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28 Short Films you cannot miss at the 14th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market (Part 1)

sapporofilmsa2019We present a list of twenty-eight short films you cannot miss at the 14th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market, which is taking place from October 17th until November 4th in Sapporo, Japan.

About the festival:
The Sapporo International Short Film Festival continues to attract between 2800 and 3500 entries per year across all genres cementing its reputation as one of Japan and Asia`s largest and most respected showcases of short form cinema. The festival offers one of the best opportunities available for filmmakers looking to expose their creative works to large audiences and to submit for appraisal by high profile international jury members in the heart of the burgeoning Asian transnational film scene.

Since its inception in 2006, the festival has received more than 35,000 entries from 141 countries and boasts an average annual festival audience of more than 10,000 film enthusiasts. The high volume of entries each year allows for the curation of an extensive and diverse array of programs of both Japanese and International films of the highest quality in various competitive categories. Selected films are professionally showcased, subtitled in Japanese, and screened in state-of-the-art cinema surrounds.

Selected Films:

Just Love

#Just Love by Yuma Konish – Japan | 2019 – 10 minutes
Section: Update Documentary Project

Undefiable, fragile, yet strong bond between a single homeless woman and abandoned gifted boy. Through their peculiar relationship, the film looks into what “family” and “love” mean.

Screenings:
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 BF | 11:00 am

 

 

After Math

After Math by Shin Yahiro – Japan | 2019 – 11 minutes
Section: Japan Panorama A

Eight years since the Great East Japan disaster. I talked to people who live in the area at the age of 18, 28 and 58. How they spent eight years and how they caught the tsunami.

Screenings:
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 BF | 19:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Al Inclusive

All Inclusive by Corina Schwingruber Illic – Switerzerland | 2018 – 10 minutes
Section: International Programme | Love & Arts

Under the spell of mass entertainment at high sea.

 

Screenings:
October 18th (Friday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 12:00 pm
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 5:00 am
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 F | 16:00 pm
October 20th (Sunday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 BF | 17:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Bedtime Story

Bedtime Story by Lucas Paulino, Ángeles Torres – Spain | 2019 – 9 minutes
Section: Mystery Zone

A witch that is observing from the apartment across the street and a story no child should ever hear…

Screenings:
October 20th (Sunday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 FB | 15:00 pm
November 3rd (Sunday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 13:00 pm
November 4th (Monday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 17:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Birth

Birth by Kazuomi Makita – Japan | 2019 – 25 minutes
Section: Japan Panorama A

One day, Majima couples looking forward to having their child born, told the doctor that the child might have a disability.

Screenings:
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 FB | 19:00 pm

 

 

Cassette Tape

Cassette Tape by Yurugu Matsumoto – Japan | 2018 – 24 minutes
Section: National Programme A

A small little story about the marriage of an ordinary, extremely common father and daughter, who seems to be everywhere.

Screenings:
October 18th (Friday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 10:00 am
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 BF | 15:00 pm
October 20th (Sunday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 14:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Classmate

Classmate by Takashi Tomohisa – Japan | 2018 – 9 minutes
Section: Japan Panorama A

Chinatsu is an inconspicuous third grader who likes reading. Satoko is magazine models. In the new school year They become class and get along together…

Screenings:
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 FB | 19:00 pm

 

 

Danchi Woman

Danchi Woman by Akiko Sugimoto – Japan | 2019 – 28 minutes
Section: Japan Panorama A

85 years old and never married, Shizu has spent the past 3 decades living in one “Danchi” – the Japanese word for public housing. When the danchi is scheduled for demolition, Shizu and neighbors must say goodbye to their homes.

Screenings:
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 FB | 19:00 pm

 

 

Fauve

Fauve by Jeremy Comte – Canada | 2018 – 16 minutes
Section: International Programme | Cinephile

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Screenings:
October 17th (Thursday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 14:00 pm
October 18th (Friday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 20:00 pm
October 18th (Friday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 BF | 17:00 pm
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 03:15 am

Trailer:

 

 

Homosocial Dancing

Homosocial Dancing by Tsuyoshi Shoji – Japan | 2019 – 11 minutes
Section: National Programme A

In the school of somewhere in the world. One girl in a group of six cool male students. One sissy boy who cannot get in this group tries to get close to her, but they are always laughing at him.

Screenings:
October 18th (Friday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 10:00 am
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 BF | 15:00 pm
October 20th (Sunday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 14:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Mix

Mix by Kotoko Nakamura – Japan | 2018 – 7 minutes
Section: Japan Panorama A

A “lie” hidden in a family that looks like get very close family. For what, who is the “lie” for? The world where the truth and turbidity “MIX”.

Screenings:
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 FB | 19:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Nobu

Nobu by Sarah Blok – Netherlands | 2019 10 minutes
Section: SSF Docs

A short film about former world champion karate and Japanese immigrant Nobuaki Konno. His daughter and fashion designer Lisa Konno asks him about cultural differences while he wears a collection she made for him.

Screenings:
November 2nd (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 13:00 pm
November 3rd (Sunday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 21:00 pm
November 4th (Monday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 15:00 pm

 

 

Odyssey

Odyssey by Hiroki Ito – Japan | 2018 – 8 minutes
Section: National Programme C

An Exploration to the North. Hokkaido, Japan. In 2018, I traveled around Hokkaido, following the footsteps of Takeshiro Matsuura, the godfather of Hokkaido, with a drone in one hand.

Screenings:
October 17th (Thursday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 10:00 am
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 BF | 17:00 pm
October 20th (Sunday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 10:00 am

 

 

Pickle Plum Parade

Pickle Plum Parade by Eri Sasaki – Japan | 2019 – 4 minutes
Section: National Programme B

The dog barks there. Oh, if you think it’s a cat, it‘s a plastic bag. The uncle was laughing somehow. I know a lot about this city, but I don’t know much about it.

Screenings:
October 18th (Friday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 BF | 21:00 pm
October 19th (Saturday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 10:00 am
October 20th (Sunday) | Sapporo Plaza 2.5 2F | 12:00 pm

 

 

To see the second part of this article please go here: PART 2

For more information about the programme please visit the official website of the festival: Sapporo Short Film Fest

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