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The film festival was successfully launched in June 1999 in Tokyo and in Naha, Okinawa with audiences over of 20,000....

The American Short Shorts Film Festival featured 48 films in five programs at the 2000 event...

Programming increased at the 2001 film festival to six programs featuring the works of 51 filmmakers from around the world.

In three years, American Short Shorts has drawn crowds of more than 60,000. In its 4th year....


The Short Shorts Film Festival held its inaugural event in 1999. On our 5th anniversary, we present the best and latest shorts gathered from all over the world and several special programs...

In the festival's first five years, this mission has been fulfilled by Short Shorts introducing a new art form, the "short film", to over 130,000 festival goers.

The Very First Asian Short Film Festival

In 2004 the Short Shorts Film Festival was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival in the short film categories ...


The 2nd Short Shorts Film Festival Asia (SSFFA) was held at the same time as the 7th Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF).

The Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition organized the "Short Shorts Film Festival EXPO 2005",...

The festival continues to be the hub of short visual content in Japan. SSFF welcomed the year 2006, the 8th year for SSFF and the 3rd year for SSFFA.

SSFF welcomed the year 2007, the 9th year and the 4th year for SSFFA. As a satellite venue, SSFF used Cinemavera in Shibuya for the first time...


Since its establishment in 1999, Short Shorts Film Festival (formally known as the American Short Shorts) has grown so much and has now come to its 10th anniversary in 2008...

Having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008, the festival started its 11th journey at Omotesando Hills attracting new audiences and moved onto Laforet Museum, Harajuku for the second half.

2010 saw the heightened need for more visual content due to the huge wave of improved visual technology as in the new 3D imagery and the continued excitement caused by iPhones & iPads...

2011 saw the heightened need for more visual content due to the huge wave of improved visual technology such as in the new 3D imagery and the continued excitement caused by iPhone and smart phones.


Compare to feature films, short films are capable of depicting current world trends (either social or cultural or both) with strong messages, within a limited time of production.

2013 marks 15th anniversary for Short Shorts Film Festival and 10th for Short Shorts Film Festival Asia and these two festivals will take place simultaneously in Harajuku, Tokyo and Yokohama from May 23 till June 16, 2013. The Festival was held at Skytreetown(R) Space 634 for 4 days. On may 23rd, the very first day of the festival.