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 established 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.

Awards & Prizes

****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

****Music Video Competition****
Best Music Video Award  

(Awards are subject to change.)

Rules & Terms

****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 2017. 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, 2017 until the end of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018 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, 2016 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, 2016. 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

****Music Video competitions****
1. Official Music Video only
※ Please ensure that works submitted are done so with the permission of the music label, artist and filmmaker.
※ Applicants are required to clear all rights necessary to screen works in the festival.
※ Applicants will be required to organize and submit all press materials necessary if the work is selected to screen. This includes materials relating to the artist, such as profile text and images.

2. Japan Premiere: Not required

3. Production Country:
All. The festival committee will determine the production country based on the following criteria: director’s nationality, shooting location, language of the film, nationality of casts and source of funding.

4. Running Time: Not specified

6. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2016. 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. 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.

****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, NTSC HDCAM, NTSC Digital Betacam, NTSC Betacam SP or DVCAM.)

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

3 Reviews

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    Harvan Agustriansyah

    It's so wonderful to be part on Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia Tokyo 2017! Really great and have a unique selection award winning short film from around the world. Thank you so much for all staff SSFF & ASIA, I hope can meet you all again. I love you Tokyo!

    December 2017
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    Kristian Håskjold

    Short Shorts was an absolute FANTASTIC experience.

    The team of the festival were all very professional and genuine nice people. They picked us up at the airport and made sure we were comfortable being in a new culture till the very end. We met so many fantastic, inspiring open filmmakers, which I will consider my friends till the end of my life.

    Do yourself the treat of submitting your film to this festival!

    July 2017
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    Gleb Torubarov

    Got official selection in Cinematic Tokyo program.
    Very good communication, big event, great films, and filmmakers.
    Definitely one of the best short film festivals in the world!

    June 2017