19th Annual

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

June 01, 2017 to June 25, 2017

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International Competition
International Competition attracts more than 4000 submissions from all over the world.
Best Short Award winner will receive 600,000 Yen (approx. US$6,400)! In addition, the Audience Award winner will receive 200,000 Yen (approx. US$2,100).
Also the Grand Prix, selected from the three official competitions (International, Asia International, Japan) will be eligible for an Academy Award® nomination in the short film categories the following year.
Asia International Competition
In 2004, SSFF & ASIA launched the Asia International Competition to support short films produced in Asian countries. In 2016, we attracted more than 800 submissions from Asian regions.
Best Short Award winner will receive 600,000 Yen (approx. US$6,400). In addition, the Audience Award winner will receive 200,000 Yen (approx. US$2,100).
Also the Grand Prix, selected from the three official competitions (International, Asia International, Japan) will be eligible for an Academy Award® nomination in the short film categories the following year.
Japan Competition
SSFF's Japan category attracts more than 300 submissions from within Japan.
Best Short Award winner will receive 600,000 Yen (approx. US$6,400), in addition, the Audience Award winner will receive 200,000 Yen (approx. US$2,100).
Also the Grand Prix, selected from the three official competitions (International, Asia International, Japan) will be eligible for an Academy Award® nomination in the short film categories the following year.
International Short Film Pitch Competition
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (operated by Pacific Voice Inc.) and avex digital Inc. open their 2nd short film pitch competitions, where the winner can receive a production budget of up to 100 million JPY*. avex digital Inc. is a leading company of the entertainment industry that always strives to drive the growth of the visual media market. It also cooperates the project with Academy Awards® accredited Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia,
which is one of the largest international short film festivals in Asia, with a shared aim between them. The competition launched last year with 1,653 submissions from 83 countries around the world. The organizers continue seeking emerging filmmakers and film producers who are struggling to realize their great and unique project ideas. By funding a maximum production budget of 100 million JPY, avex digital Inc. and SSFF aim to boost the film industry beyond borders. Pitches of genuinely moving, exciting and touching short films are desired. Any genre is accepted.
Music Video Competition
A competition of official music video, started from SSFF & ASIA 2016.
Cinematic Tokyo Competition
SSFF & ASIA is calling for short films that take "Tokyo" as their subject, and which show the many attractions that Tokyo has to offer! The competition winner will receive 1,000,000 JPY! The festival is not only looking for films that take place in Tokyo, but also for films that depict memories of Tokyo, impressions of Tokyo, or even shops in overseas locations that offer an experience of "Tokyo".
CG Animation Competition
Any short films with animated images using only computer- generated graphics. Since 2011,SSFF & ASIA has collaborated with Digital Hollywood, a leading university for IT and digital content learning, in presenting CG works at the festival. In 2012, we established the CG Animation Competition in order to showcase the very best quality full CG animated short films from around the world.
Save the Earth Competition
Short Films on Any environmental issues, such as global warming, air pollution, disruption of the ozone layer and so forth, must be the main themes. SSFF & ASIA created the “STOP! Global Warming Competition” in 2008 in collaboration with Team-6%, a national energy-saving campaign initiated by the Japanese Ministry of Environment. In 2013, we changed the name to “Save the Earth! Competition,” and have continued to gather excellent short films with themes relating not only to global warming, but also to various other environmental issues.


Mining the diamonds in the rough out of the world of short film....


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 Short Shorts Film Festival Asia. Now, these two festivals take place in locations throughout Tokyo simultaneously in June as Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.


Aki Isoyama (Programming Supervisor); Shoko Takegasa (Programming Manager)


1. Japan Premieres Only: (Required only for official competitions)
Your film MUST keep the Japan premiere status until Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 ends. If the film has been/will be screened in Japan on any media and occasions including online streaming, screening events, film festivals and so forth before Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017, under any circumstances, it will be disqualified at any time. Online streaming on any foreign websites is NOT considered as Japan premiere. You must agree to withhold the film from exploitation on all media in Japan until the festival ends when selected.

2. Genre:
All genres are accepted with exception of music videos.

3. Formats:
NTSC/PAL DVD or uploaded file.
If selected, you are required to provide an Apple ProRes File, NTSC HDCAM, HDV, Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, DVCAM, or MiniDV.

4. Production Country:

For official competitions, 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 casts and source of funding.

*Countries for the Asia International Competition are defined as:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China (Rep. of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan), East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippine, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

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

*Not specified for Music Video Competition

6. Production Year:
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2015 for all competitions. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.

*Not specified for Save the Earth! Competition and Cinematic Tokyo Competition.

7. Language:
English subtitles are required for submissions with language/s other than English or Japanese.


I, the authorized representative of the project being submitted (hereafter called the “Film”) to the Committee for Short Shorts for consideration for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (hereafter called “SSFF & ASIA”), hereby acknowledge and agree to the following:

1. I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entitles who have any ownership rights or interest in or relating to the film, to submit the Film for consideration.

2. I acknowledge and agree that I will not be able to cancel submission of the Film to SSFF & ASIA, and that SSFF & ASIA does not provide any refund under any circumstances.

3. SSFF & ASIA has the right to retain the submitted DVD screener copy or digital movie file of the Film submitted solely for archive purposes, agreeing that it will not be screened publicly without permission.