9.16 Wed - 9.27 Sun/Admission FREE (Except some events.)




As a company that endeavors to support young creators who can open up the feelings and senses of the people, LEXUS is supporting Asia's largest international short film festival, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), which has been accredited by the Academy Awards since 2013. This year, we have launched the new LEXUS OPEN FILM project to select the unpolished stones of talent from the unique cuts of short film works and support the leap to the future.



A project that supports young creators and selects the best ones among the various works submitted to SSFF & ASIA to discover new talents who can create unknown images with fresh sensibilities.

This time, we will select the works that convey the "Japan's uniqueness."

LEXUS is a Japanese brand that offers the joy of traveling and aims to assist the people and technologies that support Japan's monozukuri spirit.
The theme of "Japan's Uniqueness" focuses on the discovery of "the future of Japan" and "the charm of Japan's rural areas" that convey the "joy of traveling and driving." We will select works with the theme of "Japan's uniqueness" that resonates with the LEXUS brand. The selected works will be announced at the opening ceremony of SSFF & ASIA 2020 on September 16.

The LEXUS OPEN FILM TALK EVENT will be streamed live online at 19:30 on the day of the event.
Please click here for the live distribution link of 9/16 LEXUS OPEN FILM TALK EVENT.


We will held an onlie event by Film Director Momoko Ando, also known as a special judge of "LEXUS OPEN FILM," together with the SSFF & ASIA Representative Tetsuya Bessho, and the selected directors.
The guests will talk about the selection background of "LEXUS OPEN FILM" and the selected works' production background.

Date September 16 (Wednesday), starts at 19:30
Guests Film director Momoko Ando, SSFF & ASIA Representative Tetsuya Bessho (moderator), and LEXUS OPEN FILM's selection director
Location Online
Ticket Free
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*The event and film details may change.
*The speakers may change.

Special Jury

Momoko Ando
Momoko Ando

Born in Tokyo in 1982, she studied abroad in England since high school and graduated from the University of London's Faculty of Arts. Afterward, she learned filmmaking in New York, and after working as an assistant director for a while, she made her debut career as a director and screenwriter in "Kakera" in 2010. In 2011, she published his first novel, "0.5 mm" (Gentosha). In 2014, she directed and wrote a film based on the book and received multiple awards, including the 39th Honorable Film Award, the 69th Mainichi Film Competition Screenplay Award, and the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival Best Director Award, making her well-known inside and outside Japan. In 2014, she moved to Kochi for the shooting of "0.5 mm". In 2018, she directed and wrote the Utamonogatari CINEMA FIGHTERS project "Aeiou," and its screening at "Weekend Kinema M," a representative movie theater in Kochi Prefecture, attracted so much attention. Currently, a project to boost the Japanese industry through film culture is also underway. She presides over "Momoko Juku," an expression group that aims to foster and disseminate the young people's culture and art in Kochi Prefecture. Also, she is also the leader of "Wasshoi!" a team that paints a bright future for the children together and has been involved in activities that nurture the children's sensibilities through agriculture, food, education, art, and others.



It was interesting because it was drawn based on the perspective of being connected to Warashibe Choja, a legend about a straw millionaire. By placing a bird's eye view of the generation as the universe, the generation is made into a single skewer, and at the end of the story that starts from a small point, the human horizons expand and evolve; which for me, conveyed the meaning of a universal mind without the need of any explanation.


Future is MINE - AINU MY VOICE -

Inheriting the ancestors' love, people with entirely different roots can be connected and become one as earth dwellers. It is a work that gave me such an impression. Passing on a tradition is to connect the wisdom that we all need. It was a work that symbolizes the present time but also lets us feel what our future may become. It was encouraging to see a mother passing on her love for the children in the future.



Maybe it was Nagasaki's project, but I could feel the theme that the director wanted to express, and the actors and extras looked very close to each other. By placing the problematic theme of latent Christianity as the background and designating a beautiful love as the subject, a precious feeling left behind in the history and generations of the island could be expressed clearly. The last scene depicting a word of the girl was memorable.