The Sapporo International Short Film Festival continues to attract between 2500 and 3000 entries per year across all genres cementing its reputation as one of Japan and Asia`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 31,000 entries from 141 countries and boasts an average annual festival audience of more than 10,000 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 250 films are screened each year in competition and in one-off boutique programs.

SSF 2016, 11th Edition Festival Digest

Awards & Prizes

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 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 juries who are under 12 years old will choose the award.
Nominated films are chosen from One Title Section submissions.

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. These have included: Mary Lou Belli (USA), Barry Morrow (USA), Roger Gonin (Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival) Roger Garcia (Hong Kong International Film Festival) Shunji Iwai (Director /Japan) Maike Mia Hohne (Berlin International Film Festival), Nick Goldsmith (Producer / UK), Moon So-Ri (Actress / South Korea) , and many more.

Filmmakers` Section*

Unique to SSF is the inclusion of a special Filmmakers` Section which has proven to be one of the most popular aspects for filmmakers and audiences alike. This is a competitive category for which filmmakers are invited to submit a body of work thus affording them more exposure, and enabling the international jury members to consider the versatility and/or the consistency and strength of vision of the creator.

ALL single entry films must be submitted via filmfreeway. Multiple entries for Filmmakers’ Section to be submitted via Spotrights submission system. Instructions below"

*"Filmmakers' Section" makes your own program with a set of films.
The program should include more than 3 films, but less than 45 min in total.
Accept all the production year.
Please register more than 3 film on Spotrights and submit to Filmmakers’ Section.

Selected filmmakers are invited to the festival in October. The festival supports air tickets with specified amount and hotel accommodations during the festival.

Rules & Terms

1) Films completed after: March 1, 2016
2) Maximum duration: 30 min
3) Country of production: All countries
4) Screening format: AppleProRes422 HQ/LT, 24fps
5) Accepted genres: All genres, including music 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.

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