Are you ready for some amazing short films? It's time again for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia! This year, over 200 films were selected out of 5,720 entrants that were submitted from 126 countries and regions around the world. 

The festival's theme is "Meta Cinema: Transcend, Discover, Begin." And one of the opening short films of the online venue is Boy Sprouted—featuring a script written by artificial intelligence! The fest also explores the utilization of neuroscience and VR short films.


The festival was founded in 1999 as the Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF). The day of its founding, June 4, was registered as “Short Film Film Day” in 2018. In honor of this day, the Global Spotlight Award nominees were just announced! This award is given to a work that conveys the world's changes and endeavors to unite the world. The award-winning films will be announced at the opening ceremony of the film festival on June 7.

The nominees for the second Global Spotlight Award are these six films, featuring work from Taylor Swift, Dev Patel, Darren Aronofsky, and more. Watch them below!

All Too Well: The Short Film (USA), written and directed by Taylor Swift

A short film from a song on her album Red (Taylor’s Version), starring Sadie Sink from Stranger Things and Dylan O'Brien from The Maze Runner.

Bystanders (Korea)

A live-action short film of the world of the popular online Battle Royale game PUBG UNIVERSE. An action movie depicting the behind the 2002 World Cup, starring Go Soo.

Glimpse (UK/France/Ireland)

Heartbroken by his ex-girlfriend, Harvey, an illustrator will introduce you to his beautiful world through VR. Starring Taron Egerton Lucy Boynton.

Roborovski (Australia), directed by Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel

Roborovski follows the eponymous thimble sized hamster, who spends his days in Marvin’s Pet Shop, hoping to find a family. However, when he is constantly overlooked by the people and animals around him his seething resentment and intense jealousy soon takes hold and a murderous side of little Roborovski is released.

The Vandal (USA), directed by Eddie Alcazar and produced by Darren Aronofsky

A man recovering from a lobotomy suddenly loses the love of his life, who was also his caregiver. The aftermath leads his mind into the incomprehensible.

Timothee (Nigeria), directed by Critics Company

Timothee is a story of a humanoid boy trying to navigate life in the northern part of Nigeria as he finds himself in a series of misfortunate events that come as a result of his past.

If you want to check out more from the festival, visit them and watch the shorts online!

This festival is an Academy Award-accredited festival, meaning the winner of the best short awards in the competition, as well as the non-fiction competition, is eligible for nomination in the short film categories of the Academy Awards the next year.