“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

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<Save the Earth! Competition>
  • ■Save the Earth! Competition Best Short Award
    Firewood, Kanta & Grandpa
    Takeshi Yashiro / Japn / 16:06 / Animation / 2012

    Stoy:
    A little Kanta and his grandfather live together in the mountain, snow-falling. While the grandfather gets sick in bed, Kanta needs to carry firewoods home but scary road is ahead. Through this journey, he realizes an importance of firewoods and his grandfather's love.

    Winner's Comment:
    "Firewood Kanta & Grandpa" is an educational video commissioned by a major gas company in Japan, though it deals with firewood. It was aimed to motivate children to think of environment and energy; however it was also challenging at the same time for the gas company to tell the story of firewood being the essential energy. Despite all the concerns, the film has become a great tool for children to learn what is important in their lives. We would like to thank our hard-working crew members and also Toho Gas who gave us an opportunity to create this wonderful film.

    Awards:
    Japan Association of Audiovisual Producucers, Inc. Award 2013 Social Communication Award
    US International Film & Video Festival 2013 (USA) ENTERTAINMENT: Craft/Production Techniques: Animation, Silver Screen
    Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2013 (France) Environmental issues and concerns Silver Award

  • ■J-WAVE Award
    Awfully Deep
    Daniel Florencio / UK / 12:29 / Fiction / 2010

    Stoy:
    Edward, Susan and their son Lino live a nice life in the suburbs, having all that their bourgeois life can afford. Then, one day and without warning, stinky, brown, doughy 'stuff' starts appearing outside their expensive and luxurious home leaving them the question: Who is going to clean it?

    Winner's Comment:
    It was with great pleasure and satisfaction that I received the news that "Awfully Deep" had been selected for the Save the Earth! Competition at Short Shorts, and even more so the invitation to attend the festival for the Opening Ceremony, where to my surprise and honour, the film received the J-Wave Award. Awfully Deep was a labour of love, my first experience in writing and directing a fictional narrative after years working on documentaries and commercials. The result on screen is the effort of a very talented and committed crew and cast that gave their hearts to the project. To have this work recognised is to have their hard work recognised. The focus on the film are us, humans, and or wilful ignorance towards problems that, though urgent, are more than usually, simply ignored. And given the critical moment that we now face, the recognition of the environmental message of the film makes me deeply humbled. For that I can't thank enough the festival organisers and staff for the very kind reception, and the J-Wave jury for the honour and the recognition. I couldn't be happier, and the crew and cast, when told, where all over the moon. It was an immense pleasure to attend, even if briefly, a festival that so successfully champion short films in Japan and internationally. A big thank you to Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and my wishes that I'll attend it again in the future.

    Awards:
    Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2011 (France)
    Zubroffka International Short Film Festival 2013 (Poland)
    Munich International Short Film Festival 2013 (Germany)

<Visual Tourism Award>
  • ■Visual Tourism Award (Commissioner's Award, Japan Tourism Agency)
    Sendai Miyagi Musubi Tabi
    Miyagi / Japan / 15:28 / 2014

    Story:
    A local character of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Musubimaru travels around various locations including the local restaurant, Matsushima, seasides that have been distroyed by the 311 disaster, ryokan (Japanese Inn), and the center of Sendai City. What the film is trying to capture here is the spirits of "omotenashi" from people in Sendai.

  • ■Visual Tourism Award Special Mention Award
    Mattu, Yamma, and Moburi ―The mystery of the seven gems and the flying castle―
    Ehime / Japan / 9:38 / 2013

    Story:
    Once two boys, Mattsu and Yamma and a highschool girl, Moburi find a treasure map, two mysterious men start to follow them around for the map. Three kids try to save Matsuyama City from their intention to change the city.

<Fashion Short of the Year>
  • ■Fashion Short of the Year
    Castello Cavalcanti
    Wes Anderson / USA / 8:00 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    Castello Cavalcanti is a small town in Italy. Jed Cavalcanti was the leading Formula Racing driver of his day. This short film takes place during the Molte Miglia rally, in September 1955.

