The winning short films will be online until June 30th.
*Country restrictions applied*
★Grand Prix – George Lucas Award
★Official Competition supported by Sony Asia International Competition Best Short Award
★Governor of Tokyo Award
Filipiñana by Rafael Manuel – Philippines, UK | 2020 – 24 minutes
The self-contained cosmos of the golf course reflects societal structures. Although new ‘tee girl’ Isabel still has to learn the rules, she’s already looking for loopholes to subvert the system.
★Official Competition supported by Sony International Competition Best Short Award
Under the Heavens by Gustavo Milan – Brazil | 2020 – 17 minutes
Marta, a young Venezuelan mother, is immigrating to Brazil when she meets a struggling young couple with a baby girl. Her ability to breastfeed causes their fates to become forever entwined.
★Official Competition supported by Sony Japan Competition Best Short Award
★Governor of Tokyo Award
Return to Toyama by Atsushi Hirai – Japan, France | 2020 – 24 minutes
Takumi left Japan for France despite his father’s disapproval. After a long absence, he returns to Toyama, his hometown, a small and declining port on the northern coast of Japan.
★Non-Fiction Competition Best Short Award
Mission: Hebron by Rona Segal – Israel | 2020 – 23 minutes
In Israel, Soldiers are recruited at the age of 18. A couple of months later, they are already in charge of Palestinian civil life, in almost every aspect. Six Ex-soldiers face the camera and give us a soldier’s guide to Hebron, the most troubled city in the occupied west bank.
★Cinematic Tokyo Competition Best Short Award
★Governor of Tokyo Award
And Then by Jenn Ravenna Tran – USA | 2020 – 18 minutes
And Then is about two women who meet and grow closer to each other through their insomnia and art. The story follows Mana, a Japanese-American woman who arrives in Tokyo seeking to find a break from her life as an artist, and Haru, a Japanese woman who dreams of becoming an artist herself one day.
★Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony Best Short Award
viewers:1 by Daigo Hariya, Yosuke Kobayashi – Japan | 2021 – 5 minutes
In the future, after “something” happened to the human race, a man continues to video stream himself in solitude as he wanders about the city ruins for the one single viewer he has.
★CG Animation Competition Best Short Award
I, Barnabé by Jean-François Lévesque – Canada | 2020 – 15 minutes
During a night of stormy drunkenness, a man receives a visit from a mysterious bird and is forced to reconsider his life.
★Vertical Theater Competition supported by smash. Best Vertical Short Award
Smahorror by Masaki Nishiyama – Japan | 2021 – 17 minutes
One day, Rena discovers that in her high school, a female student had once video streamed her suicide in the past. The video turns out to be a fake, but Rena endeavors on a test of courage to the third stall of the third-floor toilet, where the suicide supposedly took place. An innovative horror movie shot in vertical smartphone size.
★Vertical Theater Competition supported by smash. Vertical Short Award
Notice by Masumi Nishibori – Japan | 2021 – 23 minutes
Akira signs his best friend Shun’s marriage registration as a witness in a family restaurant. But when he understands the true feeling behind Shun’s laughter, he storms out and leaves. Does the smartphone screen capture what we normally would miss?
★Vertical Theater Competition supported by smash. U-18
Mistakes by Kato Kota – Japan | 2021 – 25 minutes
It is winter of the third year of high school, and Yuta Sato was extremely bored. So he gets a shady part-time job, which is to take gossip photography. He loses faith in humanity as he continues working, but an encounter with a certain individual allows him to rethink his adolescence.
★Vertical Theater Competition supported by smash. Encouragement Award
① Peon by Syaz Zainal, Shaiful Yahya & June Wong Malaysia | 2019 – 15 minutes
② Goodbye Strawberry by Haroon Habib Pakistan | 2019 – 3 minutes
③ Living on an Island by Kuesti Fraun Germany | 2016 – 3 minutes
④ Run Girl Run by Anna Roller Germany | 2020 – 7 minutes
⑤ TOKI by Tatsuki Imaji Japan | 2021 – 5 minutes
⑥ Standpoint by Juan Francisco Pérez Villalba Colombia | 2018 – 3 minutes
⑦ Girls Night by Jacob Salzberg USA | 2018 – 8 minutes
⑧ 2040 by Nadin Alyekhina, Nikita Kashaev Russia | 2020 – 5 minutes
⑨ ‘Cinematic’ by Matthew Hitchcock USA | 2021 – 4 minutes
⑩ Serendipity by Kento Shimizu Japan | 2016 – 3 minutes
★U-25 Project Best Short Award
Picnic by Yuki Kusama – Japan | 2021 – 3 minutes
Beautiful weather is the best for having a picnic outside in the open field. Bunny, the rabbit, came to have a picnic on this invitingly warm and beautiful day. Let’s have lunch here. And so Bunny’s disastrous day began.
Stairs by Zoljargal Purevdash – Mongolia | 2019 – 12 minutes
A young man’s dream to make a living in Ulaanbaatar is put to the test when he must navigate the social and physical obstacles in his path.
★HOPPY HAPPY AWARD
Tsurezure Kankan by Takashi Okado, Yuki Kedoin – Japan | 2021 – 16 minutes
“I’m pretty sure my brother won’t show up at the wedding,” says Kaho to her fiancé Noboru as they head to her house. He brushes it off with confidence, but when they arrive, Kaho’s brother Seitaro turns out to be much quieter than he imagined. On top off that, the siblings suddenly get into an argument.
★Audience Award – International Competition
TRUMPET by Kevin Haefelin – Switzerland | 2020 – 17 minutes
A Japanese trumpet player on a cultural pilgrimage to discover New York City jazz experiences a hell of a night after being lost in Brooklyn.
★Audience Award – Asian International Competition
Night Bus by Joe Hsieh – Taiwan | 2020 – 20 minutes
On a late-night commuter bus, a necklace was stolen. This was followed by a tragic and fatal road accident, and a series of intriguing turn of events which revealed love, hatred, and vengeance. The film climaxes as the bus went ablaze, burning and glittering against the dark coastal sky.
★Audience Award – Japan Competition
Empty Cream Puffs by Shoji Yasui – Japan | 2020 – 22 minutes
Yuta and Ayumi are a childless couple. One day, Ayumi tells him that she’s pregnant, but when Yuta goes to the hospital for a check-up, he finds out that he’s infertile.
★Best Actor Award – International Competition
Nadir Saribacak for role in Leylak (dir. Scott Aharoni & Dennis Latos)– USA | 2020 – 17 minutes
In present day Queens, New York, a Turkish gravedigger is unable to face a shattering truth, and risks losing the dearest connection left in his life.
★Best Actor Award – Asian International Competition
Lee Chae Kyung for the role in GEORGIA (dir. Jayil Pak) – South Korea | 2020 – 25 minutes
When the police refuse to investigate their daughter’s alleged suicide, two computer-illiterate parents decide to design a protest banner. (Based on a true story.)
★Best Actor Award – Japan Competition
Hikari Mitsushima for the role in A Woman Who Acts (dir. Toshiyuki Teruya) – Japan | 2020 – 19 minutes
Akira is an old man with little time left to live due to illness. He has a young and beautiful wife, Yoshiko, who tries to take him outside to enjoy his last days. She looks delighted as Akira gets weaker and weaker. What are her true intentions?