If you have a great love and passion for Tokyo, then you might want to take them and turn them into art for the Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA's 2021 Cinematic Tokyo Competition.

SSFF & ASIA are looking for submissions that capture the essence and the heart of Tokyo, not necessarily just its physical location. In fact, your film doesn't have to be filmed or even take place in Tokyo, but it should depict memories, impressions, and experiences of Japan's capital.

The winner of the Cinematic Tokyo Competition will receive 1 million Japanese yen (about $9380 USD).

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out the specially produced short film by SSFF & ASIA, This is Tokyo, which was directed by Ben Suzuki and shot in Tokyo.

SSFF & ASIA 2020, which is normally held in June, had originally been postponed due to the Coronavirus. However, it will now be held from Wednesday, Sept. 16th through Sunday, Sept. 27th, and will have an expanded online festival, as well. Out of the submissions received from over 112 countries and regions, over 200 carefully selected short films will be screened, including those from the Official Competition supported by Sony, which will gain eligibility for the Academy Awards.


In addition, this year’s call for short films that highlight the massive appeal and countless attractions of the city of Tokyo in the Cinematic Tokyo Competition drew 236 submissions from around the world. In this category, the Australian short film Guppy won the Best Short Award. 


Anyone from anywhere in the world can submit their short films. All genres are welcome, but submissions should be no longer than 25 minutes and contain English subtitles if they're in any language other than English or Japanese.

Submissions are now open but will close on January 31, 2021. There is no submission fee, so get your shorts in now!

Also, SSFF & ASIA also recognizes that there have been enormous challenges forced upon film production, film festivals, film distribution, and businesses for more than half a year. That is why they invited special guests to discuss the current reality and the future of filmmaking. Those videos can be found on the SSFF & ASIA YouTube channel. Check them out here.

Featured image: SSFF & ASIA 2019 Cinematic Tokyo Competition Best Short Award “Robu” Directed by Kai Hasson and Starring Jharrel Jerome.

Source: Short Shorts