SAPPORO SHORT FEST 2021

PROGRAMMES

プログラム

Japan

SHIBUYA, TOKYO 16:30

Izumi Ohtomi

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2020 | 0:15:10

AME NO MANIMANI

18 years old, June, on the way home. Today is a normal day at all. It's just his birthday. That's it, but it's a special day for me.

Yuki Kanazawa

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2020 | 0:06:07

MATERNAL AWAKENING

At the age of 14, I suddenly woke up to "motherhood" while attending school one morning. Ten years after being trapped in motherhood, a friend told me that it resembled the virgin birth of the Virgin Mary, and I once again questioned my motherhood. Virgin birth, genes, fertility ... Traveling through memories from 10 years ago to the present, exploring motherhood.

Shiika Okada

Animation, Mix-Medias | Japan | 2021 | 0:05:10 | Student Film

KANOYAMA

The last day of the divorced couple spending their last day in Zushi, the city where they spent time together. A husband invites his wife to take a walk.

Momi Yamashita

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:18:40

Prize & Screenings

78回ヴェネチア国際映画祭オリゾンティ部門

FULL-BODIED CRIMINAL

A brutal serial murder case occurred. The detective uses a time machine to contact the Japanese thugs to ask for their cooperation to arrest the criminal.

Matsuno Yukito

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2020 | 0:20:16 | Student Film

TRANSFORM

Kazuki Omata

Experimental, Music Video | Japan | 2021 | 0:03:13 | Student Film

ROUND TRIP

A palindrome is a word, number, phrase, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward as forward. Sure, the sounds are the same, but they may or may not have different meanings. Depict such a mysterious world of poetry.

Abe Yuka

Animation, Fantasy | Japan | 2021 | 0:04:00 | Student Film

PLEASE LIVE

In 2020, I could hardly sit still by the news of a spate of suicides to produce this film. I wish this film reaches you who are so hard on yourself. I wish you to listen to the voice deep in your heart saying ‘I want to live!’. I offered and crammed words as much as I could which are merely give to you such as ‘You are the miracle’, ‘You are the one and only’

Yu Shibuya

Experimental, Video Art | Japan | 2020 | 0:02:53

マリア

ある日、自分が妊娠していることに気づいたマリア(中島唱子)。クリスマス前後に妊娠したと思われるが、彼女に男性経験は全くない。訳がわからず悩むうち、掌には聖痕のようなものが浮かび上がり、胎児は急激に成長していった。もはや堕ろすことも叶わないと知ったとき、彼女はタクシーの中でそっと涙をこぼした。運転手にそれは神の意志だと告げられたマリアは、やがて、そのお告げに従うかのように一連の奇跡を起こしていった。

Syunji IAWAI

『マリア』(DRAMADOS) メインキャスト: 中島唱子、鮫島伸一、朝倉伸二 写真提供:E&W

Prize & Screenings

関西テレビ放送「DRAMADOS」1992年3月 放送

雪の王様

地方の国立大学を出て一流企業に就職したものの女優になりたいという夢を捨てきれず単身上京が、結局あきらめる。そして、ローンでの買い物が癖づき借金地獄へ…。

Syunji IAWAI

『雪の王様』(TV-DOS-T) メインキャスト: 石橋有紀、笹田留美、梅田凡和 写真提供:関西テレビ

Prize & Screenings

関西テレビ放送「TV-DOS-T」1993年1月 放送

A Little Circus

In the town of Battambang: Birthplace of Cambodian circus, bombastic virus and news bedevil an innocent young circus boy, Theara. His best friends unite and play a circus for him.

Yoshiro Osaka

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:26:40

BLUE AFFAIR

Recurring recollections of his time in a town, started infiltrating the dreams of a photographer, pushing him to return to the dream and leaving reality.

Kosuke Okahara

Documentary, Experimental | Japan | 2020 | 0:12:47

TRANSPARENT, I AM.

In the year of 2020 when the world was forced to “change”, I wanted to confirm what changed and what did not change in me and wrote a poem “Transparent, I am.”. This film is based on it. The white mask I wore became the screen projected my past. My family are sometimes hurt and suffer, but support me who suffers from schizophrenia. Nonoho, Yuri, Nemu and Hana. The four of us live today to the fullest while looking for the answer to “Who are we?” This is Essay Film.

Yuri Muraoka

Experimental, Portrait | Japan | 2020 | 0:11:36

Prize & Screenings

第67回オーバーハウゼン国際短編映画祭 グランプリ
67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Grand Prize

I FORGET

One day, at the concert hall in Shibuya, Soichi saw Mio, who he met in Shonan, which he visited 10 years ago. While the prelude to "I forget" is quietly plucked, Soichi slowly remembers that day he spent with Mio.

Takaaki Watanabe

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:25:00

DIFFERENCE AND REPETITION AND COFFEE

Masa Kudo

Animation, Video Art | Japan | 2020 | 0:04:45 | Student Film

YOU WERE MY TOKYO

He left and never came back home. She still remembers the tiny room where they lived together. What Tokyo means to her is not the Tokyo Tower or the Skytree, but it was those days together with him. Music Video "You were my Tokyo" by Goodnight Kosugi who is from Hokkaido native.

