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25 Short Films you cannot miss at the 13th Sapporo International Short Film Festival

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These are twenty five short film you cannot miss at the 13th Sapporo International Short Film Festival that is taking place from October 11th – 21st in Sapporo, Japan.

Gatha

Gatha by Chenglong Tang – China | 2018 – 16 min.
International Programme – Art & Entertainment

A story of Tibetan brothers’ prostrating pilgrimage to Mount Kangrinboqe (Mount Kailash), where the elder brother unfortunately died. With his late brother’s last wish, the younger brother finally arrived at the Holy Land, alone, grieved, but fulfilled. His journey continued, a new cycle of life began.

Schedule:
October 11th | Thursday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 16:00
October 12th | Friday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 23:45
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 14:00
October 20th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 13:00

Death of the Sound Man

Death of the Sound Man by Sorayos Prapapan – Thailand | 2017 – 16 min.
International Programme – The Spice of Life

Two sound recordists are working on a film. They realize that same as Thai government that never listen its citizens’ voice, the audience don’t care about the sound they worked hard on.

Schedule:
October 11th | Thursday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 14:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 03:15 am
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 20:00

Conterfeit Kunkoo

Counterfeit Kunkoo by Reema Sengupta – India | 2017 – 15 min.
International Programme – Cinephile

In a country where marital rape is not a legal crime, Smita escaped from an abusive marriage. She found an apartment, but the tranquility was shaken when the doorbell rang. Counterfeit Kunkoo isn’t a feminist retort to the deep-seated misogyny, but an exploration of the idiosyncrasies, the battles one must fight.

Schedule:
October 11th | Thursday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 18:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 01:30 am
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 16:00

Ke

Ke by Jun Chong – Singapore | 2017 – 13 min.
International Programme – World Currents

The story revolves around the initial fear and trepidation of Mrs Lee, an elderly taiwanese lady who comes to Singapore for the first time in search of her grandfather’s tombstone in the nation’s only Hakka cemetery. We follow her desperate journey to find her grandfather before the cemetery gets relocated.

Schedule:
October 11th | Thursday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 12:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 05:00 am
October 14th | Sunday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 16:00

Old Narcissis

Old Narcissus by Tsuyoshi Shoji – Japan | 2017 – 22 min.
National Programme

An old picture book writer named Yamazaki, having been handsome as a young gay man, grows narcissistic of his beauty. But now, can’t bear his own aging. Yamazaki turns to hurting himself in order to bear his own reflection in the mirror….

Schedule:
October 12th | Friday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 10:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 03:15 am
October 14th | Sunday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 12:00

Metamorphose

Metamorphose by Reiko Yokosuka – Japan | 2018 – 4 min.
National Programme

It starts with a butterfly and depicts creatures that are transforming variously.

Schedule:
October 12th | Friday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 10: 00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 03: 15 am
October 14th | Sunday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 12: 00

Pacalien

Pacalien by Toshiko Hata – Japan | 2017 – 11 min.
National Programme

The Romeros, who looks just like an alpaca is an alien and a researcher. In the mountain, He gets attacked by a human wearing an eerie mask.

Schedule:
October 11th | Thursday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 20:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 01:30 am
October 14th | Sunday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 10:00

Dream

Dream by Tekkou Nogami – Japan | 2017 – 8 min.
National Programme

What if there was one day you could go back to before you go to heaven. When would you choose? Who would you spend it with? What would you say to them? From the border of heaven to that day. He goes back to one summer day to tell his true love, who he loved until he died, his thoughts.

Schedule:
October 11th | Thursday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 20:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 01:30 am
October 14th | Sunday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 10:00

Dead Run

Dead Run by Daishi Kato – Japan | 2018 – 10 min.
National Programme

Hana is on the athletic running team. She’s furious. To forget about her pent up emotions towards her parents, best friend, and romance, she runs. Her love for running allows her to keep going.

