Presenting Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021!
We are thrilled to officially present Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA) 2021, taking place in Tokyo and online, from Friday, June 11th to Monday, June 21st (online viewing will begin on Tuesday, April 27th).
This year’s theme is “CINEMADventure” – a blend of the words CINEMA, AD (advertisement), ADVENTURE, and VENTURE.
How are filmmakers around the world creating and embracing the world of cinema? How are they venturing to make adventurous, daring films? In recent years, many filmmakers have even branched out into the world of ads, or advertising. As an international short film festival, we hope to bring together all filmmakers, audiences, and supporters to experience our “CINEMADventure”.
SSFF & ASIA’s Official Competition supported by Sony is an opportunity for filmmakers to be considered for the Short Films category at the Academy Awards. With a total of 10 categories including the Official Competition supported by Sony, we have received over 6000 entries from about 120 different countries and regions. The Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony is a new category, and yet in this age of technology, it has caught the attention of many filmmakers. We have received over 900 submissions from all over the world, the largest number of entries a new category at SSFF & ASIA has ever received.
The pandemic has changed so much of our everyday lives as well as what we value in life. Despite the darkness the world may seem to be in, many filmmakers are optimistic and are welcoming new challenges everyday. The 23rd SSFF & ASIA will also welcome these new challenges to bring hope to our society through the visual language that is film.
This year, we are proud to be collaborating with Sony once again, the sole supporter of the Official Competition (International, Asia International, and Japan competitions). Sony has long supported the dreams of creators as an entertainment company powered by the latest technology.
Additionally, Sony Mobile Communications supports the Smartphone Film Competition, an opportunity to push the limits of creativity and redefine filmmaking. We are happy to announce that Sony Mobile Communications will be supporting this competition again in 2022.
Official Competition (International, Asia International, and Japan competitions) supported by Sony
This year we are proud to be collaborating with Sony once again, the sole supporter of the Official Competition (International, Asia International, and Japan competitions). The competition may serve as an opportunity for filmmakers to secure a spot in the Academy Awards’ Short Film category.
For this year’s 93rd Academy Awards, the following short films from last year’s Official Competition selections have been nominated: “White Eye” by Tomer Shushan and “The Present” by Farah Nabulsi.
＜Other Awards and Competitions＞
The GRAND PRIX, George Lucas Award will be awarded to the Best Short winners of the Official Competitions (International, Asia International, and Japan). The Governor of Tokyo Award will be awarded to the respective Best Short winners of the Asia International and Japan categories. In addition to the Official Competition winners, the Best Short winner of the Non-fiction category will be eligible for the Academy Awards the following year.
Throughout the duration of the festival, we will also be awarding filmmakers in the following categories: CG Animation, Cinematic Tokyo, Branded Shorts, Musical Short Film Pitch, Shibuya Diversity, U-25 Project, Book Shorts, Visual Tourism, Save the Earth, Biogen, Spotlight, Best Actor, and Audience.