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Jurors Comment - Official Competition

Competition Jury

This year the members of the jury felt a lot of excitement considering this was the 15th anniversary of the festival. There was one point we were all in agreement on though, and that was the Japanese entries were not of the same caliber as the films screened in the other competitions. In general the works in the Japan Competition left a weak impression. I’ve acted as a jury for other festival before and have come away with the same impression. There were a couple works that I felt were worthy of an award, but it was the films in the Asia International and International Competitions that were amazing across the board. Even several of the animated works left very strong impressions. I also thought there were four live action shorts screened under these two competitions that exceeded even “Curfew”, the winner of last year’s Academy Award for a live action short film. It was stimulating and a great opportunity to be surrounded by so many great films. As a result of the number of excellent works to choose from there were a number of disagreements at times when we were trying to select the winner for the Grand Prix.

Grand Prix / International Competition Best Short Award

Gabriel Gauchet/UK/16:00/Thriller/2012


Richard, an unemployed 55-year-old, arrives three minutes late for his job centerappointment . An advisor, stifled by the limits of the system, has no choice but to penalize him for his tardiness. To avoid plunging further into destitution, Richard takes desperate measures.

Locarno Film Festival 2012 (Switzerland)
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2012 (Spain)
ZINEBI Bilbao 2012 (Spain)

Asia International Competition Best Short Award / Governor of Tokyo Award

It was my city
Tina Pakravan/Iran/8:00/Drama/2012

It was my city

People are living their lives, catastrophe strikes, it’s war...

Iranian Film Festival 2012 (USA)
Shnit Film Festival 2012 (Switzerland)
Reggio Film Festival 2012 (Italy)


Japan Competition Best Short Award / Governor of Tokyo Award

Kotobuki/To Us
Kimie Tanaka/Japan/Singapore/15:00/Drama/2013

Kotobuki/To Us

Kotobuki/To Us A single girl living and working in Tokyo visits her hometown only to find out that her life no longer belongs there.