What is Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA)
The festival was started by actor Tetsuya Bessho, a native of Japan and SAG member. Wanting to introduce Japanese audiences to short films, something many Japanese were unfamiliar with, he began the Short Shorts Film Festival, holding the first festival in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo in 1999. From 2004, the Short Shorts Film Festival Asia was started to specifically highlight films from Asia including those from Japan. To this day, the two festivals are held together as the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, which has grown to become the largest short film festival in Asia. Building off of strong connections with festivals all over the world, SSFF & ASIA has worked not just to show Japanese audiences a wide variety of films from across the world, but has endeavored to bring Japanese short films closer to audiences the world over.
The festival is the only film festival in Japan that is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an official qualifier of short films for Academy Award® nomination. Accredited since 2004, the grand prize winner of the festival will be eligible for nomination in the upcoming award season, providing a bridge from Japan for young filmmakers to achieve their dreams.
Festival History (6 minutes)