This year's lineup promises to be special.
Are you ready for some amazing short films? It's time again for the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia!
This festival is an Academy Award-accredited festival, meaning the winner of the best short award 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.
This year, over 200 films were selected out of 5,720 films that were submitted from 126 countries and regions around the world.
From premiers from Chris Rock to Ben Affleck & Matt Damon to new, up-and-coming filmmakers, there are so many great premieres happening at SSFF & ASIA 2023 that you can’t miss out on. This is what you need to know about this year’s festival.
What’s Happening at SSFF & ASIA 2023
SSFF & ASIA 2023 announced about 200 selected shorts and features from the 5,215 projects from 120 countries and regions worldwide submitted to the fest. The 200 projects that will be screened at the festival are eligible for the Academy Awards nominations.
Many young creators, female directors, first-time directors, and students submitted to the festival, accumulating about a third of the festival’s entries. With a passion to create awe-inspiring projects after the effects of COVID-19, it is no surprise that many filmmakers want to make a name for themselves at one of the greatest film festivals in the world.
This year’s fest offers a wide range of programs and screenings for audiences and jurors. Inspired by the post-COVID-19 world and the future of movies and film festivals, SSFF & ASIA 2023 looks to highlight the perspective of filmmakers exploring new forms of communication between avatars, AI, cultural fusion, and digital identity.
The world premiere of Short FIlm Envisioning the Future by NTT and Short Shorts and the beta version for the Web 3.0 era have already been launched to give audiences insight into the new era of filmmaking in 2023.
As a new generation of filmmakers starts to make their mark on the filmmaking world, SSFF & ASIA launches the U-25 project to help showcase these new talents. Creators who are exploring new formats of filmmaking can still show off their talents in programs like the smartphone film category supported by Xperia.
SSFF & ASIA are also providing a space for films that focus on the massive worldwide crises that we are facing. From the war-torn backdrop of Ukraine to the films that follow climate change, these films from around the world with diverse perspectives will be screened.
SSFF & ASIA 2023 Lineup
With so many exciting and innovative stories, SSFF & ASIA 2023 lineup is one you don’t want to miss out on.
In the Tokyo Metropolitan Government x Short Shorts Project, the short films that feature Tokyo’s various charms and quirks are put on the center stage as part of plans to make people inside and outside of Japan want to visit Tokyo. Included in this lineup are:
Story to Tell, Directed by Sayaka Nakane
snow escape, Directed by Naoto Kawashima
BARISAN TOKYO, Directed by Raymond Doan
In Paris too, Directed by Samuel Frezoul
In the Unlock – Dive Into the New World program, which features shorts that incorporate avatars, AI, Web 3.0, and the effects of COVID-19, the lineup includes:
Teleporting, Directed by Arum Nam, Chifumi Tanzawa, Nana Noka, Ohyeon Kwon
HYSTERESIS, Directed by Robert Seidel
My Father in the Cloud, Directed by Ruth Patir
There are many other notable works in this year's festival. In the International Competition Special Screening, audiences can watch Look At Me, directed by Sally Potter and stars Chris Rock and Javier Bardem, and the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Produce’s short film For People in Trouble, directed by Alex Lawther, will be available to watch online and in-person.
Another exciting program that we are looking forward to watching is short films for young creators. AOI TYO Group and SSFF & ASIA are coming together to showcase the talents of young creatives through wood carving, stop motion, and other forms of animation. Films included in this lineup are:
HIDARI, Directed by Masashi Kawamura
Domo-kun and the Egg, Directed by Tsuneo Goda
Tribe X, Directed by Rintaro
Palm, Directed by Shoya Kashiwai
Other films in the festival’s programs include the following.
Asia International Competition Special Screening
Contact Point, Directed by Jay Choi
BI GAN, Directed by Bi Gan
Japan Competition Special Screening & Pick Ups
Izakaya Dialogue, Directed by Hisato Michigami
STRANGE, Directed by Ken Ochiai
Aufguss, Directed by Daigo Matsui
Animation Division Special Screening
IN QUANTO A NOI (FROM OUR SIDE), Directed by Simone Massi
Horizon, Directed by Taiga Kawazoe
Non-fiction Section Special Screening
HAULIOUT, Directed by Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev
Smartphone Film Competition Supported by Sony’s Xperia
The creation of a symbolic painting, Directed by Yevheniia Kolesnykova
The impact of a single word, Directed by Shusuke Kowata
War and the Power to Live Program Supported by Red Cross
Warrior, Directed by Amanbek Azhymat
Shibuya Diversity Program
Look Like You, Directed by Snigdha Kapoor
Women in Cinema Project
Made of Flesh, Directed by Florence Rochat
Social Chameleon, Directed by Alex Ross
Save the Planet!
OUR FUTURES, Directed by Thibault Martin
Desert Lights, Directed by Katherina Harder
Leader, Directed by Chris Overton
You can check out all of these short films on the SSFF & ASIA website.
SSFF & ASIA announced on the festival’s official website the nominated films and special screening films at this year’s film festival in Tokyo. The festival’s opening ceremony will be held on June 6th and the award ceremony will take place on June 26th.
If you can’t attend in person, then don’t worry. SSFF & ASIA’s online venue opened on April 27th, allowing you to watch and enjoy a variety of diverse short films from all over the world until July 10th.
If you want to check out more from the festival, visit them and watch the shorts online!
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