Ryo Chita

Music video | Japan | 2020 | 0:05:48

夏至物語

ボロアパートの一室で朝から晩までトオルのことを考え続けるユウコ。ときには向かいのアパートを双眼鏡で覗きながら。ときにはキュウリをほおばりながら。ときにはたらいで水浴びをしながら。トオルが帰る時間、ユウコはよそ行きの服とメイクで準備万端。窓を開けると向かいのアパートに住むトオルがユウコに挨拶をしてくれた。「今日は暑いっスね」。

Shunji IWAI

『夏至物語』(薔薇DOS) メインキャスト: 白石美樹、上田晋也 写真提供:関西テレビ

Prize & Screenings

関西テレビ放送「薔薇DOS」1992年9月 放送

A STRANGE NOISE

SSF2021 BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
A story about a man who was urgently admitted to the hospital suffering from a strange noise.

Akiko Ikeda

Animation, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:17:38

ENDING TONE TO THE SEA

A young man comes to a woman who lives alone in an apartment beside the railroad track. It was a cut-off son. The two of them quarrel again because they have a big feeling for each other after reuniting for the first time in 5 years. However, the son forced her mother out, saying, "I didn't come to fight. There is a place I want to take you."

Hironori KUJIRAOKA

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:22:21

HAPPY RA-MEN

Emina, who loves Korean dramas, happens to meet a mysterious man on the night road. The man looked exactly like the actor in the drama. For Emina, a dream-like time will come, but who is this guy?

Jon Cox

Fiction, Comedy | Japan | 2021 | 0:12:43

TOKYO WANDERER

Florim survived ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia, became stateless and ended up in Japan twenty years ago. He spent almost ten years in prison and detention and another decade with no right to work and no home country to return to. While revisiting his supporters in Tokyo, he hopes that his twentieth anniversary in Japan will make a difference to his status

Yu Iwasaki

Documentary, Portrate | Japan | 2021 | 0:27:44

THE UNIVERSAL DRESS

By being fashionable and confident, everyone begins to shine not only in their appearance but also in their hearts. There is a moment when four women in wheelchairs dress up and shine more freely. The story of stylist Shoko Ishigiriyama and women in wheelchairs who create a world where everyone can shine with fashion.

Yudai Kobayashi

Documentary | Japan | 2021 | 0:09:45

SISAM - OUR NEIGHBORS -

400 years ago at the beginning of the Edo era, trade was thriving among the Hokkaido indigenous Ainu and the Matsumae-domain. But the trade ended with a dispute that left a deep historical grudge. ToyToy, a modern Ainu met with Ms. Natsuko Sugimoto, head of a historical Ryokan in Matsumae City to seek a path of redemption. Together they hope to resolve the grudges of the past and move forward to a better future.

Takuma Suzuki

Documentary, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:12:29

6 LEGS

A mother, a father and their child are in a dark box. The child is getting a cough constantly. The mother asks the father why we are getting such a strange situation. The father says he can't understand this situation. The bombing sound can be heard from far away. What is happening now?

Isamu Hirabayashi

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2020 | 0:15:00

IT'S JUST OUR FAMILY

Elin McCready and Midori Morita have been married for 20 years, and live in Tokyo with their 3 kids. In 2018 Elin changed her legal gender in the US, and shortly thereafter attempted to do so in Japan as well. However, Japan has refused to recognize her transition as it would result in the de facto acceptance of same-sex marriage.

Ameya

Documentary, LGBTQ | Japan | 2021 | 0:30:00

BLUE AFFAIR

Recurring recollections of his time in a town, started infiltrating the dreams of a photographer, pushing him to return to the dream and leaving reality.

Kosuke Okahara

Documentary, Experimental | Japan | 2020 | 0:12:47

ECHOES FROM A BRIDGE

A middle-aged hard-working salaryman leads quite a normal life, every day troubles sometimes tend to get in the way. On top of that, he can't find anyone to talk to. His friends, family and workmates seem to avoid him since they already have their own problems to cope with and see him as a weak person.

Bilal Kawazoe

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:15:00

HEDGEHOG'S LOVE

SSF2021 Hokkaido Media Award / SSF2021 Aminoup Hokkaido Director Award
A hedgehog was blown away by the wind and she almost fell off a cliff during a storm. It was a red balloon that helped the hedgehog. In the woods with tranquility, the hedgehog fell in love with a red balloon.

SORA

Animation, Fantasy | Japan | 2021 | 0:10:00

FUTURE OF MEMORIES

Yo Nakajima

Experimental, Video Art | Japan | 2020 | 0:14:39

A GIFT FROM NUMAYAMA

’Numayama Daikon’, praised as the most delicious Japanese radish but the cultivation has been stopped, is the key player of ‘Iburi Gakko’, the traditional dish of Akita Prefecture. Here are the three men who try to wake up the seeds. For them, the Japanese radish was so important and precious one which makes us reconsider the way of modernized agriculture and our way of living. This film is the record of the three passionate men to regenerate the extinct species.

