Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA) is renowned as one of the largest international short film festivals in the world. With accreditation from the esteemed Academy Awards, this festival has been celebrating the art of short films since its inception in 1999.

As part of its commitment to showcasing the evolving world and fostering new possibilities for filmmakers, SSFF & ASIA introduced the Global Spotlight Award in 2020. This award recognizes works that capture the present global landscape and unite diverse perspectives. This year, five exceptional short films have been selected as finalists for the 3rd Global Spotlight Award, featuring renowned creators, artists, and actors pushing the boundaries of storytelling.

The Finalist of the Global Spotlight Award

Among the esteemed finalists for the 3rd Global Spotlight Award are five remarkable short films that delve into unique and thought-provoking narratives. These films not only represent the talent and creativity of their creators but also provide a platform for exploring diverse perspectives.

The five films include:

A Forest Haunt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings his creative prowess to this captivating short film that takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey. Through his narration and production, Gordon-Levitt weaves a compelling tale that invites audiences to immerse themselves in a hauntingly beautiful forest.

For People in Trouble

The collaborative effort of renowned actors and producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck brings us For People in Trouble. This poignant short film tackles challenging themes, shedding light on human struggles and the resilience of the human spirit.

Look at Me

This short film presents a compelling narrative brought to life by the dynamic performances of Chris Rock and Javier Bardem. This thought-provoking short film delves into societal issues, inviting viewers to reflect on the nature of identity and perception.

Look_at_me'Look at Me'Credit: Courtesy of SSFF & ASIA


Narrated by the esteemed filmmaker Wim Wenders,IN QUANTO A NOI (FROM OUR SIDE)explores the complexities of human relationships and the power of connection. This emotionally charged short film offers a unique perspective on the intricacies of human interactions.


TRAP by SEO IN GUK showcases the multifaceted talent of Seo In Guk as both director and lead actor. With his distinct vision, Seo In Guk delivers a captivating story that captivates audiences with its unique perspective and engaging storytelling.

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The winner of the 3rd Global Spotlight Award will be announced during the highly anticipated SSFF & ASIA 2023 opening ceremony on June 6th. As the festival kicks off, these five extraordinary short films and their creators will be celebrated for their exceptional contributions to the art of filmmaking.

SSFF & ASIA continues to push the boundaries of storytelling with its commitment to highlighting innovative short films. The Global Spotlight Award finalists demonstrate the power of short films to captivate audiences, provoke thought, and shed light on the diverse perspectives that shape our world.

As the festival unfolds, audiences eagerly await the announcement of the winner, recognizing the outstanding achievements of these talented creators and celebrating the art of short films.

Which film are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments below!