Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016 Official Competition Submission Guideline

The Official Copetition consists of three categories; International, Asia International and Japan. One Best Short Award is chosen for each category and the Grand Prix is chosen from the three Best Short Award winners. The Grand Prix winning short film will be eligible for nomination for the Annual Academy Awards® the following year.

Submission Periods:
Regular Submission: August 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015 (through Shortfilmdepot)
Late Submission: November 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016 (through Withoutabox)

*Submissions must be postmarked by the last day of each submission period. If you wish to submit your film in the regular submission period, you have to upload the movie file or send us the DVD screener before October 31, 2015.

Submission Fee :
Regular Submission: Free
Late Submission: US$30



  1. Japan Premieres Only:
    Your film MUST keep the Japan premiere status until Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016 ends. If the film has been/will be screened in Japan on any platform including online streaming, screening events, film festivals and so forth before Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016, under any circumstances, it will be disqualified. Online streaming on any foreign websites means the film 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. Running Time:
    25 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.

  4. Production Year:
    The film must have been produced after June 1, 2014. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.

  5. 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, 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, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

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

  7. Formats:
    NTSC/PAL DVD or movie file. Please note, if selected, filmmakers are required to provide an Apple ProRes File, NTSC HDCAM, NTSC Digital Betacam, NTSC Betacam SP or DVCAM.


Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2015 Awards

Best Short Award -- International Competition: 600,000 Yen
Best Short Award - Asia International Competition: 600,000 Yen
Best Short Award - Japan Competition: 600,000 Yen

Audience Award - International Competition: 200,000 Yen
Audience Award - Asia International Competition: 200,000 Yen
Audience Award - Japan Competition: 200,000 Yen

*Awards are subject to change.

*FutureCity Yokohama Award The Award is selected from all the submissions by City of Yokohama and Committee for Short Shorts, given to the film that depicts a future lifestyle that is environmentally friendly through technological advancement.



1) Please complete the online submissions via Short Film Depot (www.shortfilmdepot.com) for the Regular Submission period. For the Late Submission period please use Withoutabox (www.withoutabox.com/).


To submit your film, you’ll be requested to create an account and register your film.
For more details, please refer to the instructions on each of the online submission platforms (Short Film Depot / Withoutabox) after you have read thoroughly through the submission guidelines.


2) Upload the movie file on Shortfilmdepot or Withoutabox, or send your Submission Receipt and an NTSC or PAL DVD of your completed film to the festival office.
# DVD screeners will not be returned.
# Works in progress will NOT be accepted.
# If you are submitting more than one film, you may include them all on one DVD, but please write each title clearly on the surface of the DVD, and remember to complete separate submission forms for each film.


*Please DO NOT send press kits or any other materials with your submission. Any extra materials will be discarded.



Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016 “●● Competition” (Please write the name of the competition you’d like to submit to)
4F SSU Bldg. 4-12-8
Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 151-0051 Japan


*The applicant is responsible for expenses that relate to the submission including shipment of screener DVD/s.
*Regular mail or EMS for the shipping preferred
*All international shipping must be marked as below:

No commercial value
Non-pornographic content
For cultural purposes only


【NOTIFICATION】Selection results will be announced by the end of April, 2016.
By this time, all filmmakers will be notified of the selection result via e-mail.


【FESTIVAL TOUR】 The schedule for the National Tour of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016, including Yokohama, will be announced in Spring 2016 and subject to change. All selected films will be screened in Tokyo, but programs in other tour cities may vary.


As our festival continues to grow, we are working to expand the tour beyond Japan. The Festival has been touring in Singapore, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Malaysia and other places. Not all selected films will be screened at all locations, and filmmakers will be notified via email if their film will be screened outside Japan.


The Festival Submission Guidelines are fixed, but Festival venues, dates, awards, travel awards, etc. are subject to change at any time.