Shorts Shorts Festival and ASIA (SSFF & ASIA) is breaking barriers again this year with a docket of films you don't want to miss. While the in-person fest is happening in Tokyo starting June 4th, you can catch their carefully curated lineup online starting now through June 30th with their "Illuminate your life " initiative.

These carefully selected, Academy-qualifying shorts are very much worth your time for some thoughtful engagement. Check them out below, along with some details for any and all unfamiliar with what they have to offer (for now!).

"This year, a total of 4,936 films from 114 countries and regions were submitted to the Festival. 25% of the films were under 10 minutes in length. The number of entries from the USA, Japan, China, France and the UK was particularly high, while there were unusual entries from Mauritania, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, Kosovo and other countries.

The proportion of female directors increased slightly to 40% of the total. Amidst ongoing tensions in the world, such as wars and earthquakes, this year, more films appealing for peace than in previous years left a lasting impression.

In this context, there were many films with heavy themes that dared to be upbeat and positive, showing the creators' passionate desire to light up the world and life with the power of film, especially at a time when there is so much gloomy news. Films on the theme of family and human ties were one of the most common themes in all categories, and the importance of these bonds is a subject that moves us to reconsider the importance of these bonds."

"Good Boy"

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Director:Tom Stuart/U.K./16:01/Drama/2023

Out of money and out of luck, Danny is determined to turn his life around.

Starring Ben Whishaw (“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”)A shortlisted for the Academy Awards

"Once Outside"

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Starring Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)

Something important to find in the midst of adolescence.

Director: Malo Welfling/France/15:01/Drama/2023

Adolescent slacker Nino goes out against his abusive father’s orders, leading to a violent quarrel. Longing to flee this toxic environment, he leaves home with the sole purpose of escape. Through an ensuing encounter, he finds an alternative approach.

"Zi Mui"

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Poonpiriya known for “Bad Genius” and Actresses Cris and Ploi Horwang, who are real life sisters

Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya/Thailand/22:43/Drama/2023

An old woman in the countryside begins another ordinary day. Breakfast with a young town official on a small table, chatter with a delivery man on the porch. However, she begins to feel a faint discord somewhere in her usual days.

"Toss Coin"

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Directed by Cathy Garcia-Sampana from the award-winning blockbuster Hello, Love, GoodbyeDirector:CathyGarciaSampanais/Philippine/12:18/Drama/2023

The director of Hello, Love, Goodbye, outdoes herself again with another romcom film. All it takes is one coin flip and one lie, and it leads Pia down a memory lane of her ex-boyfriend. She revisits all their special places, hoping to bump into him again and to rekindle their love. But will this lead her back to him or the beginning of a new journey?

"Studio Koohyesun"

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Director: Koo Hye-sun/Korea/15:00/Music, Non-fiction/2024A musical documentary wherein I hope that my ‘Peach Tree’ will bloom again as it would in spring.

"Stray Kids"

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SKZFLIX Director:BYEONGJUNE KIM/Korea/10:51/ドラマ/2023 Running for their dream of film. They become friends in a university club and decide to make a short film...

"Seoul Switch"

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Director:Liann Kaye/U.S.A./ 12:43/Comedy/2023i f you sexy in the East, clap ya hands!

"AI Love You"

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Starring Tokio Emoto, sci-fi comedy about marriage and AI Director Raita Yabushita/6:55/Japan/Drama/2023

In the near future, the development of AI has made it possible to determine human compatibility with high probability. A young couple goes to the inlaws to meet them before being wed. As if in opposition to the efficiency-oriented world, the couple had been dating without having their compatibility score determined by an AI app. What will happen when the inlaws find out about this?

"Toma #2"

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Starring Takashi Yamanaka and Kyusaku Shimada

A moving story about a father with dementia and his memories.Director: Yohei Hasebe /19:55/Japan/Drama/2023

When Toma decides to place his father, who suffers from dementia, in a facility, he discovers an instant camera in his father's room that he had forgotten to develop. The camera, labeled "TOMA No. 2," was filled with memories of his father.


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Actor Sota Fukushi’s Directorial Debut Director:Sota Fukushi/25:00/Japan/Drama/2024

Itsuki, who once wanted to go to an art college but now does physical work for the family, meets Miwa who is staring at his artwork at the gallery. Although they are slowly getting closer, they still feel a wall between themselves. One night under a full moon, they have an in-depth conversation.

"Sotaisei Nagaya Ron"

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Starring Akana Ikeda and Rin Nagata

Specially Produced Short Filmby Winner of the 3rd HOPPY HAPPY AWARDDirector:Daisuke Kamijo/22:00/Japan/Drama/2024

Rika is known as a good person at school, almost too good, while Hibiki is more logical and does not like wasting time. One day Rika got a copy of her Family Register in order to submit to the school, she found out that she was adopted and felt in shock. Rika and Hibiki try to find out the truth and visit the address written on Family Register paper.

"Grooving Night" (SXSW 2024)

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Directed by globally popular CHAMELEON LIME WHOOPIEPIE

Music Documentary showing stage of the SXSW 2024

Director: CHAMELEON LIME WHOOPIEPIE/5:00/Japan/Music Video/2024

A special music video of their new song “Grooving Night,” which was produced, shot and edited by the band and the documentary of their performance at SXSW 2024 held in Austin, TX in March.

