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August 25, 2020
Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

Academy Awards accredited and one of the largest film festivals in Asia
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021: Entries open in the Cinematic Tokyo competition for films that share Tokyo’s charms with the world

In partnership with Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), one of Asia’s largest international short film festivals and accredited by the Academy Awards, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is running the “Cinematic Tokyo” competition for short films with the theme of “Tokyo” that share Tokyo’s charms with the world. It is open to filmmakers in Japan and abroad. Entries are open once again this year, as detailed below.

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SSFF & ASIA 2019
Winner of the Cinematic Tokyo Competition
“Robu”
Director: Kai Hasson

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SSFF & ASIA 2018
Winner of the Cinematic Tokyo Competition
“TOKYO COMET”
Director: Horanai Hiroko

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SSFF & ASIA 2017
Winner of the Cinematic Tokyo Competition
“Tokyo Ondo -Beats and Temperatures-”
Director: Bamba Shuichi

About the Cinematic Tokyo competition

The competition is open to short films from the whole world that share Tokyo’s diverse charms with domestic and international audiences. Entries do not have to be filmed in Tokyo, as short films that are evocative of “Tokyo” or depict memories, impressions and even imaginary versions of the city are also welcome.
The nominated films will be screened at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021, scheduled to be held in June 2021.

Application guidelines

  • It does not matter if entries have or have not yet have premiered in Japan.
  • Submissions must be under 25 minutes, including end credits.
  • Entries are welcome regardless of the year of country of production.
  • Entries that feature languages other than English or Japanese should have dialog in those languages subtitled in English or Japanese.
  • Entries are welcome regardless of genre.
  • Entries may also be submitted for the official competition (a separate application is required).

Application period

August 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021

Award and prize money

Excellence Award/Governor of Tokyo Award: 1 million yen

Organizer

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia Executive Committee

Sponsor

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

How to apply

Complete the application form and either (1) upload your submission online or (2) send it as a Blu-Ray Disc or DVD.
Please visit the festival website( English ( External link ) and Japanese ( External link )) for further details on the application form.

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This press release is also available in other languages. (日本語English中文한국어)

 

Inquiries
(Regarding the project) (in Japanese only)
Promotion Section
Tourism Division
Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs
Phone: 03-5320-4786
(Media enquiries and regarding the film festival in general) (in Japanese or English)
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
Phone: 03-5474-8201

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