“Food & Agri” short film program The Best Short Award goes to “Sushi Japan”

From May 29th, “Food & Agri” online program on SSFF & ASIA’s official website has been streaming 5 short films with the theme of Japanese food and culture. The festival committee has chosen “Sushi Japan” as “Best Short Award” among the five short films, having the most high points in four criteria: “Messages portrayed in the film,” “Attraction of the story,” “Production Quality,” and “Depiction of Japanese food culture”

“Food&Agri” program has been screened online untill June 30th.

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Food & Agri Program

Five narrative short films depicting images of Japanese food and its culture were chosen among approximately 2400 previously entered short films in Japan Competition, which was established 11 years ago.

“Washoku,” traditional Japanese cuisine, was designated by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage In December 2013. In Japan, Washoku has developed as part of daily life and with a connection to annual events” such as New Year’s celebrations and rice planting, and is constantly re-created in response to changes in human relationship with natural and social environment. Washoku also has important social functions for the Japanese to reaffirm identity, to foster familial and community cohesion, and to contribute to healthy life in which Japan must preserve.
In this project, we will use short films as the message tool to promote Japanese food culture to the world, as to attract more fans of Japanese food as well as soliciting exports of Japanese food and culinary products and goods outside of Japan.

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Awards / Jurors

Save the Earth! Competition - JURY

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Save the Earth! Competition - JURY

The Committee has selected jurors from diverse industry backgrounds with unique points of view. Jurors will award one film: the Best Short Award (Minister's Award, the Ministry of Environment) from Save the Earth! Competition. Jurors are listed from the left in order of the Japanese phon etic alphabet.

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    Miki Ando - Figure Skate

    Miki was born in Nagoya, Japan. She started to skate at age eight, and in the 2001-2002 season won the Japan Junior Championships as well as the Junior Grand Prix Final. She also earned bronze medals at the Japanese Championships (senior) and at the Junior Worlds. Miki made history the following season at the 2002-2003 Junior Grand Prix Final when she landed a quadruple salchow, becoming the first female skater to land a quadruple jump of any kind in a competition. She remains the only woman ever to perform this feat. Miki is also the 2007 and 2011 World champion, 2011 Four Continents champion, 2004 World Junior champion, and a three-time (2004, 2005 & 2010) Japanese national champion. In the 2010-2011 season, Miki was placed first in both the short program and free skating segments at the Four Continents Championship, winning the overall competition. That same season, she won the gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Miki announced her retirement from competitive skating in December 2013.

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    Shumpei Ohsugi - Photographer

    Shumpei Ohsugi studied Art and Photography at University of Arts London. Since returning to Japan, he has worked as a photographer's assistant and has signed to ZACCO CO.,Ltd. Currently, he creates work for magazines, television, advertising, CD artwork and catalogs. In particular demand are Ohsugi's photographic portraits that are taken following in-depth meetings with the sitters; he has photographed more than 200 actors and artists. Ohsugi also established the project "Leaves Work," under which he has held exhibitions throughout Japan.

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    Hiroshi Shinagawa - Comedian/Film Director

    Hiroshi was born in Tokyo in 1972. In 1995 he formed the comic duo“ Shinagawa Shoji” with Tomoharu Shoji. He made his directorial debut with "Drop" in 2009, which he also wrote, based on his loosely autobiographical novel, and in 2011 wrote and directed "Manzai Gang," also based on one of his writing works. A highly acclaimed film director, his current project is "Sanbunno-ichi" (2014). Hiroshi will direct this new film, starring actor Sho Aikawa, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his career. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters across the nation in 2015.


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