SAPPORO SHORT FEST 2022


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PROGRAMMES

プログラム

#Micro Docs# FLOWERS BLOOMING ON THE SEAWALL

A large tide embankment of several hundred kilometers has been built in the area hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. "Kitanosatohama" is a small citizen group They apply a certain "ingenuity" to the artificial seawall and question the importance of living together with nature.

Akiyoshi Kitagawa

Documentary, SDGs | Japan | 2022 | 0:03:00

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

RAINBOW

I want you to love yourself first." Morita-san, 20, is a college student who sends such a message. Morita-san falls under the LGBTQ+ category of X-Gender. She says that she has loved herself since she can remember and that her first love was herself. It is precise because she is such a person that she has a message for those who are suffering in terms of gender and for those who lack self-confidence in themselves. Today, she continues to send out messages to change the world into a happier place.

Mizuki Yamamoto

Documentary, SDGs | Japan | 2022 | 0:03:00 | Student Film

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

BUSHCRAFT

Kotaro Koike is a forest worker based in Nagano, Japan. He takes care of the forest in the area, but one day, he wondered “Is that really all I can do?” That’s how he started offering BUSHCRAFT classes. He wishes to connect people and the forest through the activity.

Shiori Saito

Documentary, Environmental | Japan | 2022 | 0:03:00

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

CONNECT WITH DOTS

Mami Omasa is a director of a Type B of continuous employment support business in Koshigaya City, Saitama. She operates “a project of business cards in Braille“.
People with disabilities share their work and cooperate together. Could it be possible to make a system of happiness for people with disabilities, customers, and the whole society?

Nao Ruise

Documentary, SDGs | Japan | 2022 | 0:03:00

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

THE UNIVERSAL DREES meets INCLUSIVE PARADE

A universal dress based on universal design that can be easily worn by people in wheelchairs and people with disabilities. Cut out the event "Inclusive Parade 2022 TOKYO" where people with disabilities and able-bodied people become friends and go out to the city through inclusive design.

Yudai Kobayashi

Documentary, SDGs | Japan | 2022 | 0:03:00

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

I'M OK!

42-year-old challenge. I have been disabled for several years. He started from 0 with the aim of qualifying for the Paralympics in sit skiing. No matter how much the environment improves and the society becomes one in which anyone can participate, if no one takes on the challenge, there will be no change in society. Winning or losing is not always what you get by challenging yourself.

Satoru Nakayama

Documentary, SDGs | Japan | 2022 | 0:02:58

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

UNTITLED

Sawada Shinichi's (Shinchan) (41) ceramic works are so highly regarded worldwide that they were exhibited at the Venice Biennale in Italy. Although he was handicapped by autism, he developed his talent by encountering pottery. Through an interview with Masaharu Iketani (90), a support worker who has prepared and supported this environment, this documentary film raises the question of how to support people with disabilities.

Takuya Shimada

Documentary, SDGs | Japan | 2022 | 0:03:00 | Student Film

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

SOLIT! A BRIGHT LIGHT OF HOPE

A Japanese woman got the gold award at IF Design 2022, which is considered as one of the top three design awards in the world. This film introduces the hopeful future that is seen from the vision and the products that she made while showing her life during the ceremony.

Takuma Matsuda

Documentary, Portrait | Japan | 2022 | 0:02:56

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

I'M LATE

Have you or your partner ever had an experience where you missed your period or been “late”?

Sawako Kabuki | Animation | France, Japan | 2022 | 0:10:31

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

THE EXPOSURE TIME

Hikari was depressed when her sister Akari died.
One day, Hikari sees Akari. Hikari repeats trial and error trying to take a picture of her, but she doesn't go well.

Yosuke Sumi

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

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

目玉 | MEDAMA (EYEBALL)

Once upon a time, an eyeball born from a tree embarked on a journey of adventures.
The eyeball never stopped walking in spite of the many challenges it faced.
Every time it overcame a difficulty, the eyeball came upon a beautiful scenery.

Anna Yamamoto

Animation | Japan | 2021 | 0:08:39

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

3 INTESTINE ROAD, FISH ISLAND

A story of a family of three consisting of a pig, fish and a tadpole that lives in the stomach of a big fish. Their lives are turned upside down when a fruit floats into their home.

Moe Wakabayashi

Animation | Drama | Japan | 2022 | 0:17:12 | Student Film #SSF2022 The Best Original Score

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

CENSOR OF DREAMS

Every night, The Censor and his team moderate Yoko’s dreams. Tonight nothing happens as planned.

