Call for Entry

14th Sapporo International Short Film Festival & Market – Call For Entry


The Sapporo International Short Film Festival & Market (Japan) is accepting short films from January 27th until April 21st, 2019. Here you can find more information about their call for entry.

The Sapporo International Short Film Festival continues to attract between 2800 and 3500 entries per year across all genres cementing its reputation as one of Japan and Asia`s largest and most respected showcases of short form cinema. The festival offers one of the best opportunities available for filmmakers looking to expose their creative works to large audiences and to submit for appraisal by high profile international jury members in the heart of the burgeoning Asian transnational film scene.

Since its inception in 2006, the festival has received more than 35,000 entries from 141 countries and boasts an average annual festival audience of more than 10,000 film enthusiasts. The high volume of entries each year allows for the curation of an extensive and diverse array of programs of both Japanese and International films of the highest quality in various competitive categories. Selected films are professionally showcased, subtitled in Japanese, and screened in state of the art cinema surrounds.

The Japanese and International programs in competition are complimented by specially curated programs by festival and industry partners from around the world, an extensive selection of off- theatre Japanese shorts programs, along with numerous industry workshops and seminars. A total of around 150-200 films are screened each year in competition and in one-off boutique programs.

General Rules: (Remember the festival will accept entries starting on January 27th)
– Short Films must be completed after January 1st, 2018.
– Short Films shouldn’t exceed 30 minutes.
– The Festival accepts all genres, including music video.
– If the dialogue language is not English, preview copy and screening film must be subtitled in English.
– No premiere status required in Japan and accept web streamed shorts as well.
– All submissions will be registered to the short film market.
– Short Films can submitted via ShortFilmDepot or FilmFreeway.
– Submission Fees:
On ShortFilmDepot – 1 Stamp ($ 3.6 EUR)
On FilmFreeway
-– Opening Deadline – FREE
— Earlybird Deadline – $10 USD
— Regular Deadline — $25 USD ($10 USD for Students)
— Late Deadline — $40 USD ($25 USD for Students)
– Deadlines:
On ShortFilmDepot: February 10th, 2019.
On FilmFreeway
— Opening Deadline: February 10th, 2019
— Earlybird Deadline: March 3rd, 2019
— Regular Deadline: March 31st, 2019
— Late Deadline: April 21st, 2019

We recommend filmmakers to read the full Rules and Regulations here:

We remind readers that the 14th Sapporo International Short Film Festival & Market will take place from October 16th – 20th, 2019 in Sapporo, Japan.

Too see other Call for Entries please follow the next link: “Call For Entries

Festival’s Trailer 2018

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