Schedule:
October 11th | Thursday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 10:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 05:00 am
October 14th | Sunday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 14:00

The Love Not Delievered

The Love Not Delivered by Misaki Matsumoto – Japan | 2018 – 14 min.
Japan Panorama Programme

Sachiko is embarrassed about not having a boyfriend and being a virgin at 30. One day she decided to make a daring, bold move to looking for a way to change her life.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 19:00

Full Moon

Full Moon by Daiki Kikkawa – Japan | 2018 – 12 min.
Japan Panorama Programme

Halu works as a tattooist. Seigo, her brother, want to get a tattoo in his forearm. A man, who was told by a doctor that he does not have much time left, films his daily life on camcorder. Each of three had his own full moon.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 19:00

A can of peach

A Can of Peach by Shinya Kawakami – Japan | 2017 – 10 min.
Japan Panorama Programme

A peach can filled with Sachiko and Yuichi’s emotions.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 19:00

The Apple

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree by Kota Fukihara
Japan | 2018 – 19 min.
Japan Panorama Programme

Over the years, Yoko has had a bad relationship with her father Minoru. One day, Minoru passed away. A mysterious man came to the funeral.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 19:00

Last Lie

Last Lie by Yusaku Okamoto – Japan | 2018 – 12 min.
Japan Panorama Programme

Barricades will occur at convenience stores. The hostage was Policeman’s wife.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 17:00

Heroine

Heroine by Makoto Matuzaki – Japan | 2017 – 18 min.
Japan Panorama Programme

Her father’s last word was “Kaori”,which was woman’s name she never knew. The daughter is going to visit “Heroines” of three 8mm films which her father directed in his college days.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 19:00

Pay PHone

Pay Phone by Yurugu Matsumoto – Japan | 2018 – 16 min.
Japan Panorama Programme

This is a story about one ordinary night for an ordinary parent and daughter.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 19:00

Goodbye Hoho

Goodbye, Hoho by Shoh Kataoka – Japan | 2017 – 18 min.
Hokkaido Selection

Ako grows up wanting to be a witch like a Kiki. Only her magical power is to talk with Hoho, a stuffed owl.

Schedule:
October 12th | Friday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 18:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 13:00

Invader

Invader by Fumiya Yoshida – Japan | 2018 – 6 min.
Hokkaido Selection

A burglar broke into the house while she was away. Just then she came back home…

Schedule:
October 12th | Friday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 14:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 21:00

Sunaie

Sunaie by Megumi Sasaki – Japan | 2018 – 8 min.
Hokkaido Selection

The girl hasn’t decided her course to take after graduation yet. She came to the beach to escape from it.

Schedule:
October 12th | Friday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 14:00
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 21:00

A day in a life

A day in a life by Kwok Zune – Hong Kong | 2008 – 17 min.
Asian Typhoon 13

She gets up early every morning. She works hard every day. For her, a day is like a lifetime, but she lives on…

Schedule:
October 20th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 13:00

Thief

Thief by Jay Chern – Taiwan | 2011 – 25 min.
ShortShorts Film Festival & Asia 20th Anniversary

Jenny receives a new cellphone from her boyfriend, but as they stroll through the streets of Taipei he’s called back to work. Whilst waiting for him in a nearby night market she is unknowingly followed by a young woman who steals her phone and breaks into it.

Schedule:
October 20th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 17:00

Coco

Coco Tatta by Yuichiro Fujishiro – Japan | 2018 – 30 min.
Tokushima International Film Festival

5 girls were born and raised in Tokushima. They love their hometown. At the same time, they also want to depart for the city.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (BF: BFH Hall) | 15:00

2001

2001: A space odysSEX by Hikaru Tsukuda – Japan | 2018 – 4 min.
Drunken Night

Dr. Yamamoto discovered rare ancient fossil. But his assistant objects to his opinion.

Schedule:
October 19th | Friday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 21:00

Take 8

Take 8 by Shinichiro Ueda – Japan | 2015 – 20 min.
J Comedy

Takao is an independent filmmaker who is making a film about a wedding at a wedding venue with his girlfriend Akane playing a bride. Come there to the Father of Akane is to visit …

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 23:45
October 20th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 21:00

Confession

Confession Ranking of Girlfriend by Shinichiro Ueda
Japan | 2014 – 22 min.
J Comedy

There were 17 secrets that she had to confess to him.

Schedule:
October 13th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 23:45
October 20th | Saturday | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 (2F) | 21:00

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