Emil Kurihara / Travis, R, Matsumoto

Documentary, Environmental | Japan | 2020 | 0:27:23 | Student Film

AME NO MANIMANI

18 years old, June, on the way home. Today is a normal day at all. It's just his birthday. That's it, but it's a special day for me.

Yuki Kanazawa

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2020 | 0:06:07

SMAHORROR

One day, Rena learns that there was a high school girl who delivered suicide at this school in the past. However, the video turns out to be fake, and Rena tries to try her luck in the third toilet on the third floor, where a high school girl is said to have committed suicide ... A novel horror movie with a vertical x smartphone screen.

Masaki Nishiyama

Experimenta, Horror | Japan | 2021 | 0:17:17

GOOD DAY FOR HORSE LOGGING

Masatoshi Nishino has started work as a horse logger, a job that disappeared in the Showa era. His wife Tomoko, with two young daughters to look after, can’t help worrying as her husband pursues his ideal life. Why did he decide to start a horse logging business now? What will become of him as he pursues his forest-friendly work and his wife as she worries about how they will survive?

Yuichiro Yamada

Documentary, Portrait | Japan | 2021 | 0:10:28

RADISH GIRLS

Sinzi Kakuse

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:16:59 | Student Film

FLOWER OF KESHIKASU

Ki Hata, a fourth grader, was mischievous with his friends Takumi Hayashi and his teacher.
One day, it was revealed to the teacher, and the called tree unexpectedly said the name of a friend who was mischievous with him. The tree that has been disliked by a friend is left out of the group ...

KOIKE TAKUMI

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2020 | 0:18:18

POLAR BEAR BEARS BOREDOM

A polar bear who is very bored with various marine animals in the deep blue sea. It continues an ancient tradition of "Caricatures of Frolicking animals" in scroll painting-style; this time, "Frolicking Sea Animals," in animation form, with a play on Japanese and English language word-plays: "Hokyoku-Guma Suggoku Hima. / Polar bear bears boredom", "Kawauso Kawaisou./Other otter, poor otter," etc.

Koji Yamamura

Animation, Comedy | Japan | 2021 | 0:06:59

THE LAND OF HOPE

Hirokazu Kishida

Documentary | Japan | 2021 | 0:11:50

BAR LIMELIGHT

"BAR LIMELIGHT" quietly standing in a corner of Sapporo. There is a mysterious bar where wanderers who have lost their dreams and goals gather. A strange and extraordinary event that suddenly occurs. The shop has songs, smiles, and friends who want to support their dreams. Please come to the bar for 3000 yen.

Kaoru Tanabe

Fiction, Comedy | Japan | 2021 | 0:18:44

THE WAKE OF YOSHIKAWA.

Yoshikawa, my best friend who I spent time with, played with, and drunk with in my 20s and 40s, was dead. His funeral is held tonight though I am not required to go out somewhere. All I have to do is sitting here in my house. It has been lithe this for a while because of COVID-19. What will become of our world?

Isao Kusakari

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2020 | 0:14:07

A BEAUTIFUL SERPENT

Rumiko reads "Hello Sadness" by Francoise Sagan alone in the river. Rumiko and Ikuko, who live together, seem to be parents and children at first glance, but Rumiko begins to show Ikuko her unusual attachment …

Genki Yoshimura

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:28:07

LIKE YOU

Ryo, who attends a local university, wants to become a photographer after graduation and tries to move to Tokyo. His friend Yuki chooses to stay in the home town and live a stable life. An overnight story of two young adults who pursue their dreams, and who choose a stable life.

Tetsuya Uesugi

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:22:52

THE KILLER IN CURSED WATER

Cindy and Quentin are spending a romantic week-end by a lake. But a killer is prowling and he could hide a greater threat.

Laurent Ardoint, Stephane Duprat

PALETTE

It seemed that COVID-19 pandemic, which broke out in 2020, ended. However, authorities decided to lockdown the Tokyo city because of the mutated highly virulent virus spread all through the city at an unprecedented speed. They imposed fines or imprisonment for the people violating the night curfew rules. This is the memory of resistance by people who gathered in a place to seek a Utopia.

Yurugu Matsumoto

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2020 | 0:22:18

CRANKIN SHIOBARAN

This is the story of a world where Eiga is an endangered species and has been nationally recognized as a "specially designated artist". Eita Kimishima, a former director of Eiga, who is now the successor to his parents' hot spring inn. A disturbing thug came to him. This is Zen Katagiri from Shiobaran City Hall. Katagiri was looking for a short film director Eiga for the first film festival to be held locally. However, Eita was washing his feet from this Shinogi for various reasons. And a few days later, the old Aiga friends suddenly showed their faces ... A new sensation human drama drawn with a full-length POV is about to begin.

Kakehi Masaya

Fiction, Fantasy | Japan | 2021 | 0:28:45

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