ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア 2020 in 阿智 -日本一の星空映画祭-(SSFF & ASIA 2020 in ACHI -日本一の星空映画祭-)


Background of the SSFF & ASIA
Actor and member of the US Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Tetsuya Bessho founded the festival in 1999, with the aim of introducing Japanese audiences to short films ? a format that many people in Japan were unfamiliar with. In 2001, the festival became officially known as Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF), and was officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences®. In the same year, Short Shorts Film Festival Asia (SSFF ASIA) was established with support from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2004, to introduce new Asian video culture and to nurture young filmmaking talents from the region.
 Today the festival is know as SSFF & ASIA. In 2018, commemorating the 20th Annual festival, the Grand Prix prize was renamed, the George Lucas Award. In January 2019, we held our first “SSFF in Hollywood” as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations and winner of the SSFF Audience Award in 2001, director Jason Reitman was sent an Honorary Award.
Also from 2019, a total of 4 winners from the Official Competition (International Category, International Asia Category, Japan Category) and the Non-Fiction Category, would be eligible for nomination to the Academy Awards.
 SSFF & ASIA continue to support young filmmakers through this festival.

Short Shorts Film Festival & AsiaA message from festival President, Tetsuya Bessho

We are very pleased to announce that Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA) 2020 in Achi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan’s most beautiful starry night sky film festival, will be held for the 2nd consecutive year.

SSFF & ASIA 2020, which was scheduled to be held in Tokyo in June, has been postponed until after autumn due to the spread of the new Corona virus infection. In effect, this year’s festival will begin
in Achi Village in Nagano.

In addition to a selection of masterpieces including SSFF & ASIA’s past award-winning works, we have also prepared the “Japan Cultural Expo Special Program,” a collection of works that depicts the beauty of Japan through the eyes of the world, as a project presented and co-presented by the Japan Cultural Expo this year.
In addition to last year’s night tour venue, Namiai Park, the “Hirugami Hot Springs” venue will be added this year. This will be a film festival where you can experience more of the beautiful Star Village Achi. Please take this opportunity to enjoy short films on a large screen.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2020 in ACHI will be held in Achi Village,
Nagano Prefecture

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The starry sky of Achi-mura, which was certified as the first place (in 2006) of “places suitable for star observation” during the national continuous starry sky observation conducted by the Ministry of the Environment. From 1st August 2012, we have been holding the “Japan’s No. Starry Sky Night Tour” with the aim of utilizing this “No. 1 Starry Sky in Japan” for local activity and tourism activity and promoting attracting customers. By the end of March 2020, a cumulative total of 770,000 customers have come to the event.
At such a starry sky village in Japan, we held the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2019 in Achi-The Best Starry Sky Film Festival in Japan in July last year, and the Best Starry Sky Short Film Festival in Japan by ShortShorts in September. We had more than one customer come and enjoyed the short film.
Following on from last year, we have decided to hold the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2020 in Achi-the best starry sky film festival in Japan.
Enjoy the stars full of stars and the luxurious time played by high-quality movies.

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