Call for Entry 2020

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2020
Submission Process & FAQ

Step 1.

Have your project completed and ready to submit!
We receive numerous requests regarding the acceptance of work-in-progress films however SSFF&ASIA only accepts completed projects. This will mean that your work must have a fixed title and duration by the time you submit.

Step 2.

Choose the category that best matches your project.
You can find the details for each category on our FilmFreeway or Shortfilmdepot page. Before submitting, please read through the terms and conditions for each category as the deadlines and rules differ.

Step 3.

Submit your film.
Please submit your film through FilmFreeway or Shortfilmdepot.

Step 4.

Congratulations, you’re done!
After you have completed your submission, you will receive a confirmation email from your selected platform. We plan to announce all the selected films by the end of April 2020. *Please be aware that the announcement dates are subjected to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Film Submission

Q I’m a French director but I shot a Non-Fiction film in Asia, with an Asian cast and European crew. Do I submit my work to the International Competition or Asia International Competition?

A When submitting to the Official Competition, please select the category (International, Asia International or Japan) based on the director or the rights holder’s nationality. The final judgement will be decided by the Committee for Short Shorts based on the careful evaluation of the following criteria:
  1. Director’s nationality (based on what is written on their passport)
  2. Shooting location
  3. Language used in the film
  4. Nationality of the cast (based on what is written on their passport)
  5. Source of funding
Q Are there any regulations on the genre of the film?
A Accepted genres differ by the category, and we would like to have you state any corporate/community/commercial tie-ups, as well as if the film is a student film, whether it was produced through a scholarship program, etc. Please check each category page for further details.
Q Is it possible to submit to multiple categories?
A We accept double entries between multiple categories, with the exception of combined submissions to an Official Competition category and the Non-Fiction Competition. When submitting, please keep in mind that the submissions are done separately for each category.

Submission Fees

Q Is it possible to cancel my submission after I completed the payment for charged categories?
A The festival cannot refund submission fees under any circumstances, with no exceptions.
Q I don’t have a credit card. Is there any other way I can pay the fee?
A Please select the submission platform (FilmFreeway / Shortfilmdepot) based on your payment method.
Q Is it possible to receive a fee waiver or discount?
A SSFF&ASIA cannot offer any fee waivers or discounts on any occasion. As we receive many similar requests every year, we decided not to give any exceptions to be fair with all filmmakers.

Uploading your video file

Q What is the required format to upload my file?
A We only accept MOV files.
Q There was an error when I tried to upload my file to the platform. Can I send a physical copy (DVD, USB, Blu-Ray, etc) to your address?
A Due to shipment issues, we do not accept any physical copies to be sent as a submission.

Japan Premiere status

Q My film is not screened in Japan, but it is uploaded online. Does this violate the Japan premiere status?

A The situation may change based on the subtitles and language in your film. Your film MUST keep the Japan premiere status from August 1, 2019 until Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2020 in Tokyo ends. The following cases will affect the Japan premiere status and will be disqualified.

  • Films screened in Japan on any media and for any occasion including screening events, film festivals and so forth before and/or during Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2020 in Tokyo.
  • Films streamed online with Japanese subtitles and/or in the Japanese language before and/or during Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2020 in Tokyo.
  • Non-dialogue films available online will be ineligible.


*If the film is in a non-Japanese language, has no Japanese subtitles and is available online outside of Japan, it will still be eligible for the competition.

Deadlines

Q My film cannot be completed by the deadline. Is it possible to have a deadline extension?
A SSFF&ASIA does not accept late submissions on any occasion. As we receive similar requests from many filmmakers every year, we decided not to give any exceptions to be fair with all filmmakers.

Results announcement

Q When and where will the results be announced?
A All selected films are planned to be announced on the festival’s official website by the end of April 2020.
*Please note that the announcement dates are subjected to change.
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