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Short Film Competition

The Short Film Competition is open to both individual and group submissions. Filmmakers are expected to submit a short film expressing what the theme means to them. Submissions are not limited to any particular genre, so filmmakers are free to choose whatever genre they see fit from drama to fantasy, from comedy to documentary.

The nominated works will premiere on December 10, 2022. The winner will be determined via the votes of real-time attendees and the judges. All the submitted works will be archived on the TIFF website publicly after the premiere.


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With this year’s theme of “Hope”, we wish to highlight the aspirations of mankind and our unfaltering efforts to not just survive but also to build a better world.


No obstacle is too big, and no victory is too small. Let’s celebrate the power of hope by sharing our stories of overcoming obstacles in our lives.



Toyo International Film Festival accepts submissions from the Toyo community and our partner institutions. Specifically, the individual or group participants who wish to submit their works should fall under one of the following categories:


Undergraduate and Graduate students from Toyo University


Overseas students from Toyo University's partner institutions


Faculty members and office employees related to the above institutions

More than 200 overseas institutions are partnered with Toyo University.



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Upon the submission of work, one representative of each team (either individual or group participants) will be asked to provide their personal information. The personal information that is collected from TIFF will only be used for the purpose of identity verification.

Both individual and group participants from partner institutions are required to have one supervisor who is a faculty member or an office employee. The supervisor must be affiliated with Toyo university or its partner institution(s).



The submitted works will be evaluated by the following six aspects -Originality, Story, Cinematography, Music/Score, Message, and Entertainment Value. Each of the following aspects value 5 points each, earning a total of 30 points as the maximum.



Is the film unique, filled with twists and turns? Is this story a one-of-a-kind?



Is the music score suited to the film and does it help tell the character's stories?



Does the film have a clear narrative that draws the audience's attention and is relatable to viewers?



Does the film clearly depict the original message of the theme?



How good are the composition, lighting, camera angles,
framing, etc.?


Entertainment Value

Does the story keep the viewer's attention? Is it fun, engaging, or thought-provoking?


The awardees will be selected on the day of premier by votes of the participants and guest judges from the nominated works. Three selected works will be awarded a trophy, together with a small token of appreciation.

This year's awards and trophies will be announced later.

Last year's awards (top 3): shiny trophy & gift box
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Check out the competition guidelines!

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Check the Guideline!

The complete guideline is now available in a printable PDF document.

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