Leo Berne, Raphaël Rodriguez

Fiction, Comedy | France | 2021 | 0:17:54 #SSF2022 Best Production Design

AWARD PROGRAMME

BUT IT DID HAPPEN

The woman had three problems. One is about her own child who became a shut-in. Another is about another people's child who killed herself by jumping off the roof of her school a week ago. And the last one is that the woman was the class teacher of the child who passed away.

Yuichi Suita

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

JAPAN PANORAMA

I LOVE TODAY'S SKY

Do you remember yesterday’s sky? We presented visual images in an attempt to wrap our overflowing joyous hearts in a perfectly clear sky with the magic finesse of exquisite light.

Kazuma Yano

Fiction | Japan | 2022 | 0:06:26

JAPAN PANORAMA

INDIGO MOURNING

In a world where vampires and humans coexist, Ren, a vampire, deeply mourns a beloved human who took her own life after being bit by their mutual friend, Kazuki.
Determined to bring him to justice, Ren conceals his true intentions of exposing him.
After drugging Kazuki and failing to get a confession, Ren contemplates suicide, only to realize that he cannot let go of his desire for retribution.

Bilal Kawazoe

Fiction, Thriller | Japan | 2022 | 0:18:59

JAPAN PREMIERE

ENJI IN HAI

DEERMAN - "Enji in High " MV
It contrasts the rise and fall of Muroran with the anxiety and impulse of forming a band during the corona crisis.

Hideshi Tsunematsu

Music Video | Japan | 2022 | 0:04:34

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

LIFE IS MORE

Be whisked away into the enchanting landscape of Hokkaido as a girl rediscovers the meaning Of life. A story told through the lens of a classic fairytale, follow along as she journeys into fantastical scenes of sweeping grasslands, magical gardens, and a vibrantly saturant sky… This is a story that seeks to answer the age-old question: what is life?

Samuel Lee

Fiction, Fantasy | Japan | 2022 | 0:04:20

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

ROUGH DRAFT

Hisato Michigami

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

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

HAPPY LIFE

In this anxious and hectic time, Happy Life explores those unusual outlets that soothe the turmoil of the body and mind. In a meditative journey through these analgesic places, this documentary essay paints a portrait of a society in seek of meaning and relief.

Amélie Hardy

HAPPY LIFE | アメリ・ハーディ | Amélie Hardy | Documentary, Experimental | Canada | 2021 | 0:16:21

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

サンライズ・ヴァイブレーション | SUNRISE VIBRATION

A young musician proposing “Anal sunbathing” to help a depressed friend living life through lockdown. LEE, a Zainichi Korean musician in Japan, is promoting "Anal Sunbathing" as a new health practice.

Shingo Ota

Documentary | Japan, Taiwan | 2021 | 0:20:00

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

A STRAND OF REGRET

A young boy, weighed down by guilt, finds himself unable to view the face of his recently deceased grandfather. He makes a small step forward to say the words "Granpa, I'm sorry," one last time.

Hisato Michigami

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:23:10

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

INTERCOM

There's someone on the other side of the door intercom to notify you. My heart is agitated even though I'm at home. Have you ever experienced that...

Hiroki Kurasawa

Animation, Music Video | Japan | 2022 | 0:02:03 | Student Film

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

OYASUMI 〜 LULLABY OF FLAME 〜

It's the eve of the end of a long-lasting world and the beginning of a new one.
The ancient gods of the earth gather to celebrate the new beginning. Sand painting animation and the sound of overtones invite you to a meditation-like world.
Even in turbulent times, it is okay. Life goes on. A new world has already begun.
We will deliver to you such a quiet light of hope.

Arisa Wakami

Animation, Music Video | Japan | 2021 | 0:06:46

JAPAN PANORAMA

NECESSARY AND UNNECESSARY

One day, "joy" and "sadness" appeared in front of Satomi.
"Joy" is a little kind, and "sadness" is a little mean.
Living with such two people is very troublesome.
At that time, my brother who became her sister returns.
Satomi dislikes her brother's unbridled existence, and she is unacceptable,
The distance between the brother and sister is shortened as her brother's boyfriend pushes in.
Overcoming the blank time, the two run out at midnight.

