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What is Short Film?

A Short Film can be defined as anything from a film as short as one second, to a longer, more varied length work. For instance, for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia’s Official Competitions, the submission limit is 25 minutes; for the Academy Awards, submissions can be up to 40 minutes; Cannes Film Festival submissions must be within 15 minutes. At Short Shorts, one program runs for approximately 100 minutes, and films varying from 1 second in length to 25 minutes make up a single program. This screening, you have the chance to see anywhere between 4 to 5 films. Come by and enjoy back-to-back screenings of our great programs!

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016
Autumn Short Film Harvest Selection – Admission Free –

“Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), Academy Awards® accredited and one of Asia’s largest international short film festivals, is held every year as a sponsored project of Tokyo International Film Festival. It is held every year with the goal of spreading the appeal of short films and nurturing young filmmakers. In addition to the winning titles of SSFF & ASIA 2016 Grand Prix, you will be able to enjoy short films from all over the world. There will also be events and seminars with many different guests invited. It will be held at 2 places, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills [10/17 (Mon) – 19 (Wed)] and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum [10/20 (Thu) – 23 (Sun)]. The screening program is free of charge, so please do not hesitate to attend. “


Festival History

What is Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA)?

This Japan born, Academy Awards® accredited festival is one of the largest film festivals in Asia. The festival was started by actor Tetsuya Bessho, a native of Japan and SAG member, as he wanted to introduce Japanese audiences to short films, which were a format that many people in Japan were unfamiliar with. The first festival was held in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo in 1999, and 6 short films made by George Lucas, known best for the “Star Wars” franchise, when he was a student were screened. Since then we have received an annual letter of support from the director.

In 2001 the festival became known officially as Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF), and in 2004 was accredited as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards ®. This means that the winner of the festival Grand Prix is eligible to be nominated in one of the short film categories of the Academy Awards ® the following year, offering a bridge between Japan and the Oscars so that young talents may realize their dreams.

Furthermore, Short Shorts Film Festival Asia (SSFF ASIA) was established with support from Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2004, to introduce new Asian video culture and nurture young filmmaking talents from the region. To this day, the two festivals are held together as Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. Aside from the 3 Official Competitions, there are categories and programs compiled around “music,” “environment” and “CG animation” related shorts.

The short film specialist theater Brillia Short Shorts Theater was established in the Minatomirai area of Yokohama in 2008. Also acting as one of the festival venues, the theater has welcomed over 280,000 audience members to date. Whilst the festival expands its activities in Japan in order to spread the word of short film, it will also continue to support young creators and provide a springboard into the world of film.

Ticket Information

Advance Reservations for both Paid Admission and Free Admission Screenings and Events can be made as of 14:00 on 15 Sep (Tus) via the official festival website.

Admission to free programs Advance Reservation
All Screenings and Events are Free Admission, with the exception of a few selected events. Advance Reservations for both Paid Admission and Free Admission Screenings and Events can be made as of 13:00 on 15 Sep (Tus) via the official festival website. Be sure to reserve your tickets early!
You can reserve tickets through the official festival website .

*Please note that account holders can reserve a maximum of two tickets per program, but may make reservations for as many different programs as desired without limitation.
e.g.) YES: June 4th, two I-A Program tickets and two I-B Program tickets
NO: June 4th, four I-A Program tickets

*Advance reservations will be open until the day before the screening at 23:59, unless the advance reservations hit full capacity in which case they will be closed earlier.

*You will need to exchange your Peatix reservation receipt for a numbered admission tickets at the counter on the day of screening, no later than five minutes before the screening starts. We’ll start the exchange for the numbered admission tickets at each venue on the day of the screening, from 20 minutes before the first program of the day opens. IF you do not exchange for your numbered admission tickets at least five minutes before your selected screening starts, your reservation will be cancelled. You will not be admitted without a numbered admission ticket.

プログラムTicket Reservation

Reserving tickets on the day of screening
There will be a limited number of day-of-screening tickets available.
We’ll start distributing numbered admission tickets at each venue on the day of the screening, from 20 minutes before the first screening of the day opens. They will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
*For day-of-screening tickets, one person can receive a maximum of one numbered admission tickets per program.
*We highly recommend reserving tickets in advance as you may not be able to obtain day-of-screening admission tickets.
*Please note that we’ll stop distributing tickets when the screening hits full capacity.
All seats will be cleared after each program.

Paid Events & Passport

Please refer to Page 2 for details of the events and the ticket price.
*Please be sure to check the cancellation policy when purchasing tickets/passports as there is a cancellation fee in place.

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Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku Tokyo

The closest station to the museum is Ebisu. The museum is located in Yebisu Garden Place, a 7-minute walk from the East Exit of JR Ebisu station or a 10-minute walk from Exit 1 of Ebisu station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (go up the long escalator at the front of the Atre station building and continue past the JR entrance on the right).

Andaz Tokyo Andaz Studio

“1-23-4, Toranomon, Minato-ku Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Metro Ginza line: Toranomon station Exit 4, five minute walk Tokyo Metro Hibiya line: Kamiyacho station Exit 3, six minute walk Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, Hibiya, or Chiyoda line Exit A12: Kasumigaseki station, eight minute walk Toei Subway: Uchisaiwaicho station Exit A3, eight minute walk Ginza line, Toei Asakusa line, Yurikamome, JR Yamanote, Keihin Tohoku, Tokaido, or Yokosuka line: Shimbashi station Karasumoriguchi exit, 11 minute walk


東京都港区南青山 4-21-26

表参道駅 A4/A5出口 より徒歩3分
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