<Ibaraki Short Film Award>
  • ■Ibaraki Short Film Award
    stroboscope
    A.T. / Japan / 23:55 / Fiction / 2014

    Story:
    During a location tour sponsored by Ibaraki Prefecture, Nagayama is mistaken for the acclaimed director Shinohara and taken onto a tour bus to mentor the young creators on board. Meanwhile, the real Shinohara chases after them…

    Winner's Comment:
    Becoming the very first Grand Prix winner for the Ibaraki Short Film Award is such an honor for me. With this film it was my ultimate goal was to capture the allure of Ibaraki Prefecture, the home town that afforded me many great memories and experiences whilst growing up. Receiving this award goes to prove that I have successfully achieved my goal. Thank you very much.

<FutureCity Yokohama Award>
  • ■FutureCity Yokohama Award
    More Than Words
    Andrea Jako Giacomini / USA / 5:15 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    Glimpsing a brighter future, a ride home from school is anything but ordinary for a child and her parents.

    Winner's Comment:
    It was a great honor to be nominated and receive the Yokohama Future City Award at Short Shorts Film Festival 2014. This short film intends to visually represent the possibilities of a better future from the perspective of the new generation. My film is about seeing things from a different perspective. As a kid I always had trouble explaining to my parents what was going on in my head, and words didn't help, so this is my visual explanation to them. I am highly honored to help portray the futuristic advancements of the city of Yokohama through this film, but mostly hope to inspire the younger generation to keep progressing and evolving our society in a better, brighter future. Thanks to Short Shorts for this amazing experience. Tokyo and Yokohama are incredible cities and I feel blessed to be part of this fantastic festival.

<Best Actor / Best Actress Award>
  • ■International Competition Best Actor
    SEQUENCE
    starring: Joe Hursley
    Carles Torrens / USA / 20:23 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    Billy wakes up one morning to realize the entire world dreamed about him the night before. The dream was apparently so traumatic that his girlfriend runs away, he gets fired, and his run-ins with strangers get progressively more violent. Will Billy survive the weirdest, wildest day of his meager existence?

    Winner's Comment:
    Thank you Short Shorts Film Festival! I am absolutely honored to receive this award. I had an amazing time working with all of the talented actors and friends that I met on Sequence. It was a creepy, unique, and challenging story... a chance to live in a magnetized Twlight Zone for a short time. Carles Torrens dedication and passion to this film and Fortress Features, made this film not just possible but successful. The experience was such an inspiring opportunity~It was a Gift that I feel blessed to have been given. I truly thank you for your recognition of the work, I only wish I could have been there this year to experience the SSFF in person and give some Hugs!

  • ■International Competition Best Actress
    Morepork
    starring: Kayte Ferguson
    Miles Murphy / NewZealand / 13:04 / Fiction / 2012

    Story:
    As the sun sets on a remote beach side village, the retired Mr. Wiseman is startled by the unexpected intrusion of a disheveled and potentially dangerous woman. After a tense standoff, the result is a wonderful tale of human optimism and understanding that leaves both of their lives enriched.

    Winner's Comment:
    Thank you Short Shorts for this award; it is a huge honour for our little film MOREPORK from Aoteroa, New Zealand, to win this prize. This award is for the woman this story is based on, I hope she has found peace, and to my husband Dean Godward, without your ongoing support I could not dedicate my time to heart-projects like this one. A special thank you to Sara Wiseman, Miles Murphy, Tanya Haitoua-Cathro, John Sumner, Callen Green, Teresa Woodham, Craig Hall, Maza White and all of the other amazing artists who helped bring this film to life.

  • ■Asia International Competition Best Actor
    Cleaner
    starring: Zih-Yang Lin
    Sung-Chi Lo / Taiwan / 23:32 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    The proximity of two floors is close but they are worlds apart. With this, we think secrets are safe behind closed doors, but they're not; what is considered to be a safe boundary for secrets is transcended by the perspective of a window cleaner, Ah-Biao.

    I want to thank God first and foremost. I am very excited to get this significant award and recognition. I am thrilled that through this award, "Cleaner" can be seen all over the world! I also want to show my appreciation to the director Sung-Chi Lo, who give me this chance to be the part of the film and amazing adventure. This is a very special experience in my performing career, not only it's a unique story but also a film loaded with beautiful visual effects. It's a complete and persuasive story told in a very realistic style. It was truly a challenging attempt for everybody involved. I am lucky and grateful to get this award knowing the efforts I put in did not fail the director's expectations!!

  • ■Asia International Competition Best Actress
    The Pig
    starring: Ku Junh Kao
    Singing Chen & Jero Yun / Taiwan / SouthKorea / 25:00 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    A sacrificed pig, a newly homeless family, and a city longing for rain. With compassion and prayer, they try to survive.

