Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018

What is Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia?

This Japan born, Academy Awards® accredited festival is one of the largest film festivals in Asia. The festival was started by actor Tetsuya Bessho, a native of Japan and SAG member, as he wanted to introduce Japanese audiences to short films, which were a format that many people in Japan were unfamiliar with. The first festival was held in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo in 1999, and 6 short films made by George Lucas, known best for the “Star Wars” franchise, when he was a student were screened.

In 2004 our festival was accredited as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards ® and this means that the winner of the festival Grand Prix is eligible to be nominated in one of the short film categories of the Academy Awards ® the following year, offering a bridge between Japan and the Oscars so that young talents may realize their dreams. And in 2017, our 2016 Grand Prix winner, Kristof Deak from Hungary won the Academy Awards® in the Live Action Short Film Category.

On our 20th anniversary year, 2018, the Grand Prix of SSFF & ASIA was renamed as the George Lucas Award.
Moreover, our online cinema “Brillia Short Shorts Theater Online” launched in February 2018, which introduces a life with cinema throughout the country. The film festival has so far recorded a total of 380,000 audience members up until now. Whilst the festival expands its activities in Japan in order to spread the word of short film, it will also continue to support young creators and provide a springboard into the world of film.

Shabu-Shabu Spirit

24 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Comedy
Director: Yuki Saito, 2015
Duration: 10:32 min

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Novela Picaresca

24 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Comedy
Director: Kenji Qurata, 2017
Duration: 24:58 min

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Ms. Strangedisposition or: How I Desire to Be Rich

24 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Drama
Director: Taishi Shiode, 2017
Duration: 14:19 min

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Shakespeare in Tokyo

24 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Fiction
Director: Genevieve Clay-Smith, 2018
Duration: 20:34 min

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Hana

25 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Drama
Director: Yusaku Okamoto, 2016
Duration: 15:00 min

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Home Away From Home

25 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Drama
Director: Yukinori Makabe, 2017
Duration: 12:36 min

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The Mayor's New Clothes

25 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Drama
Director: Hiroyuki Shintani, 2018
Duration: 20:52 min

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Diary about Tokyo's Future

25 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Drama
Director: Geon Kim, Kaitlin Tinker, Kaiyu Chang, Kristof Deak, Pia Shah, 2016
Duration: 04:37 min

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A Grain of Wheat

25 Augusti, Arbis Bar & Salonger

Genre: Drama
Director: Ben Suzuki, 2016
Duration: 17:59 min

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