SSFF & ASIA 2017 Award Winners


Sugar & Spice

Mi mi Lwin/16:04/Myanmar/Documentary/2016

A lovingly filmed portrait of the filmmaker’s parents who eke out a living making ‘jaggery’ sweets from toddy palm syrup in Myanmar’s central dry zone.

Goethe-Institute Documentary Award 2015 (Myanmar)
Watersprite International Student Film Festival - Best Student Documentary Award (UK)

Director : Mi mi Lwin

Mi Mi Lwin comes from Nyaung Oo Township in Mandalay Division in Myanmar’s central dry zone. Her parents are toddy palm farmers. After graduating from Yezin Agricultural University she came to Yangon where she took up an internship at independent non-profit organisation Enlightened Myanmar Research (EMR). Since being accepted to Yangon Film School in 2014 she has worked on a number of films in various capacities.

Official Competition International


Zoe McIntosh/14:55/New Zealand/Drama/2017

Eight-year-old Jesse lives in a twilight world of sadness and silence, squeezed into a tiny caravan with his grief-stricken father. The child intuitively understands that looking forward is harder than looking back. An accidental friendship with a transsexual allows Jesse to liberate them both.

Clermont Ferrand film festival 2017 - Prix Etudiant de la Jeunesse (France)

Director : Zoe McIntosh

After completing a Fine Arts degree at Ilam, Zoe wrote and directed feature-film documentary Lost In Wonderland. A potent exploration of one man’s search for justice and identity, the film received international acclaim and was awarded Best Documentary at the NZ Film & TV Awards in 2010. Zoe continues to direct commercials and documentaries and is developing ideas for feature films.

Official Competition Japan



A dysfunctional family reunites for the traditional "bone washing ceremony" on Aguni Island. The family face themselves and are able to begin the healing process.

Okinawa International Movie Festival 2016 Laugh & Peace (Japan)

Director : Gori

Born in Okinawa, Gori studied film & theater in the film department of the Nihon University College of Arts. He is a very popular comedian as well as an actor and director. He has directed the feature film "A Fool in the Southern Islands (Minami no shima no Humurin)" and 9 other films.

Official Competition Asia International

Sugar & Spice

Mi mi Lwin/16:04/Myanmar/Documentary/2016



Save the Earth! Competition supported by RINREI Best Short Award (Minister’s Award, the Ministry of Environment)

Water, Please

Mlu Godola/12:00/South Africa/Drama/2016

When a small community's only source of water unexpectedly collapses during a severe drought; Zoleka, a mild mannered and well meaning young woman, is forced to go to extreme lengths to ensure that her ailing sister lives another day...

AFDA Awards 2016 Best Director (South Africa)
Berlin Student Film Festival 2017 (Germany)

Director : Mlu Godola

Mlungiseleli “Mlu” Godola is a 21 year old, aspiring Screenwriter and Film Director currently studying at AFDA Johannesburg. He has since focused his efforts towards his two graduation projects in order to hone his abilities enough to be a credible force in the industry. With his films, he’d like to express his views on life, our country and the people who live in it.

Save the Earth! Competition supported by RINREI J-WAVE Award

Gardeners of the Forest

Ceylan Carhoglu &Nicole Jordan-Webber /14:32/USA/Documentary/2016

For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants but, in 2015, there were only 400 elephants left in the wild.

43rd Student Academy Awards (USA)
The American Pavillion at Cannes 2016 (France)
Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards 2016 (USA) Award of Excellence

Director : Ceylan Carhoglu &Nicole Jordan-Webber

Ceylan graduated from Koç High School in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in filmmaking. Ceylan recently graduated from Chapman University with a degree in film production. Nicole loves telling stories that help people laugh and she wants to continue making films that carry a sense of humor as well as honest, heartfelt content.

CG Animation Competition Best Short Award

Way of Giants

Alois Di Leo/11:52/Brazil/Animation/2016

“Way of Giants” is a poetical search for purpose and reason that follows the story of Oquirá, a six year old indigenous girl, as she confronts the cycle of life and the concept of destiny. The film explores the forces in nature, music and our connection with earth.

