Award Winning Shorts Program 4

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Destruction of the environment, social gaps, and conflicts between people. These are just some of the events that are happening around us and these films will start to make you reflect those social issues. SSFF & ASIA 2021 George Lucas Award (Grand Prix) winner is screened in this program.

Closer Through Our Clothes

/ 9:45 /Japan/Retail / 2020


Shizuku, a girl who lives in Chiba, Japan, is 12 years old. She decided to recycle her favorite clothes that I couldn’t wear anymore, and she put an orange dress and a white blouse in a collection box at a UNIQLO store with her mother. The donated clothes were carefully inspected, sorted, and packed in the warehouse, and then left for Japan. The clothes arrived at a refugee camp in Uganda. Eva, an 11-year-old girl, escaped from the conflict in her hometown of South Sudan and now lives there with her sister and relatives. From the clothes brought by the staff, Eva, who likes fashion, chose two clothes that were Shizuku’s favorite. From there, a new story of an orange dress and a white blouse that Shizuku put out for recycling begins. What is the power of clothes and what are the feelings of two girls?

Save the Earth! Minister's Award, the Ministry of the Environment
Sad Beauty

Arjan Brentjes / 0:09:50 / Netherlands / Animation / 2020

In a heavily polluted world, a young woman mourns the disappearance of animal species. When she falls ill due to a bacterial infection, nature appears to send her a message in her hallucinations.

Non-Fiction Competition Best Short Award
Mission: Hebron

Rona Segal / 0:23:20 / Israel / Non-Fiction / 2020

In Israel, Soldiers are recruited at the age of 18. A couple of months later, they are already in charge of Palestinian civil life, in almost every aspect. Six Ex-soldiers face the camera and give us a soldier’s guide to Hebron, the most troubled city in the occupied west bank.

Academy Awards® nominated animator and filmmaker (Your Face and Guard Dog). Has collaborated with MTV, United Airlines, Madonna, Kanye West, Weird Al Yankovic, The Simpsons, etc.
No Snow for Christmas

Bill Plympton / 0:03:00 / United States / 2017

A satirical music video, co-produced by Maureen McElheron and Bill Plympton, showing the effects of global warming on our favorite holiday.

George Lucas Award(Grand Prix) / Official Competition supported by Sony Asia International Competition Best Short Award/ Governor of Tokyo Award

Rafael Manuel / 0:23:59 / Philippines, UK / Drama / 2020

The self-contained cosmos of the golf course reflects societal structures. Although new ‘tee girl’ Isabel still has to learn the rules, she’s already looking for loopholes to subvert the system.