Overview of short film competitions and awards. For further details refer to the specific guidelines for each competition.
Official Competition The short film that wins the Grand Prix will become eligible for nomination for the Annual Academy Awards® the following year.
Running Time Deadline Awards Japan Premiere Production Date Multiple Entry
25 minutes or under *1 Early Submission: October 1, 2017
Regular Submission: November 30, 2017
Late Submission: January 31, 2017 *2
Best Short Award: 600,000 JPY
Audience Award: 200,000 JPY
Japan Premiere Only *3 After June 1, 2016 Permitted

Save the Earth! Competition Environmental issues, such as global warming, air pollution, disruption of the ozone layer and so forth, must be the main theme.
Running Time Deadline Awards Japan Premiere Production Date Multiple Entry
25 minutes or under*1 January 31, 2018 Best Short Award: 500,000 JPY Not required Not required Permitted

CG Animation Competition Any animated short films using either partly or fully computer-generated graphics.
Running Time Deadline Awards Japan Premiere Production Date Multiple Entry
25 minutes or under*1 January 31, 2018 Best Short Award: 600,000 JPY Not required After June 1, 2016 Permitted

Cinematic Tokyo Competition Submissions must be themed around "Tokyo", based on the filmmaker's imagination and various impressions of Tokyo as a city. Entries do not have to be shot in Tokyo.
Running Time Deadline Awards Japan Premiere Production Date Multiple Entry
25 minutes or under*1 January 31, 2018 Best Short Award: 1,000,000 JPY Not required Not required Permitted

Music Video Competition Official music videos that have been produced with permission from record labels and publishing companies.
Running Time Deadline Awards Japan Premiere Production Date Multiple Entry
Not specified February 28, 2018 - Not required After June 1, 2016 Not permitted

Branded Shorts Competition for branded movies engaging with customers.
Running Time Deadline Awards Japan Premiere Production Date Multiple Entry
Not specified Early Submission:
November 30, 2017
Regular Submission:
March 30, 2018
- Not required Released between Jan 1, 2017- May 30, 2018 permitted

*1 No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.
*2 Entry fees will vary depending on the submission period. Check guidelines for details.
*3 Online streaming on any domestic or international websites means the film is NOT considered as Japan premiere.
* Award amounts are subject to change.
* Please complete the online submission either on Shortfilmdepot (www.shortfilmdepot.com), Withoutabox (www.withoutabox.com) or FilmFreeway (www.filmfreeway.com).
* You cannot resubmit films that have been submitted to this festival in the past.
* Submission will only be considered complete once we have received screening materials (e.g. DVD, movie file uploads) and the fee has been paid (if applicable). Any materials sent in the mail must be postmarked on or before the deadline.



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2017 Outline

The 19th edition of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), Academy Awards® accredited and one of Asia’s largest international short film festivals, was held from June 1 (Thu) to June 25 (Sun). This year we received a record number of around 9,000 submissions from more than 140 different countries and regions.