Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia is a showcase for international talent!
Film festivals are often the best places to see content that isn’t shown anywhere else, especially from indie and short film directors. What better way to spot aspiring filmmakers taking risks for bold new stories?
That’s one thing we love about the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia! The festival was founded in 1999 as the Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF). In 2004, the SSFF added a program for Asian short films and, with the support of the Governor of Tokyo, founded the Short Shorts Film Festival Asia.
Now the combination of the two festivals takes place annually in Tokyo as the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, one of the largest short film festivals in Asia. This year’s festival takes place from June 11th to 21st and shows hundreds of short films.
The festival just announced it full program. Let’s take a look!
The theme of the festival is “CINEMADventure”. More than 500 short films from all over the world are shown. Sony supports the official competition.
The festival has added new competitions, such as the Sony-sponsored smartphone film competition and the smash-sponsored Vertical Theater Competition. It looks like some very original content has been selected for these categories that is not to be missed.
There are also international films.
The special screenings from all over the world include David, which was nominated at the Cannes Film Festival and stars Will Ferrell. In the movie, A severely depressed man reaches for emergency therapy. He’s not the only one who needs help.
You can also see Ben Whishaw in Miss luck. In a nutshell, One character’s mother has died, leaving behind two cats, a huge tax bill, and a crush on a boy she can’t talk to. It’s a comedy about grief in which a young woman loses her mother and finds herself again.
Kim Boras The entrance examination and Werner Herzog’s short documentary from 1986 Portrait of Werner Herzog are also in the line-up.
There are special screenings of from Japan Request for a cocktail with Jun Kunimura and The super mission starring Mariko Tsutsui.
In addition to from the inside to the outside directed by Mirai Moriyama, which also includes Japan The woman who performs, directed by Toshiyuki Teruya (Gori) and starring Hikari Mitsushima.
The short film Stardust children, a film by director Eiji Uchida shot entirely on a smartphone, is celebrating its world premiere.
The SSFF & ASIA online venue is open in advance and around 200 short films are streamed online for free worldwide – all you have to do is log in with your email account.
The jurors will award three films: the Best Short Award from each official competition category and the Grand Prix.
The jurors include actors Junko Abe, Ryo Katsuji and Mariko Fuji, photographer Hideaki Hamada, critic Chris Fujiwara and director Tetsuya Mariko.
Several prizes will be announced in the run-up to the film festival and at the opening ceremony on Friday June 11th.
The Best Short Awards and the Grand Prix, George Lucas Award will be at the award ceremony on Monday, 21.