Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), one of the biggest international short film festivals in Asia, will hold an annual “Screening in Autumn” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography from Thu, October 19th to Sun, 22nd . It will also be held online from Thu, October 28th to Fri, October 27th.

This year, the event will also be held at satellite venues at “Hibiya Cinema Festival 2023” in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya from Fri. October 13th to Sun. October 22nd. A short film screening will also be held from Mon. October 16th to Wed. October 18th at the Theater Guild in Daikanyama.Also, a screening and seminar event of BRANDED SHORTS will be held on October 17th (Tuesday) at Akasaka Intercity Conference.

SSFF & ASIA, now in its 25th year, received 5,215 entries from 120 countries & regions around the world, screening over 200 films. To be screened at the Screening in Autumn will be “The Bridge,” (Poland/Japan – Animation Competition), winner of the Grand Prix=George Lucas Award, the only award named after director George Lucas which was announced in June. In addition to the award-winning films from each competition that have the potential to become Oscar nominees next year, including a film starring Eita Nagayama, which won the japan Competition Best Short Award, there is also a film that won the Audience Award, which received the most votes from our festival audience: Mansai Nomura’s directorial debut, “Tiger Cave”. As well as films selected by film festival programmers, these short films will be featured in 6 different themed programs – “Kids are Alright,” “Wandering Souls,” “Footprints of That Person,” “Who is the Enemy!?,” “Story Around Chigau (difference),” and “Things in Transition.” Also, as a special screening, a program featuring Korean short films will include “TRAP by Seo In Guk” , the winner of Global Spotlight Award.
Further more, we will be holding a special screening of Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023 Short Film Competition, top prize winners selected among from about 2000 submissions.

SSFF & ASIA 2023 Screening in Autumn Outline

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2023 Screening in Autumn (SSFF & ASIA 2023 Autumn)
Schedule and Venue
September 28, 2023 (Thurs) to October 27 (Fri) 

[Online Grand Theater]

Online Grand Theater
September 28, 2023 (Thurs) to October 27 (Fri) 

[Online satellite venue]

①”Door” Theater ( Schedule same as above)


Tokyo Photographic Art Museum Hall
October 19th (Thurs) to 22nd (Sun), 2023

[Satellite venue]

①Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
Hibiya Cinema Festival October 13th ( Fri) to 22nd (Sun)
②Theater Guild Daikanyama
October 16th (Monday) to 18th (Wednesday)

* Screening start times varies depending on the program. Please check the website.

In addition to screening SSFF & ASIA 2023 award-winning short films, there will also be a special screening of Korean short films, a talk event with guests, an online seminar for creators, and a BRANDED SHORTS seminar.
A short film program with a Halloween theme will be screened on the online satellite venue. 
*Event and guest information will be released on the official website on September 28th
・Screenings and events at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum Hall
*There will be some events where a ticket purchase is necessary.
・Screenings at Hibiya Cinema Festival
・Screenings at Brillia Short Shorts Theater Online
・Online seminar for creators

[Ticket purchase necessary]      
・Screenings at Theater Guild
・Online Screenings at Online Grand Theater
*Screening Passport that allows unlimited viewing of over 20 films from online venues 1,000 yen (tax included) From September 28th (Thursday) – Release

Seat reservations for screenings at the TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUSEUM will be accepted on the website from 14:00 on Thursday, September 28th.
*For satellite venue reservations and ticket purchases, please use the links posted on the website.
Short Shorts Asia Executive Committee
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

*All events, films and schedules are subject to change.

Important Notice

About SSFF & ASIA 2023 Screening in Autumn COVID-19 implementation of measures to prevent the spread of infection
At the SSFF & ASIA 2023 Screening in Autumn, the following measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus will be implemented during the event. We apologize for any inconvenience. However, we ask for your understanding and cooperation to ensure safe implementation.

Requests to our festival attendees:

[1] Your body temperature will be measured upon reception, waiting, entry/exit, and arrival at the reception area.
  • There will be alcohol disinfection stations at the reception and venue entrance. Please cooperate with hand disinfection.
  • Observe the cough etiquette while waiting. *When coughing or sneezing, please use a mask, tissue, handkerchief, or sleeves to hold your mouth and nose down.
  • Please refrain from conversations and speaking out loudly while waiting.
[2] Inside the venue
  • If you feel ill during screening, or become sick, please do not hesitate to contact a staff member near you.
  • Wearing masks: Due to changes in the “Guidelines for preventing the spread of new coronavirus infections” by the National Federation of Entertainment and Life Health Trade Associations, wearing masks will based on individual judgment.
  • Additionally, in order to ensure an environment where visitors can enjoy the festival with safely, we ask for your cooperation, with health etiquette like covering your mouth when coughing, etc.
[3] Measures by the organizer and staff
  • The staff will subject to checking their body temperature and physical condition in advance.
  • All staff shall wear masks.
  • Regular disinfection will be conducted with in the venue, such as for doors and reception desks.
  • * Please note in advance that the above measures may be subject to change.


SSFF & ASIA has digitalized distribution of printed materials such as tickets and flyers from 2020. SSFF & ASIA has started to implement SDGs step by step.
In addition, we will continue to develop programs with themes like “Diversity,” “War and the Power to Live,” and “Save the Earth!” The festival will work to raise awareness of SDGs through programs like the “Ladies foe Cinema Project” and various awards for these and other SDGs themed programs.



What is Short Film?

Short film is a cinematic piece of work that ranges from lengths as short as 1 minute to as long as approximately 30 minutes. For the Official Competition of SSFF & ASIA, submitted works are restricted to less than 25 minutes. Despite its short length, there is a wide variety in these works such as drama, animation, and documentary and many of the stories are rich in wit and cinematic expression that can only be possible given the short length of the piece.

There are quite a few directors who started out their careers making short films such as George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg, and there are many short films that have famous actors appear in them as well. Furthermore, short films provide a format that cultivates the talent of up and coming filmmakers, and film festivals are a gateway for their success.
How would you like to witness the possibilities of future filmmakers at this film festival?

Background of the SSFF & ASIA

In 1999, actor Tetsuya Bessho, member of the Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG), has worked to introduce the then new genre, “short films,” which he first encountered in the United States, to film fans in Japan as the American Short Shorts Film Festival.
In 2001, the festival was renamed the Short Shorts Film Festival.
In 2004, SSFF was recognized as an Academy Award® accredited film festival.
In the same year, SSFF was established with the aim of promoting new visual culture from Asia and nurturing up-and-coming young filmmakers. The Short Shorts Film Festival Asia (SSFF ASIA, co-sponsored by Tokyo Metropolitan Government) was established and the festival is now known collectively as SSFF & ASIA.
To commemorate the festival’s 20th anniversary in 2018, the Grand Prix film was named the “George Lucas Award” in honor of director George Lucas.
In January 2019, the Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival. In addition, beginning with the 2019 festival, in addition to the Official Competitions (International, Asia International, and Japan), the Non-Fiction Competition and this year, the Animation Competition Best Short winners have also become eligible for nomination at the Academy Awards the following year. SSFF & ASIA will continue to support young creators through the festival.

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Movie introducer. Born in Tokyo in 1991. In charge of comedian Jagamond’s tsukkomi. Watches about 300 movies a year.
Regular appearance on YouTube channel “Cinemansion.”
On TV, he is also in charge of the segment “Machikomi Jagamond Saito’s Final Theater” on TV Saitama.
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