Live-action Competition

International Program

A program that screens short films from every corner of the world, with the exception of Asia and Japan. Introducing 37 short films from 97 different countries and regions selected from 2099 submissions. 3 films are also invited as special screenings.

Asia International & Japan Program

A program that presents short films from throughout Asia including Japan. 25 short films from 22 different Asian countries and regions excluding Japan, selected out of 593 submissions.
Introducing 25 Japan short films selected from 243 submissions.

Competition Programs

Non-Fiction Program

In 2018, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of SSFF & ASIA, we established the brand new "Non-fiction Competition."Being an Academy Awards® accredited short film festival has allowed us to present this competition, which will let the audience experience the power of visual images.

Animation Program

The Animation program, offers the audience a chance to enjoy all kind of animated shorts. These top quality films are fun for adults as well as children.

Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony’s Xperia

A competition to gather short films from around the world that were shot on smartphones. These short films remind us once again the arrival of the smartphone cinematography era. Enjoy the new visual expression unique to shooting on smartphones.
16 short films from 53 different countries and regions were selected out of 363 submissions.

Cinematic Tokyo Program

This competition accepts submissions from all over the world for short films showcasing the various charms of Tokyo. Productions do not have to b filmed in Tokyo, but must include themes that make one think of Tokyo, be centered on memories of Tokyo or imagine the essence of Tokyo. The program selected 6 films out of 273 submissions from 52 countries and regions.

U-25 Project

Established in 2019. In order to support young filmmakers in Japan, we called for short films of less than 5 minutes, produced by directors under 25 years old.


BRANDED SHORTS International Competition

A competition that combines short films and advertising that features branded companies or organizations overseas to promote their products and/or activities.

BRANDED SHORTS National Competition

A competition that combines short films and advertising that features branded companies or organizations in Japan to promote their products and/or activities.

BRANDED SHORTS HR Competition supported by Indeed

Category of films selected from among the branded movies with the perspective that leads to recruitment.

Visual Tourism Award

Since 2012, SSFF & ASIA has awarded the "Visual Tourism Award Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner's Award" to a tourism promotion short film with elements of creativity, publicity, and trends. For this 12th edition, five films were selected as finalists from among those submitted to the BRANDED SHORTS Competition. One of the finalists will be awarded at the festival in June with the Tourism Agency Commissioner's Award for the Visual Tourism Award.

Special Programs

Shibuya Diversity Program

Shibuya City has established a basic concept which highlights its future. The aim is to fully establish a global city by developing the concept: “Shibuya--- turning differences into strengths”. Shibuya City has collaborated with SSFF & ASIA and will present an award to a short film which promotes diversity and inclusion to spread the basic concept of Shibuya. This program will screen all nominated films, as well as the awarded film. Shibuya welcomes people from all around the world to come and enjoy life, understand each other, and live together in harmony to promote turning differences into strengths for the city's future. Let’s make Shibuya together!

War and the Power to Live Program supported by Red Cross

Wars and other situations of violence ruin many people’s lives all over the world.We have seen many conflicts that has started and escalated in recent years, like what the world is witnessing in Ukraine; but too few of them end, and in each one it is the civilian populations that bear the consequences. People are losing their loved ones as well as a peaceful state of mind. Regardless of where we live, in conflict or in peace, we share the same values for human dignity.
By projecting those struggling with various types of hardships in the program, we would like you to get to know how they live, then think about what you can do first to help people around you. This program was launched with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015. It is our 9th year of collaboration, and we nominated six films in total for the program and screen the selected films both online and onsite.

Women in Cinema Project

Dynamic women and empowerment films meet!
A showcase for films with women-centered narratives that promote a culture of care, empowerment and inclusion. A program for women filmmakers and male allies that are driving change and are committed to gender equality.

Unlock-Jumping into a New World-

A program focused on the emerging lifestyles that will become the new norm: New ways of communication, cultural blending, digital identities, latest technologies and their impact with our daily lives. The future is already here.


Shining a spotlight by drawing attention to the young talented filmmakers from Japan!

Very Shorts Program


Celebration Program

Celebrations are an important part of all cultures, and it gives us a rest from the routine. We dedicate this program to films that show the quirks and perks that come with the celebrations.

KIDS Program

Experience the world through short films!
Centered on non-dialogue works, this program will draw both adults and children in.

Online Special Selection

This is a special selection for the opening of the online venue!





Milbon CO., LTD.

Hoppy Beverage co.


Digital Hollywood Co., Ltd.

Indeed Japan K.K.

The JIKEI COM Group of Colleges


its communications Inc.

Digital Innovation Partner

Deloitte Digital

Creative Partners

AOI Pro. Inc.

TYO Inc.

dwarf studios

Media Partners

J-WAVE, Inc.



Media Supporters

Kinema Junposha., Ltd


English Media Supporter

Kyodo News Plus

Festival Supporters

MORI Building

Equipment Supporter


War and the Power
To Live Program Special Support

International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC)

Official Tote Bag


Tokyo Tokyo Festival