Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and avex digital Inc. have established one of the world’s biggest short film pitch competitions, which will fund a production with a budget of up to 100 million JPY*. The project is the result of a collaboration between avex digital Inc., a company driving the expansion of the entertainment industry’s video market, and the Academy Awards® accredited Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, one of the largest international short film festivals in Asia. The aim of this competition is to exceed international borders in supporting the realization of a genuinely interesting pitch that truly deserves to be made into a film by offering up to 100 million JPY in production costs. This search for new talent targets filmmakers and producers working in a world where even the most excellent pitches can be considered unfeasible. Any genre is accepted. The deadline is 31st January 2017. Five nominees will be selected in May before the winner is to be announced during SSFF & ASIA 2017. In addition to the prize money, the winner obtains the chance to receive the production budget up to 100 million JPY. If the winning pitch were to be made to be a short film, the complete short film will be premiered at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018 and continues being submitted to other film festivals around the world. [*100 million JPY is the equivalent to approx. USD 950,000.- on 2016.10.31]
With the theme "Thrilling, Exciting, Moving", we are looking for pitches for short films that will stir the emo-tions and have the ability to thrill, excite or move audiences.
Under the theme "Thrilling, Exciting, Moving", we are looking for pitches for short films (up to 25 minutes) that will stir the emotions, with the ability to thrill, excite or move audiences.
November 1 (Tue), 2016 ~ January 31 (Tue), 2017
How to Enter
1.Please upload your short film pitch in addition to completing the designated entry form in order to be considered for the primary selection. All elements listed below must be included in the pitch. Please note that the projected run time must be less than 25 minutes.
♦ Plot (250 words max.）
♦ One line that sums up what kind of film this is
♦ Photographic images or movie of the world you envisage
♦ Entrant profile
♦ Link to a showreel or individual links to past works
2.We will notify entrants about the results of the primary selection in March 2016. Successful entrants will be required to submit the following materials (by a specific date yet to be confirmed) for the next stage of the competition.
Screenplay for pitch selected
We can only accept original pitches that do not infringe on the copyrights or intellectual property rights of any third parties, engage in defamation, or infringe privacy rights.
The competition guidelines may be subject to change without notice at the discretion of the organizers. Please check the official website on occasion to see notification of any changes made.
The selection process will be carried out at the discretion of the organizers and may not be disputed by entrants. We will not respond to any inquires regarding the selection process or results. For inquiries relating to the entry guidelines, please contact us by the following email address.
firstname.lastname@example.org Use of Personal Information Personal details submitted in the entry process will be used in order to share information from the competi-tion organizers in addition to contacting entrants regarding the competition.
● How many pitches can one entrant submit?
You can submit as many pitches as you like.
● Can I also submit animation pitches?
Yes, you can submit pitches of any genre.
● What should I submit?
Please submit the information listed on the website under point 5 as a single pdf document. There is no standard layout format for the pdf. Please note that we will not be considering or reviewing scripts at this stage.
● How should I submit?
Please use the submission form below and upload the pdf here. We will not accept any pitches sent via email.
● Should the one line that sums up the film be a log line or tag line?
The one line can be a log line or tag line, or it can simply be a descriptive sentence. This is up to you.
● What kind of photographic images are you looking for?
Images that have inspired you or aided visualization of the world you want to depict on screen. All images included in the pitch are for internal reference purposes only. Please use as many pictures as necessary to convey your ideas within the pdf document.
● What should I send for an entrant profile?
Just a short introduction to you and your professional background.
● Can I submit pitches that are adapted from pre-existing stories/texts?
We can only accept original pitches that do not infringe on the copyrights or intellectual property rights of any third parties, engage in defamation, or infringe privacy rights. If there is no infringement on the rights listed above, then yes you may.
● Once the pitch is submitted, what happens to the copyrights?
The entrant retains all copyrights at this stage. If selected, however, the copyrights will be transferred to ShortShorts and/or relevant third parties related to the competition.