Call for Entry 2021

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021
Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony *Closed

This is a competition of short films fully shot by smartphones. This competition supported by Sony Mobile Communications Inc.,which produces smartphone Xperia™ (Sony Mobile), aims to expand the creator's range of expression and opportunities for challenges.

Sony Mobile Communications Official Web-site Smartphone Film Competition


August 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021


*You can enter your film simultaneously to the International or Asia International Competitions (Official Competition supported by Sony) which are Academy Awards qualifying competitions in the short film category. An additional submission fee will be required. To apply please check the submission guidelines.


1. Short Films fully shot by smartphones. Any equipment could be used for editing. No limitation of brands of smartphones.

2. Japan Premiere
Not required

3. Genre
Any genres are accepted.

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

5. Production Year
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2019.
The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.

6. Production Country

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

8. Formats
Movie file.


Best Short Award: 600,000 Japanese Yen

In addition to above, "Biogen Award" will be selected out of the films nominated to SSFF & ASIA 2021 competitions.
Biogen Award - 300,000 Japanese Yen
Biogen has continued to provide ethical pharmaceuticals for neurological diseases based on its vision of “Make Impossible Possible in Neuroscience”.
Among the films to be screened, the Biogen Award will be presented to a film that powerfully conveys the theme of “Make Impossible Possible”.
For details here

*Awards are subject to change.


Please complete the online submission either on Shortfilmdepot ( or FilmFreeway (

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


Selection results will be announced by the end of April 2021 on the official festival website.


The National and International Tour of the Festival will take place after SSFF & ASIA 2021 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 or NTSC HDCAM 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 2021 if selected.
  • Festival venues, dates, awards, travel awards etc. are subject to change at any time.



Sony Mobile Communications Inc.

Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. From game and network services to music, pictures, electronics, semiconductors and financial services - Sony's purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology. Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences through its Xperia™ smartphone and accessories portfolio.

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