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  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2019

    29 May – 16 June 2019
    5 venues and web streaming


    “Short Shorts Film Festival”, one of the most important short film festivals in Asia, will be soon held in Tokyo.

    About the Short Shorts Film Festival

    Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia (aka “SSFF & ASIA”) takes place annually in Tokyo to feature excellent short films from Japan and abroad. The festival was started in 1999 by Japanese actor Tetsuya Bessho.

    In 2019, some 200 works selected from approximately 10,000 entries from about 130 countries / regions will be screened free of charge (*except for some paid events).


    A qualifying festival for the Academy Awards®

    From these films, a total of four SSFF competition winners will be eligible for an Academy Awards® nomination in the short film categories.

    The four eligible SSFF categories are: “International Competition”, “Asia International Competition”, “Japan Competition” and this year “Non-Fiction Program supported by Yahoo Japan Corporation”.

    The jury consists of notables from Japan, and for this year, Gina Dellabarca, director of Show Me Shorts Film Festival, from New Zealand.


    ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2019
    The 2019 juries include, among others (clockwise from left top): Gina Dellabarca, Masatoshi Nagase, Rino Katase, Tomoyuki Sugiyama, Hideaki Kato, Kazufumi Miyazawa and Ai Tominaga


    Highlights of SSFF 2019

    ◆ 2019 Theme

    The theme for the 21st edition is “Cinematic Attitude“. The festival will showcase, across the categories, short films that reflect “culture and society” with directors’ acute sensibility.

    ◆ Screening venues

    • 30 May (Thu) – 2 June (Sun) iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futako Tamagawa Rise
    • 6 June (Thu) – 9 June (Sun) Omotesando Hills Space O
    • 11 June (Tue) Akasaka Intercity Conference the AIR
    • 11 June (Tue) -14 June (Fri) Andaz Tokyo Andaz Studio
    • 13 June (Thu)-15 June (Sat) SHIDAX Culture Hall

    ◆Web streaming (“Online Screening”)

    Every day during the festival, a selection of short films will be made available online. Go to the event’s bilingual website to watch.

    ◆ SSFF 2019 programme

    The detailed programme is given in English on the “Program & Events” and “Schedule” page of the festival website.

    Some of the categories are:

    • International –  Short films from around the world, except for Japan and countries in Asia
    • Asia International & Japan –   Short films from Asia
    • CG Animation –   Computer generated animation shorts
    • Save the Earth! Program supported by RINREI –   Films to shed light on environmental issues
    • Non-Fiction Program supported by Yahoo Japan Corporation



    ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2019
    “Coin Lunch” David Allen (2018)

    ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2019
    “Geno” Dato Kiknavelidze (2017)

    ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2019
    “ROBIN” Kenji Kurata (2019)


    ◆ How to see the films

    Tickets (mostly free) can be reserved through a Japanese system “Peatix”, accessible from the festival website.

    There may be – if not booked out – a small number of on-the-day tickets available at the venue, on the first-come, first-served basis. The ticket distribution will start 20 minutes before the first screening each day.


    ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2019
    “Rainbow Children: Portrait of Elika” Maryam Bayani (2018)

    ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2019
    “My Friend Michael Jones” Samson Rambo & Ian Leaupepe (2018)

    ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2019
    “Osama & Ayman” W Sam Price-Waldman, Chris Cresci & Ben Mullinkosson (2018)

    ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2019
    “Marielle and Monica” Fábio Erdos (2018)

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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