    Winner's Comment:
    My gratitude to the director, to the team, as well as to the film festival and the jury. It's been a while since last time I took part in the film so thank you for recognizing my work. I really appreciate it!

    Award:
    Kaohsiung Film Festival 2013 (Taiwan) Cannes Film Festival 2013 (France) Director's Fortnight

  • ■Japan Competition Best Actor
    Verge of Explosion
    starring: Tetsuya Shirai
    Yusuke Fujii / Japan / 8:46 / Fiction / 2014

    Story:
    A rough-looking guy is a devoted fan of the voluptuous idol "Milky." He greets the poster of her hanging in his room every day before heading to work. One day, he runs into the real Milky…or is it!?

    Winner's Comment:
    I am very pleased that many of you enjoyed "Verge of Explosion." I am also very honored to have been cast in this film and to have been awarded as Best Actor. I hope that more and more excellent short films will continue to gather at this festival, and the festival will grow increasingly bigger.

  • ■Japan Competition Best Actress

    Light Along
    starring: Kasumi Arimura
    Yusuke Sakakibara / Japan / 24:59 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    An unsuccessful model in Tokyo, Saki comes back to her hometown. On the night of the fireworks festival, she unexpectedly meets her schoolmate, Mami, who is on crutches. They decide to go to a place Mami is longing to visit.

    Winner's Comment:
    I am very honored to receive this award. It has been an unbelievable experience for me to take part in this festival, but I could not be here to receive this award without the director and crew who worked so hard on “Light Along.” Having won this honorable award, I will work hard at my acting career from now on.

<Best Short Award (International Competition)>
  • ■Best Short Award (International Competition)

    Rhino Full Throttle
    Erik Schmitt / Germany / 14:59 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    Bruno is making his way through the city searching for its soul. Driven by his curiosity, a challenging imagination and his wild reflection on reality, he is lifting the old dusty curtain on the city's crusted perception. Bruno collects patterns, spaces and surfaces, showing us the city we have never seen.

    Winner's Comment:
    Wow! This is extraordinary! Fantastic! Incredible! Thank you Tokio for there perfect news! I was so happy when I heard about the prize, I spent the whole day grinning around. However, I was broken-hearted when I realised I would not be able to come over to receive the prize myself. For years I have wanted to visit Japan and Tokio, and I got this big chance but I was filming. Ahhhhhhhhh! Well well well, I hope we will have another chance to meet. Another reason for me to keep on making films. Thanks again, I send all the best from Berlin to Tokio. Your very honoured and happy Erik.

<Best Short Award (Asia International Competition)>
  • ■Best Short Award (Asia International Competition)

    A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole In One
    Yosep Anggi Noen / Indonesia / 14:11 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    A golf lesson, a love story, and a display of anger.

    Winner's Comment:
    Short films allow us to have space to discover life in detail and without any burden, then presents it honestly. The Grand Prix from Short Short Film Festival and Asia will bring our short film to meet a lot of audiences in many other places in the world. The award also will give more encouragement for all Indonesian film makers to explore deeper ideas, in a humble manner but with big impact through short films.

<Best Short Award (Japan Competition)>
  • ■Best Short Award (Japan Competition)

    An innocent beat
    Kazuhisa Kotera / Japan / 19:07 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    Children cannot go outside besides to attend school ? that's the rule of this modern society, which has lost all sense of time. With no conception of what nightfall, seasons or time are, one day Natsuko decides to run away in order to discover a world full of changes.

    Winner's Comment:
    "An innocent beat" was produced as part of the “Damah Film Festival in Hiroshima” project, based on the theme of "time." “Seconds" are the unit of the time measurement that humans adopted, but I came to thinking, what if there was another world that used a different measure of time. That is how the structure of the film came about. I wrote the screenplay thinking that it would be interesting if I were able to express what can occur in a “second,” this incidental unit of time that we live in accordance with. As a first time director I wasn’t sure where to begin or where to end, but dir. Michito Fujii and the wonderful cast and crew supported me from start to finish. I'd also like to express my deepest gratitude to Ms. Kyoko Heya, an art director and president of the Damah Film Festival, who encouraged me to search for my director’s perspective as I struggled to find my feet. Short Shorts marks my turning point, and also my starting point. I will endeavor to do my best from now on.

