This Year’s Award-Winning Films Will Be Available Online, At the SSFF & ASIA 2021 Screening in Autumn From October 1st!


The Academy Awards® accredited Asia’s one of the largest international short film festivals, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA) starts Screening in Autumn on October 1st .

Online Venue :

The SSFF & ASIA 2021 George Lucas Award (Grand Prix) and Official Competition supported by Sony Best Short Awards winning films, which are nominees for next year’s Academy Awards in the short film category, and other award-winning films in each category will be distributed in Japan and worldwide.

The lineup includes “The Woman Who Acts” directed by Toshiyuki Teruya (Gori), starring Hikari Mitsushima, which won the Best Actor Award, and “Trumpet” starring jazz trumpeter Mao Sone, which won the Audience Award.  “Incident at School” will also be included, which had 87,000 likes, 15,000 retweets, 7.5 million impressions on Twitter and over 35,000 views in one week.

In celebration of the Animation category being a pathway to the Academy Awards, the program introducing animation works will include works by Bill Plympton, director of “The Simpsons,” and Jacques Drouin, a pin-screen animator who passed away in August.

The following 14 films will be available for viewing outside of Japan.

*from the top left

GEORGIA (dir. Jayil Pak)

Empty Cream Puffs by Shoji Yasui

Leylak (dir. Scott Aharoni & Dennis Latos)

A Woman Who Acts (dir. Toshiyuki Teruya)

And Then by Jenn Ravenna Tran

Stairs by Zoljargal Purevdash

Flash! Minamishimabara News Agency (Special Edition)

Incident at School by Jacob Pilgaard

TRUMPET by Kevin Haefelin

Under the Heavens by Gustavo Milan

Shakespeare in Tokyo by Genevieve Clay-Smith

Picnic by Yuki Kusama

Promise by  Chi Thai 

The Old Woman Skin by Hiroki Inoue 

About Online Streaming

Schedule: October 1, 14:00 – October 31, 23:59 (Japan time)


How to Watch Online:

Online Grand Theatre Admission Passport: ¥1,000 (JPY) for Japan residents only / $9.50 (USD) for international users

Films can be viewed on the video sharing site Vimeo. To watch, register on the Vimeo site and pay by credit card or PayPal (1,000 yen).

* Some films may not be available for the online screening program, please check the list of online films before purchasing. • The online venue will be available from October 1,14:00 to October 31, 23:59 (Japan time).

Caution: Regardless of the application date, the screenings will end on October 31.

*There may be changes in the program during the screening period.

There are no refund whatsoever.

* For inquiries regarding online screenings.