"Brave Grandpa"

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Director:Fumiya Sano/1:00/Japan/Comedy/2023

Grandpa starts playing video games as a hobby after retirement.

"Joining the Seniors"

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Recently, the husband has been acting weird. His tone sounds like a senior, and he buys a walking stick while he has no trouble with his legs.

"The Artificial Conjuring Circle"

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The first film in the festival to be subtitled and fully generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI)!Director:Sofia Braga/Austria/5:14/Animation Experimental/2023

An AI-generated short film, depicting an era of collaboration between humans and non-humans towards earthly survival. Within an artificial scenario, where even the subtitles elude comprehension, we bear witness to the process of human reprogramming.


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Digital Hollywood presents Digital Frontier

Grand-Prix 2024 Best Animation Award WinnerDirector: Kei Kanamori/Japan/2:40/Animation/2024

Origami is a square piece of paper that can be transformed into various forms by "folding" it, and even after being transformed into any form, it returns to its original square when unfolded. Just like in life, being born from the earth and returned to it, a square paper is transformed into various origami creatures and brought to life.

"Planet of Metal"

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Director:GAC/Japan/5:32/Music Video/2024

A collaboration with ASTERISM, a 3-piece instrumental metal band that performs all over the world, and Acky Bright, an illustrator who is widely popular, especially in the United States. A special report on a science fiction adventure with the theme "PLANET OF METAL" featuring music by ASTERISM and illustrations by Acky Bright.


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Journalist Shiori Ito directed

Turkey after the disaster, as captured on camera by a 14-year-old.Director:Shiori Ito/Japan/10:23/Documentary/2023

On February 6, 2023, a major earthquake hit Turkey and Syria. For Efe, a 14- year-old boy, death became very close. One day, Efe picked up a camera. What is the post-disaster world as seen through his eyes?

"Siren! Air Raid Alert! Head For Cover!"

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War Ukraine missile attack horror experimental news documentary witnesses Kyiv.

Director: Lidiya Huzhva/Ukraine/4:47/Documentary/2023

One day in Kyiv in 2022. A film, made from footage shot by survivors of the Russian missile attack on Kyiv, Ukraine, on October 10, 2022.

"Sasha's Slope"

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Wars and other situations of violenceruin many people’s lives all over the world.

Director: Yoshiki Oneda/Japan/22:00/Drama/2023

Rin takes English class with a Russian teacher at a small school on top of the hill. She gets anxious seeing other students quitting the class after hearing the news about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.


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A year of international sporting competitions! Swimming, boxing, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, football People's LIFE reflected in sporting motifs.

Director:Elahe Esmaili/U.K./22:36/Drama/2023

Hoora, a 15-year-old Iranian in the UK, excels in rhythmic gymnastics and is picked for team England with a promising chance of making it to the Olympics. However, her dreams are jeopardized when her mom objects to her participation.


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Shibuya, the city which turns differences into strengths illuminates world diversityDirector:Florence Rochat, Séréna Robin/Australia・U.S.A./15:33/Drama/2023

A young Indian mother who is trying to keep her immigrant family afloat in Australia decides to steal from her visiting in-laws.

"Glimmer of Hope"

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Dynamic women and empowerment films meet! A showcase for films with women-centered narratives that promote a culture of care, empowerment and inclusion

Director: Sophia Tamaro/Germany/5:00/Drama/2023

Under the eyes of a moody cashier, the women in a supermarket queue soothe a crying baby by singing a nursery rhyme in their native languages.

"Cats Are Liquid"

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Experience short films Centered on non-dialogue films which both adults and children can enjoyDirector:Natálie Durchánková/Czech Republic/1:11/ Animation/2023

A film filled with multiple silly scenes that prove that cats are (contrary to popular belief) not in fact solid but liquid instead.

"Midori and Cheese's Musical Diary"

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Midori and Cheese, アメリカ = USA.

Director:Setsu Goto/アメリカ/10:59/Animation/2024 Starring world famous Violinist Midori

"The Light the Never Goes Out"

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Director:Yohei Shikano/Japan/19:02/Fantasy/2023

Zenkichi made a living by performing "Utsushi-E" to entertain the common people in early 19th century Japan.

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At the Opening Ceremony, which opens the screening at the Tokyo venue, festival representative Tetsuya Bessho and ambassador LiLiCo will welcome Yudai Chiba, Sota Fukushi, Win Morisaki and a variety of other guests and the Global Spotlight Award, the U-25 Project, the J-WAVE SOUND OF CINEMA AWARD, Shibuya Diversity Award and the Amic Sign Award will be presented to the as well as announcements of new short films, projects and short film screenings.

■Dates & Time:Tuesday, June 4th 3:30pm


■Ticket:First sell Thursday, April 25th to Monday, May 6th, Second Sell Tuesday May 21st at

5,000 JPY

※ Live Streamed on SSFF & ASIA YouTube (part of the content will be available only at Venue)

■Guests: Yudai Chiba, Sota Fukushi, Win Morisaki, LiLiCo (Festival Ambassador), Tetsuya Bessho (SSFF & ASIA President) and others