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.
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: Santa Yamagishi
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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.
Cinematic Special mention Award
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.
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!
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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