Film fans have one last weekend to catch the winning entries of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2012, being screened at Yokohama's Brilla Short Shorts Theater. Winners of the festival, one of Asia's largest dedicated to short films, were announced at an awards ceremony held late June at the Meiji Jingu Kaikan hall in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.
Japan's Atsuko Hirayanagi became the first female director in the festival's history to win the coveted Grand Prix award. Her film, "Mo Ikkai" (One more time), about a man who returns to his childhood home in Japan after 15 years abroad, also took home the Best Short Award in the Japan Competition category.
The Best Short Award in the International Competition category went to "Edmond was a Donkey," an animated short co-produced by French director Frank Dion and the National Film Board of Canada. Featuring a unique-looking main character, the short film has the look of traditional hand-drawn animation, even though its striking imagery was created using 3-D computer-generated technology.
"Flamingo Pride," by Israeli director Tomer Eshed, won the Best Short Award in the CG Competition category, which was established this year with the support of Digital Hollywood Co. An impressive scene of hundreds of comical-looking flamingos highlights the short's impressive CG visuals. The humorous story follows a flamingo who falls in love with a bird of a different feather.
Taiwanese-American director Jay Chern's "Thief" won the Best Short Award in the Asia International Competition category.
The Short Shorts film fest was founded in 1999 by actor Tetsuya Bessho to bring attention to short films in Japan. It aims to promote emerging film trends in Asia and to cultivate young artists. The film fest has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in Asia, attracting 250,000 visitors from home and abroad since its inception.
The festival is officially recognized by the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves as a qualifying film festival for the annual Academy Awards.
The winning titles will be showcased at the Brillia Short Shorts Theater until July 30.
For more information, visit www.shortshorts.org.
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