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Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA) 2024 Announces the Theme of its 26th Edition: ”Illuminate Your Life“

4,936 submissions from 114 countries and regions! 112 AI-based short film submissions.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA) 2024, one of Asia‘s largest international short film festivals accredited by the US Academy Awards®, will be held from June 4 (Tuesday) to June 17 (Monday) at multiple venues in Tokyo and online. The online venue will start streaming a part of the program from April 25 (Thursday).

Because of their time scale, short films can nimbly reflect the “now’’ of the world as witnessed by the filmmaker on topics such as war, disaster, migration and gender. This year began with news of ongoing conflicts and disasters. SSFF & ASIA will present films that illuminate “life,” “living” and the “world” that surrounds them under the theme “Illuminate Your Life.” We hope these films will shine a light on the lives of viewers, creating a place where empathy, discovery, and emotion are ignited, and an opportunity to open one’s eyes to the world.

For the first time in the history of the festival, there will be a short film produced entirely by AI, a story set in a Palestinian refugee camp, a documentary made from smartphone footage of survivors of a missile attack, and a film that appeals to diversity, depicted against the backdrop of religious and cultural differences. The complete SSFF & ASIA 2024 lineup will be announced on Thursday April 25, including the five categories that will be nominated for next year’s Academy Awards (International, Asia International, Japan Live Action, Nonfiction, and Animation).

Last year, SSFF & ASIA launched LIFE LOG BOX, a platform for the asset management of creators. The 2024 festival will launch an online market for the first time, connecting the works of creators who have participated in the festival in the past with distributors, online platforms, broadcasters and film festivals, and create business opportunities for both parties. In addition, the Illuminate SSFF & ASIA 2024 Movie Contest, a promotional video contest for SSFF & ASIA 2024, will be held in conjunction with the Festival and LIFE LOG BOX. NFT voting will determine the winner, which will be announced at the Festival’s opening ceremony on June 4 (Tuesday).

Learn more on the Movie Contest site HERE

About the author

Adriana Rosati

On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"

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