Film: Academy Awards® accredited Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA 2022 introduces over 200 films nominated from over 5,500 submissions

TOKYO, JAPAN – Academy Awards® qualifying Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA (SSFF&ASIA) has launched the official website for the 2022 nominees. Visit the website here: https://shortshorts.org/2022/en/

This year’s film festival will be held at multiple venues in Tokyo, starting with the opening ceremony on June 7th (Tuesday) and ending with the award ceremony on June 20th (Monday). The online theater starts global streaming from April 28.

To embody this year‘s theme “Meta Cinema: Transcend, Discover, Begin~”, one of the opening short films of the online venue is “Boy Sprouted, the script written by AI, a first in Japan. Also kicking off is the virtual movie theater in the virtual venue, ”DOOR.”



Announced on the official website of the festival, over 200 films were selected from out of 5,720 films that were submitted from 126 countries and regions around the world.

Nominees of the Official Competition supported by Sony, the Animation Competition, the Non-Fiction Competition and the Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony’s Xperia will be streamed online starting June 4th on the online venue as well as at Tokyo venues from June 7th to 20th.

As special screenings of this year‘s film festival, “High School Girls” by director Park Ji-Wan (“The Day I Died: Unclosed Case”), “Good Morning Midnight” starring Fanny Ardant and “The Vandal”, an animated short that depicts “lobotomy” produced by Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) will be streamed worldwide starting June 4th.

In addition to “Boy Sprouted,” as the opening film of the festival, a special program, “Japanese Filmmakers on the Rise” will start worldwide streaming on the online venue today. Short films by 13 Japanese filmmakers who will follow in the footsteps director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who is currently enjoying increased recognition around the world.

Some awards will be announced in advance and at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, June 7. Awards that will be sent for consideration at the Academy Awards® 2023 and the George Lucas Award (Grand Prix) will be announced on June 20, at the Award Ceremony.

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