Cinematic Tokyo 部門 - Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2024

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2024
Cinematic Tokyo Competition Submission Guidelines

We are calling for short films that take "Tokyo" as their subject, and which show the many attractions that Tokyo has to offer. The competition winner will receive 1,000,000 JPY!
We are not only looking for films that take place in Tokyo, but also for films that depict memories of Tokyo, impressions of Tokyo, or even shops in overseas locations that offer an experience of "Tokyo". Please send us your “Tokyo” themed submissions!

Entries closed on January 31st. Due to the system maintenance, the form is temporarily open. Please refrain from submitting the form.

Submission Guidelines


August 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024




1. Theme: “Tokyo”

“Tokyo” must feature in the film. You do not have to show the real Tokyo or even shoot in Tokyo, and depictions can be based on your imagination or fiction.
Films shot in and around Tokyo
Films depicting locations or objects based on the image of “Tokyo”
Films depicting Tokyo 100 years from now

2. Japan Premiere:

Not required

3. Genre: Any

All genres are accepted.

4. Running Time:

25 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.

5. Production Year:

Not specified

6. Production Country:


7. Language:

English subtitles are required for submissions with languages other than English or Japanese.

8. Formats:

MOV or MP4 file.


Best Short Award: 1,000,000 Japanese Yen

*Awards are subject to change.


(1) For any inquiries regarding shooting in Tokyo for this competition, feel free to contact the Tokyo Location Box (

(2) Materials available on the Tokyo Stock Footage website can be used for this competition for free.
Note 1: Except Zojoji Temple, Sensoji Temple and Roppongi Hills
Note 2: Please make sure to include “Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau” in the credits.


Please complete the online submission either on the official festival Website, Shortfilmdepot ( or FilmFreeway (

To submit your film on the official festival website
1.Please register your information to create your account.
2.Please fill in the forms and upload the movie from the following link.

Type: MOV or MP4 file
Frame Rate: 1920 x 1080
File Size: Under 10 GB preferred

To submit your film either on Shortfilmdepot or FilmFreeway, you’ll be requested to create an account and register your film. For more details, please refer to the specific instructions for the chosen online platform (Shortfilmdepot/Filmfreeway) after you have read the submission guidelines thoroughly.


The selection results will be announced by the end of April 2024 on the official festival website.


The National and International Tour of the Festival will take place after SSFF & ASIA 2024 in Tokyo ends. All selected films will be screened in Tokyo, but not all selected films will be screened at all locations. The filmmakers will be notified in case their films will be screened in the tour.


  • Works in progress will NOT be accepted.
  • If selected, filmmakers are required to provide an Apple ProRes file as a screening copy.
  • By submitting the film, the submitter acknowledges that the Festival has the right to screen the film in any competition or program at SSFF & ASIA 2023 if selected without any screening fees.
  • The selected films will be streamed online at the festival online venue during the festival period.
  • Festival venues, dates, awards, travel awards etc. are subject to change at any time.
  • If selected, films will be required to have obtained any and all consents, releases, licenses, and other authorizations for copyrighted content included in the film. A music cue sheet is mandatory for any copyrighted musical composition.
  • The Festival parent company will obtain the commercial rights of the award winner films.
  • All films submitted to the Short Shorts Film Festival will be catalogued in the Short Shorts Film Festival website and LIFE LOG BOX service. This implies that by submitting, you consent to have all of your entries displayed on both the Short Shorts Film Festival website and LIFE LOG BOX service, irrespective of whether they are chosen for the official competition or not.
    If you wish to cancel your entry:
    To cancel your film being catalogued in the Short Shorts Film Festival website, please contact the festival office.
    To cancel your entry on the LIFE LOG BOX service, please set your content to private on your LIFE LOG BOX account.

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