Yokohama has seen its population increase by 250% in the past 60 years, and energy consumption is also increasing with it. Additionally, Yokohama's aging population will contain 1 million elderly citizens above the age of 65 in 2029. In order to realize a "town that everyone wants to live in," or a "town where everyone is vibrant," and to improve the quality of life of its citizens, the environmental futurist city Yokohama is working on projects in five fields - "low carbon, low energy," "water and natural resources," "handling population aging," "creativity," and "challenge." However, in the near future, it will be necessary for the citizens to cooperate and understand these initiatives - the city promoting its environmental futurist concepts alone cannot achieve these goals. "Citizenship" and the five fields above must synergize to increase the value of the city. As one project that aims to facilitate this synergy, the "Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia," and Academy Awards official international short film festival, led by Tetsuya Bessho, will create a 10 to 15 minute short film on the theme "environmental futurist city." The finished film will be a tool for the city of Yokohama to explain its environmental futurist city concept and the underlying ideas behind it to its citizens.
Strengthening Yokohama in Environmental, Social, and Economic Ways
Short Film "A Grain of Wheat" Trailer
Short Film “A Grain of Wheat”
The making of“A Grain of Wheat”
A French baker, Eriko, makes a sudden visit to a historical bakery in Yokohama. “The bread is crying,” she says to the bakery owner Honda. The old and stubborn Honda seems incompatible with Eriko who is free spirited. They have different attitudes towards the craft of bread making, but they start to feel mutual respect as they make bread together. And the purpose of Eriko’s visit, which is to find the original bread recipe, leads the lives of these two individuals in an unexpected direction. A story that reaches across borders and time in the city of Yokohama.
From Tokyo Prefecture. A film director. Has worked on various kinds of videos regardless of genre, such as music videos, TV commercials, and online videos. Directed the short film ""A day in the life of Beijing Hutong"" for the first time in 2008. Won the grand prize as the first Japanese to do so in the history of the convention at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, the largest short film festival in Asia. Directed short films at a pace of 1 per year even after that, and was invited to over 30 international film festivals, where his films were screened.He has also worked on numerous sports-related videos, and is continuing his activities to popularize rugby for the Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Japan in 2019.
Charlotte Kate Fox
Charlotte Kate Fox was born in 1985. She earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in dramatic dance at Santa Fe College, then completed a master’s course with a drama major at Northern Illinois University. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild in the United States. She has had leading roles in Venus in Furs, Chicago, and other plays on Stages Repertory Theatre, and has received high praise for her acting abilities and dance skills in theater reviews from countless local newspapers. In 2014, she was cast as the heroine in NHK’s serial telenovela Massan, marking her first performance on a television drama in Japan. She is currently active in both the United States and Japan.
Born in Kanagawa prefecture in 2011. She likes to dance, sing and draw pictures. She started her modeling career at the age of three and she has appeared in numerous magazines, commercials and advertisements. She has also appeared in the dramas, “Iho Keisatsu” and “99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi”
Born in Osaka in 1991. She made her debut in the drama “Pure Love in 2002. After her singing career which ended in 2010, she started to focus on acting. Her acting credits include such dramas as “Nazo no Tenkosei”, and “Yokokuhan-The Pain-“, and her feature film credits include “Ryugunotsukai,” “Sayonara Kabukicho,” “XXX Haitoku no Kyomu,””Sharing,” “Gosaigyo no Onna.”She has also acted in the theater piece, “Shonen.”
Born in Tokyo in 1948. He formed the theater troop "Tokyo Kandenchi" serving as its director. The year 2016 marked its 40th anniversary and the troop toured Japan with the theater piece "Tada no Jitenshaya." In 1988, he received the Best Actor Award for his role in "Kanzo Sensei" at the 22nd Japanese Academy Awards. In recent years, he has acted in such hit movies as "Kishibe no Tabi (2015). "Mohikan Kokyo ni Modoru (2016), "Shin Godzilla (2016)", "Shippu Rondo (2016)." In 2017, he will appear in the films "Survival Family," "Mukoku," and "Nekonin." In 2011, He received the cultural “Medal of Honour” from the Japanese government.
After he moved from Nice to Paris, he began studying Japanese and it’s culture at I.N.A.C.O. In June of 1997, he graduated with the thesis on “Futabateishimei and his movement on realistic style” While working as a French teacher and Culture in Charge, he began his radio show and DJ career. In 2001, he moved to Tokyo and began working as PR & Music in Charge at Institute of Franco-Japonais DE Tokyo. Since then, he’s been planning the club events as DJ. He’s planned various events, such as Fête de Francophonie, and coordinates a concert with many artists from abroad; Sanseverino, Sally Nyolo, Romane, Laurent, Jeanne Balibar and etc...