Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018
Official Competition Submission Guideline

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

  • Q&A sessions following screenings

  • Asia & Japan Competition Best Short Award/GRAND PRIX winner Mi Mi Lwin

【Submission Periods】

Early Submission: August 1, 2017 - October 1, 2017 (through Shortfilmdepot, Withoutabox or FilmFreeway)
Regular Submission: October 2, 2017 – November 30, 2017 (through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway)
Late Submission: December 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018 (through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway)

Submissions must be postmarked by the last day of each submission period, and under any circumstances. If you are willing to submit your film in Early Submission period, you have to upload the movie file or send us the DVD screener before October 1, 2017.  

【Submission Fee】

Early Submission: Free
Regular Submission: US$20
Late Submission: US$30


1. Japan Premieres Only

Your film MUST keep the Japan premiere status until Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018 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 2018, 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. 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, 2016. 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 I n 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, 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 data. Please note, if selected, filmmakers are required to provide an Apple ProRes File, NTSC HDCAM, NTSC Digital Betacam, NTSC Betacam SP or DVCAM.


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.


1) Please complete the online submission either on Shortfilmdepot (, Withoutabox ( or FilmFreeway ( Shortfilmdepot is available only during the Early Submission period.

To submit your film, you’ll be requested to create an account and register your film. For more details, please refer to the instructions of either online system (Shortfilmdepot/Withoutabox/Filmfreeway) after you read the submission guideline thoroughly.

2) Upload the movie file on Shortfilmdepot, Withoutabox or FilmFreeway, or send your Submission Receipt and NTSC or PAL DVD of your completed film to the mailing address below.

# 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 in 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 2018
“Official Competition” (Please write each competition you’d like to submit)
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 
For cultural purposes only


Selected films will be announced by the end of April, 2018 on the website.


The schedule for the National Tour of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018, will be announced in Spring 2018 and are 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 more. Not all selected films will be screened at all locations, and filmmakers will be notified via email if their films will be screened outside Japan.

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

To submit a film, you need to create an account and register the film on either one of the aforementioned platforms. You can complete an online submission by clicking the button below.

Submit on Withoutabox