Tomoichiro Setsuda

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:14:59

Prize & Screenings

2021東京国際映画祭 Amazon Prime Video テイクワン賞 ファイナリスト

JAPAN PANORAMA

OVERLONG

A man is visiting a lake with his daughter and granddaughter to offer flowers where his wife was found dead 15 years ago. After his wife’s loss, the man doesn’t get along well with his daughter.
However, the daughter is trying to fix their relationship with her father because she found her father suffers from lung cancer. After offering flowers to his wife at the lake, the man and his grand daughter go for walk and find a small lodge.

Kiichiro Nakamura

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2022 | 0:14:02

JAPAN PREMIERE

TENDO

The music video of the band "lunch break" of Sapporo. The main character who came over to Sapporo by employment from the seaside town senses true loneliness bodily in the noise and yearns for the lover he left in his hometown.

Sora Kanagawa

Music video, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:04:48

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

SHIRATAKI

Three prisoners and prison officers are walking through the forest. When they arrive at a certain place, the prison officers begin to prepare. The prisoners are removed from their handcuffs and ropes and made to stand in front of a microphone.

Isamu Hirabayashi

Experimental | Japan | 2021 | 0:10:40

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

IN THE BIG YARD INSIDE THE TEENY-WEENY POCKET

When it shrinks, it expands. It floats and it sinks. It separates but connects. When I think I’m watching them, they're actually watching me. A charming animation rhyme that weaves together the many days of observing, recording, and experimenting.

Yoko Yuki

Animation | Japan | 2022 | 0:06:37

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

FULL SWING

A sports club for kids in wheelchairs is in its third year. The club's goal this year is for the kids to take a trip to Tokyo without their parents. 5th grader, Yuki is filled with anticipation for the Tokyo trip, and anxiety about being separated from his mother.

Yuichiro Yamada

Documentary, Portrait | Japan, Taiwan | 2021 | 0:10:58

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

PAIN OF THE ANONYMOUS

Struggling to find work and entrenched in a personal health crisis, a former middle school teacher accepts a position as an online content moderator. She is faced daily with death, violence, and abuse—and reminders of unspeakable past traumas. As she becomes absorbed in her work, she endangers her stability, relationships, and psyche. The pain of Anonymous explores how dehumanization and sympathy clash in a world numb to the plight of its people.

Daichi Amano

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:27:06 | Japan premiere #SSF2022 Best National Short

AWARD PROGRAMME

THE OTHER SIDE

The middle-aged man who woke up in the riverbank of the Tama River is not wearing shoes ... A young man who seems to have come from the bubble era that suddenly appears. What is the translation of young man tears? The mysterious woman gently wraps everything. There is something here and there on the Tama River.

Toshitake Fukuoka

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:13:30

JAPAN PANORAMA

CAN I BOTHER YOU?

It is the early summer of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pregnant Mitsue receives a phone call from her ex-boyfriend, Kei.
Mitsue is nostalgic for the past, but Kay's current lover, Haruko, tells her of her troubles.

Emi Yasumura

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

JAPAN PANORAMA

ZEN

A newspaper man witnesses a weary girl at dawn.

Takuya Miyahara

Fiction, Thriller | Japan | 2022 | 0:13:46

JAPAN PREMIERE

YUKI NO ASHIOTO

Is this the first time I saw ? or not. Memories are sometimes similar to the glare of snow.
I made this movie while looking at snow rolling down from a roof.

Chima

Music video | Japan | 2022 | 0:03:41

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

A BITE OF BONE

A little girl reflects on her last summer with her father at his funeral.

Honami Yano

Animation | Japan | 2021 | 0:09:44

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

THE MOST WONDERFUL ME IN THE WORLD

Yamamori Masashi

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:13:00

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

NEW YEAR'S EVE

December 31. New Year's Eve. Nanaho, who lives in Kyoto, celebrates New Year's Eve at her parents' house. At night, her relatives are gathering, but Nanaho goes out to the city of Kyoto...

Kao Senami

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2022 | 0:16:54

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

SHALL WE LOVE YOU?

After school, Makoto, Haruka, and Mei from the drama club gather in the corner of the high school gymnasium to translate and stage Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince." They think about the meaning of happiness, whilst reading through the script they have translated.

Haruna Tanaka

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2022 | 0:07:03

JAPAN PANORAMA

SPIDER

Minami Goto

Fiction, Action, Adventure | Japan | 2021 | 0:08:36

JAPAN PANORAMA

PAIN OF THE ANONYMOUS

Struggling to find work and entrenched in a personal health crisis, a former middle school teacher accepts a position as an online content moderator. She is faced daily with death, violence, and abuse—and reminders of unspeakable past traumas. As she becomes absorbed in her work, she endangers her stability, relationships, and psyche. Pain of the Anonymous explores how dehumanization and sympathy clash in a world numb to the plight of its people.

