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2015 TOPProgram Jurors / AwardsMusic Shorts Competition

Music Shorts Competition

The Music Shorts Competition consists of original music short films and official music videos for established artists, bringing you a new world of short film spiced up by music. As one of the special presentations, the program will screen a dark piece with the song “Good Day Today” by David Lynch.

UULA Award

Iori Fujiwara

Winner: Iori Fujiwara


Iori Fujiwara/Japan/9:59/Music Shorts/2015/♪Tomoko Tane ’WARATTETE (Keep on Smiling)’

In order to restore the memory of her that Tetsuo lost in an accident, Shiori makes bookmarks of herself to give to him everyday.

Artist : Tomoko Tane
Song title : WARATTETE (Keep on Smiling)

Tomoko Tane made her major debut in 1985 with "You're The One" by CBS Sony. She writes, composes and arranges her music by herself, and her songs are frequently featured in TV series, movies and commercials, including films by acclaimed Japanese director Masayuki Suo. In 2009, she established her own label, Tamagosha.
Winner's Comment
I am very honored to receive this award. I am most grateful to the SSFF for giving me a chance. I greatly appreciate the support of my team members and family. Thank you so much.

Cinematic Award

生きてゆく 完全版
Santa Yamagishi

Winner: Santa Yamagishi

Ikiteyuku Full ver.

Santa Yamagishi/Japan/25:00/Music Shorts/2014/♪KANA-BOON 'Ikiteyuku'

He went to Tokyo to chase his dreams of being in a band and left her behind. When they reunite again at their old haunt on the beach in this seaside town, their conversations of the past and present are swallowed by the sound of the night waves and stir up old memories.

Artist : KANA-BOON / Song title : Ikiteyuku

A 4-piece rock band from Osaka, KANA-BOON made their major debut in 2013. They play at various rock festivals and have garnered widespread attention. In 2015, they released their second album, TIME. They are extremely popular among teens and are considered an up-and-coming rock band on the Japanese music scene.

Winner's Comment
I'd like to thank to everyone who was involved in this film and to share this happiness with them. This is such a standard thing to say but I really am grateful. This completed film "Ikiteyuku Full ver." was originally a music video, which I then went and selfishly turned into the current work. Is producing it, we re-used the material shot for the original 4-minute video. Thanks to all the crew, we managed to shoot everything in one day.

I really am grateful to all the cast and crew. Moreover, I'm very happy that I could receive such an award together with KANA-BOON, who I've been working with for a couple of years now.

Santa Yamagishi

Cinematic Special mention Award

Winner: ARATA


ARATA/Japan/18:37/Music Shorts/2014/♪GLAY 'HASHIRE MIRAI'

A group of four teenagers from Hakodate who, through music, experience the ups and downs of life: from friendships and romance to frustrations and successes. Rock brings them together and propels them forward in pursuit of their dreams in this high energy success story.

Artist : GLAY / Song title : HASHIRE MIRAI

GLAY debuted in 1994 and have become titans on the Japanese music scene ever since. They are one of the best-selling artists of all time in Japan, having sold tens of millions of copies of their singles and albums over the years. In 2010, they established their own music label Loversoul Music & Associates, to pursue their dreams even further.

Winner's Comment
It is such an honor to participate in this wonderful film festival and to receive the award among so many great films. This film is based on the story of how the band 'GLAY' was formed, and it was filmed at locations throughout GLAY's hometown Hakodate. The scene shot at the family home of vocalist TERU is particularly special as it gives a real sense of what the band members were like at the time. I am grateful that I could be a part of GLAY's history.
In addition, I learnt much whilst shooting with Masayuki Suzuki, who appeared in the role of the police man!
I would like to thank the GLAY members, cast, crew, and everyone who was involved in the shooting in Hakodate. Thank you very much.


May J
May J

UULA May J.’s “Love is tough” has been turned into a short film!

Hidenobu Abera

UULA, creator of the entertainment application that allows you to watch unlimited films, dramas, anime, music videos and live concert footage, and ShortShorts have come together for the second year running to create a special production short film inspired by music. Hidenobu Abera, winner of the 2nd UULA Award, is the director. The artist providing the music is May J., whose song “Let It Go” was the theme song for the Japanese version of the Disney film “Frozen” and became a massive hit thereafter. The result of this unique coming together of music and short film will be screened at the film festival and made available on the UULA application in June!

Rika Adachi
Rika Adachi

Original Short Films UULA screening information
Film titles: to be confirmed
Screening start date: June 4 (Thu)
Number of episodes screening: 4 in total (each episode approx. 5 mins.)
Director: Hidenobu Abera
Song: May J. “Love is tough”
Cast: Rika Adachi, Arisa Nakamura, Sae Niwa, Miyu Yagyu, Ryunosuke Matsumura, Takayuki Kinoshita

Music Shorts Competition Cinematic Award

This award will be given to the most cinematic music video.

Music Shorts Competition UULA Award

This award will be given to the most creative film submitted by filmmakers inspired by artists' music.

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