Toyo International Film Festival 2021 receives open submissions on the short film competition program. The submission for the short film competition is opened to individuals and groups of filmmakers from the Toyo university community, including its overseas partner institutions. The nominated works will be screened at the premier on December 11, 2021. The final awardee will be selected via votes of the real-time participants and the judges. All the submitted works will be archived on TIFF website publicly after the premier.

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General Requirements

  • The film should be in accordance with the purpose of this project and follow the theme.

  • The duration of the film must be between 5 to 10 minutes.

  • The film's language will be English. If your film's main language is another language, please integrate (burn-in)English subtitles into it.

  • The file's title should please be in the following format: [TIFF_Your film title_Film].

  • The thumbnail should be: [TIFF_Your film title_Thumbnail].

  • The title should not include any special characters or blank spaces (!,?,%,$,*,etc)

  • The film should neither have been previously submitted nor cross-posted on another platform.

  • The film should be submitted together with the thumbnails and the complete descriptions. The nominated work will be featured on the poster, webpage, and promotion materials.

  • Only submissions in the form of digital data will be accepted.

  • Please submit all the required items no later than 23:59, November 12, 2021, Japan Standard Time (JST). The late submission will not be accepted.


Technical Requirements

  • The film must be in either MOV or MP4 format.

  • The film must contain all the corresponding audio, video, and subtitles in a single file.

  • The file size of the film should not exceed 5GB.

  • The resolution of the film should be in landscape, 1920x1080 px (16:9 aspect ratio)

  • The film should please be rendered in high-quality video and audio

  • (Codec format: H.264 high profile for video, low complexity AAC for audio).


Copyright Policy

  •  The entrants retain the copyrights of the film(s) they submitted. However, entrants agree to grant the event organizer non–exclusive rights to utilize all or part of the film for the sole purpose of managing the festival without any additional compensation. These rights include, but are not limited to, Right of Reproduction, Right of Rental, Right of Screen Presentation, and Rights of Adaptation.

  • In case the film contains any copyrighted music, sounds, or images, make sure that they are licensed.

  • Entrants who use copyright–free material must obey its terms of use.

  • If the film does not adhere to all of the requirements listed above, the organizer may pull the entree from the selection process without notice. Even if a film meets the rules above, the organizer may eliminate a film from selections, if the contents are not suitable for the purpose of this festival.

  • The entrant is solely responsible for any problems or disputes regarding the copyright(s) of the submitted film. TIFF does not hold any corresponding responsibility.



TIFF 2021 Short Film Competition

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