Daichi Amano

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:27:06

JAPAN PREMIERE

LOMP

Chisato Shinya

Music video | Japan | 2022 | 0:04:20

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

SENKO-HANABI

Miki suddenly returns to her parents' house. Her parents confront her when they notice that she is carrying a new life. Meanwhile, Miki finds a letter inside her desk.
It's one of the letters that she had exchanged with her best friend Uzuki during their school days. On it are the lyrics that supported her back then.

Hitomi Kuroki

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2022 | 0:25:01

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

A_UNIVERSE_OF_TWO

Iwaki City, Fukushima. The last day in Iwaki of Yume who plans to go to Tokyo to be a photographer. Yume decides to go to the sea with her childhood friend Sono. Sono suggests that before they go to the sea they go and say goodbye to the father of their classmate who died 10 years ago.

Teppei Isobe

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:27:45

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

RESCHEDULE

”I'm getting married. We won’ have a wedding ceremony, but I want you to take our wedding photos". Yusuke is a photographer. He is asked by Azusa, a junior high school classmate whom he has not seen for a long time, to take his wedding photos. Yusuke and Azusa had been dating since junior high school. However, for a reason, they broke up upon graduation from college. Yusuke agrees, but Azusa's marriage partner does not know about Azusa's relationship with Yusuke...

Suzue Takayuki

Fiction, LGBTQ | Japan | 2022 | 0:29:59

NATIONAL PROGRAMME

LOST SPRING

Yuya Fujisawa

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2021 | 0:17:47

JAPAN PANORAMA

UNABLE TO SAY

Haruto is good-looking but not romantically inclined. He has been turning away from his feelings for his childhood friend Ruka. Suddenly, his best friend Ryo and manager Marina join him in a 2-on-1 practice match. Each of them entrusts their feelings to this practice match…

Kato Keigo

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2022 | 0:10:39

JAPAN PANORAMA

BIRATORI NO OTO

Feel the spark of life as dancers and creative beatmakers come together to Biratori, a town of about 4,500 people in Hokkaido. Hear the local sounds and experience the heart of Ainu culture.https://www.youtube.com/user/markswork

Ryuji Nakagawa

Music video, Dance | Japan | 2022 | 0:04:50

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

MEMORY OF PLACES

Hiroshi Kondo

Fiction | Japan | 2022 | 0:05:55

JAPAN PANORAMA

FORGOTTEN

Ryo Teranishi

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2022 | 0:28:01

JAPAN PANORAMA

CITY IN BLUE "OUR STORIES : FROM OTARU"

The silhouettes that emerge from the crowd are the truth of this city and its allure. Everything is connected to the ocean.

Hiroki Ito

Documentary, Music Video | Japan | 2022 | 0:05:00

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

ORBITAL CHRISTMAS

In the near future, during Christmas season, ALI, a Muslim engineer working on the space station meets TAKAKO, a Japanese girl who is looking for her father missing on the Earth, and tries to help her.

Mitsuyasu Sakai

Fiction, Sci-Fi | Japan | 2021 | 0:16:09

JAPAN PANORAMA

ENVISION

Yoko Arano, a legendary calligrapher based in Niseko Japan, has not yet completely felt satisfied with her artwork even though she has been writing for over 60 years.

Yuichi Ishida

Documentary | Japan | 2022 | 0:05:57

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

EMOTION [RE:] -A NEW DAWN IN OTARU-

The protagonist loses his job and returns to his hometown of Otaru. Otaru, as well as his family's pharmacy, was seen in a negative light as "old and unfashionable".
There is an important fact that the protagonist, long separated from Otaru, doesn't know yet. The protagonist is the one and only Tomohiro Yamashita, a Japanese creator with over 6 million followers in China.

Jo Takahashi

Fiction, Comedy | Japan | 2022 | 0:07:57

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

THE NIGHT WHEN STARS TWINKLE

After graduating from high school, Ayana and Shuri move to Tokyo to become a dancer and a singer, respectively. About six months later, Ayana's dancing is not going well, and her boyfriend Hiroki dies in an accident, leaving her in despair.

Takeru Imajo

Fiction, Drama | Japan | 2022 | 0:20:26 | Student Film

HOKKAIDO SELECTION

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