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“Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood” is a one-day film festival program that aims to introduce the world of Japanese and international short films through screenings, live discussions, and presentations by industry leaders.

Originally conceived to promote short films to a Japanese audience, the Short Shorts Film Festival has grown to receive over 10,000 short film submissions from over 130 countries annually.

The short film format is quickly evolving and expanding rapidly in Asia and around the world, due to digitalization and a greater demand for short-length media that can be consumed rapidly during a work commute, on the go, etc. The format includes work in all genres, including dramas, documentaries, music videos, and the recently-emerging “branded short film” produced by companies for marketing purposes.

This program features a curated film screening at the historical TCL Chinese Theatre, along with appearances and remarks by special guests. Features include “The Human Face,” a documentary about Academy Award-winning makeup artist and sculptor Kazuhiro Tsuji, and “Lies,” by Cannes Grand Prix winning director Naomi Kawase.

“Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood” also features a master class led by director Naomi Kawase.

Program

Canaria (2018), dir. Daishi Matsunaga

Matsunaga first gained international attention for his 2009 documentary film “Pyuupiru 2001-2008,” which follows the life of a transgender artist. His first narrative film, “Pieta in the Toilet,” was released nationwide in Japan in 2015 to great success. His entry in this festival, “Canaria,” tells a story of loss, sorrow, and new life at a cattle farm in rural Japan.

Benjamin’s Last Day at Katong Swimming Complex (2017), dir. Yee-Wei Chai

“One of Singapore’s most prolific film directors, Chai has four international feature films under his belt in the horror, comedy and music genres. His entry in this festival, “”Benjamin’s Last Day At Katong Swimming Complex,”” received the Grand Prix George Lucas Award at the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018.”

The Human Face (2017), dir. Aline Pimentel

In this short documentary directed by Aline Pimentel, viewers are invited to experience what is behind every wrinkle on the human face. By considering each and every mark on his sculptures, special make-up effects and hypperrealist sculptor Kazuhiro Tsuji, 2018 Academy Award winner for Makeup in “Darkest Hour” (2017), transforms a superficial mask into a window to the soul and gives meaning to his own life.
Lies (2015), dir. Naomi Kawase

Kawase’s films explore ‘reality’ while crossing the boundaries of documentary and fiction. She has received international recognition and many awards, such as the Grand Prix at the Festival de Cannes, and she was the first Japanese member selected to sit on the jury at Cannes.

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