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Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2023
KODANSHA Cinema Creators Lab. Competition Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines


The Kodansha Cinema Creators’ Lab. is calling out for short film pitches with the aim of discovering new visual creators from around the world.
The 25th edition of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), one of the biggest international short film festivals in Asia & officially recognized by the Academy Awards® is scheduled to be held in June 2023. We are calling out for pitch submissions from a wide range of creators, including not only filmmakers but also artists and screenwriters with brilliant ideas. At SSFF & ASIA 2023, we will announce the 3 best pitch projects. We will award ¥10,000,000 towards the production of the 3 winning short film pitch projects.


Individuals, Companies & Corporations, Groups & Organizations
Are eligible to submit.


Please fill out the Kodansha Cinema Creators’ Lab Phase 1 – Submission Requirements below.

Submission Period:Monday, August 1, 2022 / Start time: 14:00 (JST) to Wednesday, November 30, / End time: 23:59 (JST)
※ Submissions for multiple pitches are allowed, but please apply for one pitch at a time.
※ For data that exceeds capacity, please specify the URL for download (with unlimited access please).


■Please submit your proposal & résumé. Please include the points below that best describes your pitch submission. (The short film should be no longer than 25 minutes).

■Submission requirements:

  • Story plot(In English 250 words or less)
  • Storyboards, screenplays, etc. (any format)
  • Any footage from a work already in progress if any

■Résumé or profile format:

  • Biography or portfolio of past works (including reels, viewing links, etc.)
    In addition, if you can describe the following contents in the proposal, we will use it as a reference when selecting (not a required item).
  • Main cast “wish list” with filmographies
  • Locations
  • Information on any copyright issues
  • Budget estimated breakdown (based on ¥10,000,000 budget)

■Films that have worldwide appeal are preferred

■All formats are welcome. Live-action, CG, animation, etc.

■Unreleased short films, works in progress, sequels are acceptable

■Pitches based on books & manga from Kodansha Ltd., are acceptable

*Kodansha will verify permission of the copyright holder at the time of final selection. Applicants do not need to contact Kodansha Ltd., at the time of application. In addition, please refrain from infringing on intellectual property rights, third party copyrights, slander, privacy, and all other legal rights.

■Submissions that pass the first selection judging will be notified of the result by the end of January 2023 (it will also be announced on the special Kodansha Cinema Creators’ Lab page on the SHORT SHORTS official website). Those who have passed the first selection judging will be individually informed of the second judging interview.


■Copyrights will be retained by the submitters

■Selected best pitches of the Kodansha Cinema Creators’ Lab will be required to enter into a contract (hereinafter referred to as “this contract”) regarding the deliverables of this project with Kodansha.

■Until this contract is signed in writing, there shall be no rights or obligations between the submitters and Kodansha regarding this selection. In addition, all legal relationships between the submitters and Kodansha after the conclusion of this contract shall be in accordance with the contents of this contract.

■We will fully disclose the contents of this contract at the time of the 2nd judging interview and we will conclude the contract only with your full consent. Please be assured that your submission alone will not be considered an acceptance of said contract.

■Acquisition of personal information

The following personal information that you provide in the application form will be used only for the operation of this contest.

  • Name
  • Mail address
  • Date of birth
  • Postal Code
  • Address
  • Telephone number

Personal information received will be promptly deleted after the contest ends.
*Provided that, the personal information of those who wish to receive e-mail magazines from the organizer will be stored even after the contest ends for distribution management purposes.

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