Call for Entry 2021

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021
Vertical Theater Competition supported by smash.
Guidelines *Closed

Gathering vertical films from around the world. This competition is created to support the increasing effect on the film industry by the growing production of vertical short films with the support of the app “smash.”, produced by SHOWROOM Inc.

Vertical Theater Competition

Submission period

11/26/2020 ~ 02/28/2021

Submission fee


Submission criteria

1. Vertical short film dimensions: (1080w x 1920h)

2. Premiere restrictions : none

3. Genre : All

4. Running time : Maximum 25 minutes (including end credit roll)

5. Production year : No limit

6. Country : Open to all countries

7. Language : English or Japanese. All other languages must have Japanese or English sub-titles.

8. Format : Data file (mp4)

Awards & Prizes

Best Vertical Short Award : ¥1,000,000
Vertical Short Award : ¥600,000
U-18 Vertical Short Award : ¥400,000
Encouragement Award : ¥100,000 (awarded to max. 10 vertical short films)
*All awards & prizes subject to change.

Submission guidelines

1. Please submit by filling out our online submission form. Upon successful processing of your submission, you will receive a notification via return email.

2. Upload your short film.
Film rate : 30.0fps
Resolution: 1080 x 1920
Key Frame: 2 seconds
Bit Rate: 6000kbps
Rate control: CBR
Profile: High
File size: 500MB (Recommended maximum size)

Notification of selection

All notification of selections will be made on our website by the end of April, 2021.

Regarding screenings of selected films

During the period of the film festival, the selected shorts will be screened worldwide online through the vertical theater app “smash.”, by SHOWROOM Inc. Due to limitations of the app the short film may be divided into 3 parts. In those cases, we will request that you provide an edited version.

National & International Tour

After the Short Shots Film Festival & Asia is held in Tokyo, there will be a national & international tour. The rights holder of the short films selected to be screened will be contacted in advance. Tour destinations & dates will be announced sometime in the future.


  • Previously submitted short films cannot be re-submitted. Incomplete short films will be considered invalid & excluded from selection.
  • The submission will be considered complete after the successful online downloading of your short film. Mailed in submissions must be postmarked by the last day of the submission period.
  • For multiple submissions, a submission form must be completed for EACH short film.
  • In case of selection, you will be required to provide a screening version with an Mp4 data file at 1080w x 1920h. in addition, you may be required to submit additional materials for festival promotions.
  • All awards, prizes & tour details are subject to change.
  • Submitted shorts may be screened in other competitions or programs of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021.
  • All awards, prizes & tour details are subject to change.
  • Submitted shorts may be screened in other competitions or programs of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021.


SHOWROOM Inc began in August 2015 as a live streaming platform called "SHOWROOM" with the goal to "create a world where opportunity and effort are rewarded fairly."
SHOWROOM topped 4 million subscribers in 2020 connecting a wide range of "livers" & "watchers" with a new style of content viewing. On October 22, 2020, SHOWROOM released the vertical theater app "smash."
The app features music, dramas, animation & a variety of content that are 5 to 10 minutes in length & all in a vertical videos format. With the participation of major entertainment productions including Johnny's & Associates & music producer Yasushi Akimoto, SHOWROOM plans to further release 2,600 content by 03/31/2021.