33rd Anual Chicago Children’s Film Festival 2016 Best of the Fest 1st prize for the Best Animated Short film given by the Adult Jury (USA)
39th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2017 Young Audience Programme (France)

Director : Alois Di Leo

Alois Di Leo is a director, producer, writer and animator. He founded the animation studio SINLOGO. Alois Di Leo has worked in commercials, music videos, TV series and short films. His work has been showcased all around the globe and in some of the most important film festivals.


Cinematic Tokyo Competition Best Short Award


Shuichi Bamba /03:37/Japan/Fiction, Video Art/2016

The passion & heat of Tokyo depicted by 4 girls as you've never seen before. The girls perform & synchronize to the rhythms & beats of "Neo Tokyo-Ondo."

Director : Shuichi Bamba

Shuichi mainly directs music videos and live concert movies. He has directed the theatrical film "BUMP OF CHICKEN "WILLPOLIS 2014," The SPITZ "Yokohama Sunset 2013," and THEE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT "THEE MOVIE" -LAST HEAVEN 031011- ." He makes films in music, for the web & other genres.

Shibuya Diverisity Award


Charlotte A. Rolfes/16:28/Germany/Drama/2016

Janosch, an interpreter, is called to help during a police deployment at the Port of Hamburg. A young African woman has barricaded herself in a container ship and threatens to commit suicide. In order to get her out, Janosch promises to help her, an offer which bears unexpected consequences.

Director : Charlotte A. Rolfes



Kitemiru Kawagoe Short Film Award

Let's meet in the treasure pond

Hiroki Inoue/16:56/Japan/Drama/2017

Kawada had started to have feelings for his girlfriend's sister Etsuko. Meanwhile, Etsuko had also started to have feelings for Kawada.
Their feelings for each other remained unrequited but they both kept these feelings for each other hidden deep in their hearts.
A love story in the present that draws on the past centering on memories from the Zeniarai Benten at Kawagoe / Kumano Shrine.

Director : Hiroki Inoue

Hiroki studied under Teruo Ishi who directed the series "Mouso Bangaichi." In 2009, he directed "Panic 4 ROOMs." In2010, he directed "Acorn brothers' a pickled plum" and other short films that were nominated by movie festivals around the world. "Hypnotism class at evening" was nominated for the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016 in the Japan Competition.


Fashion Short of the Year


Falling Up

Niall O'Brien/3:00/UK/Fashion/2016

Liv Tyler retraces the footsteps of renowned aviatrix from the 20s Amelia Earhart – one of the first women ever dressed by BELSTAFF.

Director : Niall O'Brien

Hello to all Japanese people.
I heard that "Falling Up" won the Fashion Short of the Year, I am very happy. This work depicts the life of Amelia Earhart with a wonderful film that I made with Bell Staff and writer / director Niall O'Brieny. I am thankful for the short short film festival and all of Asia. Thank you!

Born in Dublin, Niall studied fine art photography in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. He has exhibited his images across the globe and has many awards to his name. With a background in documentary Niall’s commercial work can retain this honest value while being able to explore other visual territories, keeping the work fresh and diverse.


FutureCity Yokohama Award

A Hole

Maribel Suárez/4:11/Mexico/Animation/2016

A girl comes out to play in the garden and discovers a hole. She begins to take care of it and decides to play with it. As nothing happens she gets very mad, until one day a tiny leaf pops up and she gets happy to see her efforts rewarded.

NY International Children’s Film Festival 2017 (USA)
TIFF Kids 2017
Animated Movies Festival ANIMOCJE 2017

Director : Maribel Suárez

Maribel was born in México City. She studied Industrial Design at UNAM, México. She then went on to complete a Design Research Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art in London. She has worked as a Children´s books illustrator, since 1985.

Ibaraki Short Film Award

How will they fight the villains of this town?


Showgo Ookawa/25:00/Japan/Drama/2016


A rumour is spreading around this town and Mito Komon and his Samurai followers set about trying to discover the truth. Meanwhile, Sukesaburo encouters a melancholy girl and falls in love with her. Will they discover the truth? and will Sukesaburo succed in love?

Director : Showgo Ookawa

Born in 1978 in Hokkaido, Shogo worked on mobile content and social game development in an innovation company developing his creative side. In 2009, he started workin as an independant film maker. His historical musical short film "Samurai Obera" was nominated and won awards at 16 film festivals in the world, including one in Yubari.

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