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Let’s Travel! Project & Japan-Korea Tourism Promotion Project

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The festival, along with the Japan Tourism Agency, established a new competition titled the "Let’s Travel Project" in 2009.

This project, as one element of the drive to increase travel and tourism in Japan and to show the allure of Japan, called for submissions of short films with the themes; "it’s great to travel," "I want to travel," and "I want to travel to Japan." As a result, 71 shorts were submitted out of which 9 were selected. From as far north as Hokkaido to the southern reaches of Okinawa, we presented short films that have depicted the appeal of traveling and the rich and diverse cultural attractions of Japan.

The festival has also prepared a premiere screening of "Heaven’s Island," directed by Tajima Naoko and starring Shuji Kashiwabara and Rina Chinen. This short film, shot on location in Taketomi Island of Okinawa, is sure to show you a part of Japan that you have no yet experienced or seen.

Japan Korea Tourism Promotion Project Web site Link >

SSFF & ASIA, along with Korea’s largest film festival, the “Asiana International Short Film Festival,” will promote together, tourism in both countries through the world of short films. The selected and specially produced short films from the “Let’s Travel! Project,” will be screened at the Asiana International Short Film Festival, which will be held in Seoul from November 4th thru the 9th, 2010. By using the effective visual tool of short films to carry the message, we will introduce the appeal and allure of tourism in Japan.