITION****
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
1.Japanese Premieres Only:
Your film must not screen in Japan on any media, either commercially or in a festival or otherwise, before the festival in 2018. If your film is selected, you must agree to withhold it from exploitation on all media in Japan until after the festival. Films that have screened on the internet will NOT be considered Japanese premieres. For Japan Competition, any film available online from August 1, 2018 until the end of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2019 will not be qualified.

2.Genre:
All genres of shorts are accepted.

3.Production Country: All. Submissions will be considered in three categories:
Japan, Asia International, and International as Official Competition. .Eligibility for each category will be determined by the festival based on the following criteria: Director’s nationality, film location, language of the film, nationality of casts’ and source of funding.
*Asian countries are defined as:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China (Rep. of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan), East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippine, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

4.Running Time: 25 minutes and under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.

5.Production Year: The film must have been produced after June 1, 2017 for all competitions. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.

****CG Animation Competition****
1. Any animated short films using either partly or fully computer –generated graphics.

2. Japan Premiere: Not required

3. Genre: All

4. Production Country:
All. Production country will be determined by the festival committee based on the following criteria: director’s nationality, shooting location, language of the film, nationality of casts and source of funding.

5. Running Time: 25 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.

6. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2017. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.

****Save the Earth! Competition****
1. Film's theme regarding environmental issues.

2. Japan Premiere: Not required

3. Genre: All

4. Production Country:
All. Production country will be determined by the festival committee based on the following criteria: director’s nationality, shooting location, language of the film, nationality of casts and source of funding.

5. Running Time: 25 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.

6. Production Year: Not required

****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. Production country will be determined by the festival committee based on the following criteria: director’s nationality, shooting location, language of the film, nationality of casts and source of funding.

5. Running Time: 25 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.

6. Production Year: Not specified

【USEFUL INFORMATION】
(1) For any inquiries regarding shooting in Tokyo for this competition, feel free to contact the Tokyo Location Box (http://www.locationbox.metro.tokyo.jp/english/).

(2) Materials available on the Tokyo Stock Footage website can be used for this competition for free!
http://tokyo-footage.com/
Note 1: Except Zojoji Temple, Sensoji Temple and Roppongi Hills
Note 2: Please make sure to include “Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau” in the credits.

****BRANDED SHORTS****
【Guidelines】
1. Release Period:
Branded movies that have their first release between January 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
2. Duration: Under 25 minutes.
3. 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 shortlisted works from the entries submitted. Shortlisted works will be introduced on the BRANDED SHORTS official website.
Nominated works will then be selected from the shortlisted works, and will be screened at SSFF & ASIA 2019.

【Criteria】
Submitted works will be evaluated on 7 criteria:
Cinematic / Storytelling / Emotional Appeal / Idea / Originality / Shareable / Branding Power

****Common Rules for all the competitions****
1.Formats: All
(Please note, however, that submissions must be sent on DVD or online secured screener and, if selected, filmmakers are required to provide an Apple ProRes File or NTSC HDCAM.)

2.English subtitles:
Required for submissions with language other than English or Japanese .

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • mario morin

    Great festival!
    Not to be missed!

    July 2018
    Ssff
    Response from festival:

    Hello Mario,

    Thanks for taking the time to share your comments! We are very grateful indeed.

    All the best,
    Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA

  • Guilherme Gehr

    Great festival made by great people.
    A place to show a work among a selection of the very best.
    I was a great pleasure that I will never forget.

    June 2018
    Ssff
    Response from festival:

    Hello Guilherme,

    It was a pleasure to have you and your film at our festival! We are really thankful for the kind words, and hope to see you again in the near future.

    All the best,
    Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA

  • Abrar Athar

    Great films! So well organised! Wonderful festival worth all the hype!

    June 2018
    Ssff
    Response from festival:

    Hello Abrar,

    Thanks for the wonderful remarks! We are very humbled to hear that we met your expectations. We hope to see you again soon!

    All the best,
    Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA

  • Fateme Ahmadi

    Proud to be part of this lovely festival!

    June 2018
    Ssff
    Response from festival:

    Hello Fateme,

    We are proud to have your work at our festival! Thanks so much for submitting.

    All the best,
    Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA

  • Karas Charlotte

    Very nice welcome from all the festival team. Very respectful to all the filmmakers and their movies. Two projection for each movie and some visibility to the public and the professionals.
    Thank you very much Short Shorts for these very nice and creative moments

    June 2018
    Ssff
    Response from festival:

    Hello Charlotte,

    We really appreciate the kind review and are glad to see that you had a good experience at our festival. Thank you for your comments. We hope to welcome you to our festival again in the future!

    All the best,
    Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA