Announcement of SSFF & ASIA 2023 Shortlist (#4)

Announcement of SSFF & ASIA 2023 Shortlist (#4)

Since August, 2021, the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia began releasing a shortlist every month from among the entries for the five Academy Award© eligible categories (International, Asia International, Japan, Animation, & Non-fiction) for the following year’s festival.

For this year’s 25th Anniversary edition of the SSFF & Asia 2023, in November this year, we received a total of 797 entries. In particular, there were many entries from the United States, Japan, France, China, and United Kingdom. 20% of the total submissions were from Japan. In addition, 34% of the submitted films were directed by female filmmakers and 28% from first-time filmmakers. There were many stories about the younger generation struggling between conforming to society or alternative ways of life, middle-age characters facing life changes and reconsidering what’s more important to add value to their lives. As for genres, we are receiving more horror/thriller films than last year but with added elements of comedy .

Today is the final day to accept submissions in the 5 main competitions as well as the Cinematic Tokyo and the Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony’s Xperia. We hope to see your submissions here!  


〜SSFF & ASIS 2023 shortlist(4th)~

~ The name of the film, the director name, and the country name will be listed in alphabetical order by category ~

 Title Director Country of Origin
■International/Live-action Competition
Bean Feasa // Wise Woman Daniel Butler Ireland
Beyond Teruel Manuel Omonte Spain
Burden of proof Ivar Aase Norway
BURN IT ALL JACK Hickey Ireland
CORA IN REFLECTION Ash Brandon United States
Daisy Torbjörn Edwall Sweden
Esperanza Shruti Parekh United States
Fracture Panagiotis Fafoutis Greece
Get Home Safe Tamara Denić Germany
Headspace Aisling Byrne Ireland
Hold Up Alex Rollins Berg United States
Lava Carmen Jimenez Spain
Les Désancré.e.s Laura Lambert, Hélène Manescau France
Piedra Dura Rommel Villa Bolivia, Plurinational State of
Romeo Tynystan Temirzhan uulu Kyrgyzstan
Sunset at the Sea Jina Miao United States
Tabanca Lauren Marsden Canada
The middle of the garage Lisa Bolduc Canada
The Other End of the Street Kálmán Nagy Austria
Voice Activated Steve Anthopoulos Australia
Volver Al Sur – Returning South Sofia Ayala Germany
Your Guardian Mimi Vlaovic Serbia
Lola vs Ed Brinkman Lars Netherlands
■Asia International / Live-action Competition
44 Meera Krishnan India
48 Hours Azadeh Moussavi Iran, Islamic Republic of
Evacuation of Mama Emola Priambodo Anggun Indonesia
File Sonia K. Hadad Iran, Islamic Republic of
Floating on Water Su,Yi-Hui Taiwan
Giddh (The Scavenger) Manish Saini India
HEIRLOOMS Devina Sofiyanti Indonesia
Nowhere else LEE KYEONG WON Korea, Republic of
Raised in Water Janus Victoria Philippines
The Suitcase Saman Hosseinpuor, Ako Zandkarimi Iran, Islamic Republic of
■Japan / Live-action Competition
CALM TIME Rino Tsuneishi Japan
LET’S MAKE BLUEBERRY JAM Yusuke Hayamizu Japan
One minute walk to love in cosplay Ryousuke Tanaka Japan
Six of Sayoko Yuji Shiota Japan
■Animation Competition
Amok Balázs Turai Hungary
Candlelight Scott Newton United Kingdom
Crab Piotr Chmielewski Poland
Distance Jung-Hsin Hu Taiwan
Eclipse Diplomacy  LUTON Cesar, PASQUIER Achille, LALLAOUI Selim, BAILLY Clemence, MECHIN Axel France
FALLING Daniel Sousa, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson United States
Kafka’s Doll Bruno Simões Spain
pinto Sei Ohara Japan
Spoon arthur chays France
Til We Meet Again Ülo Pikkov Estonia
■Non-Fiction Competition
Afterlives Michael Heindl Austria
Becoming Yamazushi George Yamazawa United States
The Awakening of the Vietnamese Elephant Teresa Carante Viet Nam


Festival selections will be made from among the shortlisted films. The shortlist films will be selected monthly until the end of March, 2023 and will be uploaded on the festival’s official website by the end of April, 2023.This month’s shortlist is mainly drawn from films submitted by the end of November, however the timing of the announcements may vary.