Throughout the month of June, running until the 26th of the month, the Short Shorts Film Festival takes place at various venues across Tokyo and Yokohama and the best thing is that entry to most events is free of charge.
The Short Shorts Film Festival has been running since 1999 when it made its debut in Harajuku. Since 2004, it has been accredited by the Academy Awards, meaning that the winner of the Grand Prix is eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award the following year. This prestige ensures there will be plenty of quality productions on show.
The festival is now mainly concentrated in short film specialist venue Brillia Short Shorts Theater in the Minatomirai area of Yokohama. In Tokyo, events are also held in Harajuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Omotesando and Futako-Tamagawa. There is a range of different screening sessions showcasing the best short films from all across Japan, Asia and the rest of the world in an Asia International/Japan program, International Program, Save the Earth program as well as music and CGI programs. The Best Short Film Award winners from the International Competition, Asia International Competition, and Japan Competition compete for the Grand Prix with one film chosen to be in contention for that elusive Oscar nomination. Many other awards are on offer from various sponsors of the festival.
Screenings run from Tuesday to Sunday every day in Yokohama in five timeslots; 11:30-13:10, 13:30-15:10, 15:30-17:10, 17:30-19:10 and 19:30-21:10 with additional programs at the Tokyo venues on select dates throughout June up until the final day on June 26th.
In addition to the film screenings, there are several talks and workshops running including some special events with admission fees which include acting and production method courses.
Tickets for all but a select few of the workshops and talk are free and can be reserved online with the help of the Peatix app.
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