SSFF & ASIA is launching the Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony
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The Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA is back and wants to give filmmakers the opportunity not only to compete for an Oscar, but also to create engaging content on their mobile devices via the new smartphone film competition sponsored by Sony.

If you're a filmmaker with a killer short film idea, you might want to take a look at what Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA (SSFF & ASIA), one of the largest short film festivals in Asia, has to offer you this year .

SSFF & ASIA is now officially accepting submissions and searching for short films to compete in a variety of different competitions, including the official competitions as well as others such as CG Animation, Cinematic Tokyo and, for the first time, Sony's supported smartphone film competition.

To apply for the short film categories of the Academy Awards, participants must take part in the non-cash competition or one of the three official competitions:

Official competition sponsored by Sony

  • International
  • Asia International
  • Japan

A Grand Prix will be selected from these winners and presented with the George Lucas Award. There is also the possibility of being nominated in one of the short film categories of the Academy Awards.

But that's not all. SSFF & ASIA launches a new competition for mobile filmmakers, the Sony-sponsored smartphone film competition. Although the competition is supported by Sony, participants can use any smartphone they want. The entries cannot be longer than 25 minutes.

This competition, sponsored by Sony Mobile Communications Inc., which makes the Xperia ™ (Sony Mobile) smartphone, is aimed at expanding the range of expressions and opportunities for challenge developers. SSFF & ASIA support the creation of creativity in filmmaking that only applies to smartphones.

For Sony's latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1 II, the team that developed Sony's popular CineAlta series of cameras, including Venice, oversaw the installation of the Cinematography Pro app. Thanks to the technologies of the CineAlta camera with cinematic color reproduction and clarity, the look presets, 24 frames per second, 4K 10-bit HDR with lower white balance levels, custom settings and professional displays, you can enjoy professional film experiences. Click here for more details.

As part of this year's SSFF & ASIA 2020, the "Creators & # 39; Junction in partnership with Xperia" will take place on Monday, September 28, via YouTube Live. This seminar, together with Sony and Sony Mobile, who support and make the dreams of filmmakers a reality, will examine and examine the rapid advancement of the "new" style of filmmaking and visual creativity with the new generation of makers.

Acclaimed filmmaker Naomi Kawase and special guest artist and musician Daiki Tsuneta will be there, and Festival President Tetsuya Bessho will be the host. The lecture session will examine and discuss the many new possibilities and techniques that will arise in the “new normal” era of filmmaking with smartphones, as well as the state of filmmaking in general.

The deadlines vary between the individual competitions. Here is a brief breakdown:

  • Official competitions supported by Sony: 09/30/20 (early), 11/30/20 (regular), 01/31/21 (final)
  • Material competition: 09/30/20 (early), 11/30/20 (regular), 01/31/21 (final)
  • Film competition in Tokyo: 31/01/21
  • CG animation competition: 31/01/21
  • Sony sponsored smartphone film competition: 31/01/21
  • Brand shorts: 10/31/20 (early), 11/30/20 (regular), 02/28/21 (final)

A more detailed table can be found on the SSFF & ASIA website with information on entry fees, prices and much more.

SSFF & ASIA 2020, which usually takes place in June, was originally postponed. D.due to the coronavirus. However, It will now take place from Wednesday, September 16 through Sunday, September 27, and there will also be an expanded online festival. Submissions from over 112 countries and regions will screen over 200 carefully selected short films, including those from the Sony-sponsored official competition that is eligible for the Oscars.

The film festival is scheduled for June 2021, although that is a tentative date in light of COVID-19.

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