The Official Competition consists of three categories: International, Asia International and Japan. The Best Short Award is chosen for each category and the George Lucas Award (Grand Prix) is chosen from the three Best Short Award winners. The short film that receives the George Lucas Award (Grand Prix) will be eligible for nomination at the annual Academy Awards® the following year.
Early Submission: August 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018 (through Shortfilmdepot, Withoutabox or FilmFreeway)
Regular Submission: October 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018 (through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway)
Late Submission: December 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019 (through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway)
*Submissions must be postmarked by the last day of each submission period under all circumstances. If you would like to submit your film in the Early Submission period, you must upload the movie file or send us the DVD screener before September 30, 2018.
Early Submission: Free
Regular Submission: US$20
Late Submission: US$30
1. Japan Premieres Only
Your film MUST keep the Japan premiere status until Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2019 ends. If the film has been or will be screened in Japan on any media and occasions including online streaming, screening events, film festivals and so forth before and/or during Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2019, under any circumstances, it will be disqualified at any time. Online streaming on any foreign website before and/or during the festival period affects Japan premiere status and will be disqualified. If selected, you must agree to withhold the film from exploitation on all media in Japan until the festival ends.
All genres are accepted with the exception of music videos.
3. Running Time
25 minutes or under. No exceptions. Running time includes end credits.
4. Production Year
The film must have been produced after June 1, 2017. The festival committee will determine the production date of your film based on the copyright year listed in the end credits.
5. Production Country
All. Submissions will be considered in three categories: Japan, Asia International and International.
Eligibility for each category will be determined by the festival committee based on the following criteria: director’s nationality, shooting location, language of the film, nationality of cast and source of funding.
English subtitles are required for submissions with languages other than English or Japanese.
NTSC/PAL DVD or movie data. Please note that if selected, filmmakers are required to provide an Apple ProRes File or NTSC HDCAM