<MOET STAR AWARD>
  • ■MOET STAR AWARD

    CHICAS DAY
    Susan Bejar / Spain / 10:00 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    Today is a girls' day out, everything is allowed… But don't forget that this is just a game…

    Winner's Comment:
    "Firewood Kanta & Grandpa" is an educational video commissioned by a major gas company in Japan, though it deals with firewood. It was aimed to motivate children to think of environment and energy; however it was also challenging at the same time for the gas company to tell the story of firewood being the essential energy. Despite all the concerns, the film has become a great tool for children to learn what is important in their lives. We would like to thank our hard-working crew members and also Toho Gas who gave us an opportunity to create this wonderful film.

<Best Short Award (CG Animation Competition)>
  • ■Best Short Award (CG Animation Competition)

    Carn
    Jeff Le Bars / France / 5:22 / Animation / 2012

    Story:
    A little boy is lost in a snow storm and is surely going to die. But he is offered the choice to survive. Such a choice has consequences…

    Winner's Comment:
    Hi everyone. I'm truly honored to receive this award. Many thanks to the jurry and the audience of Short Shorts Festival; Thanks to the representative from French Embassy to accept it in my stead. Thanks also to Emile Cohl School in Lyon, and thanks to my parents who allowed me to attend courses there. I had a much pleasure and fun making this film, even if at first glance it doesn't appear so in the scenario. I deeply regretted not to be at the award ceremony with you all. I look forward to discover Japan one day. I think it's my next holiday destination. But not right a way, because I'm stuck in France for the moment... Anyway, Domo Arigato Gozaimasu for this award, it warms my heart.

<Music Shorts Competition>
  • ■Cinematic Award (Music Shorts Competition)



    Hanpan Spirit
    ZUMI / Japan / 4:04 / Music / 2014

    Story:
    A heartwarming "Peter Pan" story.

    Winner's Comment:
    A director of music videos, this is the first time I have received such an award for my work - I feel very honored. HYADAIN’s music greatly inspires me; whilst it makes me happy it also challenges my thinking in many ways. I hope HYADAIN will continue making music and we can collaborate again in the future. I would like to express my appreciation to the cast and crew who worked on this piece, and to promise to continue producing more music videos that make people even happier. Again, thank you very much for this award.

    Artistr's Comment(Hyadain):
    I am very honored to receive this award. Thank you very much. As a music creator, I have enjoyed producing many songs and music for many artists. Whenever working on such projects, I try to consider how I can free my mind and think outside of stereotypes. I will turn 34 this year, so I wanted to produce this song, “Hanpan Spirit,” in order to express my strong desire to continue making music with the same enthusiasm and passion I had back in elementary school, when I ran around in “hanpan (shorts).” That is why receiving this award really means lot to me. I hope to continue making music with “hanpan spirit” until the day I die. Thank you so much.

  • ■UULA Award (Music Shorts Competition)

    At a freewheeling step
    Hidenobu Abera / Japan / 10:00 / Music / 2014

    Story:
    Since the discovery of the narcotic substance "Bitopioido" within the brain, all music is treated as criminal and prohibited by international law. With their love of music, the Nonaka family is persecuted and broken up. The race begins for Haruka, the only remaining daughter, to save both her family and music.

    Winner's Comment:
    Thank you very much for selecting my short, “At a freewheeling step,” for this honorable award. I cannot express how much it means to me and how extremely happy I am to receive this. My deepest appreciation goes to everyone who has been involved in the making of this film. I could not be where I am now without these people helping me. I have come to realize once again that making films requires many people to work together through a continuous process of trial and error. I believe that “At a freewheeling step” is still rough around the edges and needs improving in many ways, though it is full of passion. I am not yet a fully‐fledged filmmaker, but will move forward little by little, making the most of the support I receive from those around me. Thank you very much again.

<Spotlight Award>
  • ■Spotlight Award

    Butterfly
    Hayato Ichihara / 18:00 / Action / Japan / 2013
<Grand Prix>
  • ■Grand Prix

    A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole In One
    Yosep Anggi Noen / Indonesia / 14:11 / Fiction / 2013

    Story:
    A golf lesson, a love story, and a display of anger.

    Winner's Comment:
    Short films allow us to have space to discover life in detail and without any burden, then presents it honestly. The Grand Prix from Short Short Film Festival and Asia will bring our short film to meet a lot of audiences in many other places in the world. The award also will give more encouragement for all Indonesian film makers to explore deeper ideas, in a humble manner but with big impact through short films.


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