The Best Pitch has been selected!
Mina Goto wins and receives a production budget of up to 100 million yen!

On June 1st, 2017, the opening ceremony of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 was held at Hikarie in Shibuya, Tokyo. During the ceremony, the Best Pitch was announced, and was awarded to Mina Goto (Japan). Preparations are currently underway to produce her short film.

June 1st ,2017 Award Ceremony

Minami Goto(Japan)

Minami Goto is a Japanese filmmaker with global aspirations and is currently pursuing her MFA at Columbia University film school. She has extensive experience working with international crews and has directed, written, and produced a number of short films in the United States and in Japan. She holds BA in Art History from Tokyo University, where she produced a series of film screenings and events. She has worked as an assistant and a producer at art galleries throughout Tokyo, and as a pre-production assistant on Martin Scorsese’s latest film, SILENCE.

Vicente Gil Ginestar(Spain)

Vicente A. Gil Ginestar (Valencia, 1979) is a Spanish Filmmaker. He is graduated from the College of Applied Arts at Valencia, Spain. He has worked in different artistic disciplines: Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Music and Video. He stars his career as a filmmaker on 2010 making music videos for international artists like the songwriter Josh Rouse. His last work, ‘Extintor de infiernos’, is awarded for Best National Music Video (2012) by the Spanish magazine ‘Rockdeluxe’. In summer of 2016 he makes ‘Home’, a ‘silent’ short film. Vicente Gil Ginestar is represented as commercial film director in Spain by the production company Mamma Team.

Stian Hafstad(Norway)

Stian Hafstad’s short films have played at numerous festivals worldwide and won multiple awards. He studied Film & Television production at the University of Bergen Norway before moving on to Columbia University in New York on a scholarship for his MFA in Film Directing, graduating with honors in 2015. In 2008 Stian started the YouTube comedy channel PistolShrimps with fellow film student Christer Larsen. The channel now has more than 440 000 subscribers and over 150 million views. In February 2015 they won the funniest channel at the first Norwegian YouTube awards, and were nominated again in 2016.

Pei-Ju Hsieh(Taiwan)

Pei-Ju Hsieh is a Taiwanese writer/director. After finishing her BFA in Motion Picture in National Taiwan University of Arts, she moved to New York and earned her MFA in Film Directing at Columbia University. Her short film "Knighthood" has screened at international film festivals including Palm Springs ShortFest, Frameline, Cinequest and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Pei-Ju is currently developing her feature debut, which was selected for Berlinale Talents Script Station 2016 and was the winner of HAF Script Development Fund 2016.

Yuto Kitsunai(Japan)

Yuto Kitsutani studied filmmaking at Japan Institute of the Moving Image. He started to work as a producer of "The Piano in the Shed" in 2011.

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.

Entry period
November 1 (Tue), 2016 ~ January 31 (Tue), 2017

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.
Entry period
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
Proposed cast
Proposed location
Estimated budget

Other information
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. 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.

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