～Looking back at Short Shorts’ history over the past 20 years～
American Short Shorts Film Festival screened high quality short films featured at the Academy Awards, Sundance Film Festival, and early works of George Lucas for their overseas premiere. George Lucas has since supported Short Shorts every year.
Photo. In 1999, Laforet Harajuku
Photo. Tetsuya Bessho & George Lucas
After the festival in Tokyo, Short Shorts toured nationally to Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Okinawa.
The name of the festival changed to Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF), and began to screen not only American shorts, but also films from across the world, shifting its focus to become more global.
SSFF went to LA, USA for the first time and the festival was held at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
SSFF received accreditation from the Academy Awards. The Grand Prix winner has the chance to be nominated in the short film categories.
“Japan and Asia” became an added focus for the festival. Being co-organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, it then changed its name to Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF&ASIA). The two festivals are held at the same time every year.
Short Shorts Film Festival EXPO 2005 was held at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan, and followed the theme: “Wisdom of Nature”.
Photo. In 2002, Roger Donaldson_Tetsuya Bessho_Colin Farrell
Photo. In 2004, SSFF ASIA
10th anniversary of Short Shorts Film Festival and the 5th anniversary of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.
Short Shorts opened a theater only for short films, named Brillia Short Shorts Theater.
The STOP! Global Warming Competition was introduced, which has since been renamed the Save the Earth! Competition.
The Music Shorts Competition was established, as well as the Let’s Travel Project with Japan Tourism Agency.
With the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Short Shorts produced a charity film and organized a charity auction under the theme of “Smile Japan by Power of Film!”
Short Shorts started festival partnerships with foreign short film festivals such as Asiana International Short Film Festival (Korea) and Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan). In exchange, SSFF & ASIA selections are screened around the world.
Short Film Day was established on June 4th, the same day that the festival was held in its first year.
The 15th anniversary of Short Shorts Film Festival and the 10th anniversary of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.
Photo. In 2008, Brillia Short Shorts Theater
Photo. In 2011, Koichi Sato, supervisor for the charity short film
“TABIMOJA” was created to introduce attractive regions of Japan using local movies.
“Oh Lucy!” directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, which won the Grand Prix in 2012, received a lot of attention at Cannes and Sundance Film Festival.
“BOOK SHORTS” was introduced; a project that solicits short novels to be produced into short films.
“Branded Shorts” was established for branding companies and organizations.
2016 Grand Prix winner “Sing” directed by Kristóf Deák won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short at the Academy Awards.
Carried out a new project with LDH called “CINEMA FIGHTERS”, led by EXILE HERO.
Brillia Short Shorts Theater closed its doors after 10 years of history.
Photo. Branded Shorts 2017 conference Photo. Directors and cast of Cinema Fighters
“Brillia SHORTSHORTS THEATER ONLINE” has opened.
20th anniversary of SSFF, 15th anniversary of SSFF ASIA.
"Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Hollywood" is held at TCL Chinese Theater. (January 2019)
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