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Call for Entries has opened!



Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia [SSFF&ASIA], Academy Awards® accredited and one of Asia’s largest international short film festivals, has began accepting submissions for its 20th edition in 2018, as of August 1, 2017 (Tue).



The Call for Entries spans multiple competitions: the Official Competition (International, Asia International, Japan), the environmentally themed Save the Earth! Competition, the Music Video Competition, which presents unique official MVs from around the world, and the cutting-edge CG Animation Competition. A Best Short Award is awarded for each of the three categories in the Official Competition, and the Grand Prix is chosen from among these winners. The film that wins the Grand Prix will be eligible for nomination at the annual Academy Awards® in the U.S.A. the following year.

Furthermore, we are calling for submissions to the Cinematic Tokyo Competition, which showcases films about “Tokyo” and popularize the Tokyo Brand; a tourism initiative to promote business enterprises in the Tokyo Metropolis. We are also calling for Branded Shorts, a strand of the festival that presents a lineup of the latest branded movies produced by corporations and government bodies.


With the 2016 Grand Prix winner receiving the Oscar in 2017, many young filmmakers have been making the most of SSFF & ASIA. 2017 jury member Nobuhiko Obayashi referenced a message from the late Akira Kurosawa; “filmmaking has the power to achieve world peace,” and just like a journalism piece, films will not fade away.


We await submissions from film pros as well as those who are new to filmmaking! For further details, see our Call for Entries page:


Message from George Lucas, Director (“Star Wars” series)

Dear Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia Fans,
Film Festivals do matter. They educate and entertain audiences with collections of works from around the world, but also they are the platforms that can change the lives of the directors behind the films forever.

As part of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences network of accredited film festivals, SSFF & ASIA submits its Grand Prix winning film to the Academy for Oscar consideration every year.

This year’s Best Short in the Live Action Category at the 2017 Oscars “Sing” won SSFF & ASIA’s 2016 Audience and Grand Prix awards and was then put in the pool of Oscar contention.

The Committee for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and I congratulate “Sing” director Kristof Deak, and all the current directors in the  SSFF & ASIA 2017 for their accomplished work and outstanding creativity.

     George Lucas