Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia – Awards 2022

We present the winners of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia which took place in cinemas until June 19th and online until June 20th. Winners will be screened online until June 30th, 2022.

George Lucas Award – Grand Prix

Warsha by Dania Bdeir – France, Lebanon | 2021 – 16 minutes

Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.

Official Competition supported by Sony

International Competition Best Short Award

Warsha by Dania Bdeir – France, Lebanon | 2021 – 16 minutes

Asia International Competition Best Short Award/Governor of Tokyo Award

Moshari by Nuhash Humayun – Bangladesh | 2022 – 22 minutes

Moshari’ is a traditional South Asian mosquito net, made for protection against vermin at night. When the world is overrun with bloodthirsty creatures, staying inside the moshari is the only way to safety. In Dhaka, Bangladesh: two sisters must stay inside the moshari to survive – but first they must survive each other.

Japan Competition Best Short Award/Governor of Tokyo Award

The Limit Taxi Girl by Masaya Yoshida – Japan | 2021 – 24 minutes

Saki, a lawyer, gets into a waiting cab to go to the airport. But the driver of the cab was her sister Satomi, who had been waiting for her, and against her sister’s wishes, drove her to the hospital where her mother was in critical condition.

Other Competitions

Non-Fiction Competition Best Short Award

Nuisance Bear by Jack Weisman & Gabriela Osio Vanden – Canada | 2021 – 14 minutes

Churchill, Manitoba, is a famous destination for photographing polar bears. We’ve seen the majestic images and classic wildlife series captured here – but what do these bears see of us? Through a shift in perspective, Nuisance Bear reveals an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers whom bears must navigate during their annual migration.

Animation Competition Best Short Award

Airborne by Andrzej Jobczyk – Poland | 2021 – 8 minutes

Airborne is a surreal animation that connects the world of flying machines with the kingdom of flora and fauna. Engrossed in the fight, pilot loses his target which leads to tragedy. The plane crashes into the crown of a tree. The tragedy that seems to be the end opens a new stage in history.

Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony’s Xperia Best Short Award

Eyes by Olga Azhnakina – Russia | 2020 – 8 minutes

Kolya is died. A good man, a son, a husband, a friend, a neighbour. Everybody loved him, but at the wake it turns out that no one knew him indeed.

Cinematic Tokyo Competition Best Short Award / Governor of Tokyo Award

Tokyo Rain by Michel Wild & Robert Schneider – Switzerland | 2021 – 12 minutes

Heavy rain has been hitting the facades of Tokyo. Masahiro is alone in his office. He calls his wife, who doesn’t seem to be excited about her husband’s overtime. He falls asleep on the computer during his monotonous paperwork. He has a nightmare. When he wakes up, nothing seems the way it used to be.

U-25 Project Best Short Award

Final Deathtination by Marika Tamura – USA | 2021 – 2 minutes

A suicidal man encounters “Death” who is a “travel agent” to find the best place to die.

The 8th Book Shorts Award Best Award
The one I want to meet by Moe Haruno

Musical Short Film Pitch Competition Amuse Musical Award (Best Pitch)
The Sweet Impulse
by Ka-ki Wong & Yi Tang


International Competition Branded Shorts of the Year

A Lockdown Love Story by Show Yanagisawa for HEINEKEN – Netherlands | 2021 – 2 minutes

Heineken launches a new campaign, made for markets opening following the lifting of pandemic restrictions. The campaign entitled, A Lockdown Love Story, is an emotive and optimistic short film that looks ahead to all the new experiences and opportunities that will be unlocked as bars reopen and the world eventually emerges from the pandemic.

National Competition Branded Shorts of the Year

Aim by GAZEBO for NETGEAR Japan – Japan | 2021 – 22 minutes

Withdrawn since her mother’s death, Mai spends her days playing online games and sleeping. Concerned, her father seeks advice.

Deloitte Digital Award

Taking Flight by Juan Cabral for Kodansha Ltd. – Japan | 2021 – 2 minutes

Inspire Impossible Stories. Books move the hearts of people all over the world. This is a 100-second story in which various works from Kodansha take off to the world and reach their hearts.

The Wish by Penny – Germany | 2021 – 4 minutes

A wish list becomes the plea of a generation, when a  teenage boy asks his mother what she wants for  Christmas, and  she answers in the most unusual way: “I wish for you to get your youth back” – along with all the ups and downs of growing up. She wishes for everything her son so deeply missed, during two years of the pandemic and hard restrictions of social life.

Unspoken Love by OPPO – China | 2021 – 9 minutes

Inspired by a true story, the film is features a deaf-mute young couple from two far away cities, who met each other from a video social site using their OPPO Reno5 smartphones. Over time, their love grows as they understand each other more by communicating via portrait video everyday until the day they finally decide to meet up in person because they are each others shinning star.

HR Competition supported by Indeed

Kindness is also yours by Masaki Miya for Nichigakkan Co., LTD – Japan | 2021 – 4 minutes

A high school student, who retired from club activities, now start thinking about his future. He has no idea what he would like to do, and worries about his future.

The 11th Visual Tourism Award, Japan Tourism Agency Commisioner’s Award

Ukujima by Uku Island Tourist Association – Japan | 2021 4 minutes

Today’s travelers follow the path of Iemori Taira that has been passed down to Ukujima, and while thinking about it, they will eventually synchronize as they come into contact with a livelihood for life and culture of the people on the island that are still alive past and future. It is a journey story that encounters a miracle that “people return to themselves”.

Other Awards

Biogen Award

Barefoot Empress by Vikas Khanna – India | 2021 – 15 minutes

96-year-old Karthiyani Amma lived a life sweeping temples in India. Decades later she broke with tradition returning to school. There, she shattered expectations, earning the top score in her class. Her inspirational story is proof that it’s never too late to realize your dreams.


A Strand of Regret by Hisato Michigami – Japan | 2021 – 23 minutes

Grandfather has suddenly passed away. The relatives gather at home for the viewing. The boy, Yuito, is unable to look at his grandfather’s face because of his guilty conscience. Grandpa, I’m sorry. He takes a small step forward to say just one word to his grandfather.


The Hands by Seowon Jung – South Korea | 2021 – 10 minutes

Sign language interpreter Doh-young learns of his wife’s delivery for the newborn bay during his live interpretation for a case briefing. In his own way, Doh-young conveys his warm feelings towards his wife and the newborn child.

Shibuya Diversity Award

Room Without Sound by Takayuki Nakama – Japan | 2021 – 13 minutes

A room in an old apartment. The delivery man knocks on the door to deliver a package, but there is no reply. Things are scattered all over the quiet room. The daughter is lying on the floor. The mother is sitting on the balcony and staring into the distance.

Save the Earth! Minister’s Award, the Ministry of the Environment

Penthouse by Vegard Dahle & Line Klungseth Johansen – Norway | 2022 – 20 minutes

The world is uninhabitable and flooded, and everyone has fled. Except from John and his concerned boyfriend Benjamin. When Benjamin finds a radio and wants to flee, John’s utopian dream of creating a self-sustained world starts falling apart. John embarks on a destructive mission to force them to stay together.

Save the Earth! J-WAVE Award

Present for Future by Shamir Raiapov – Kyrgyzstan | 2021 – 1 minutes

Amanda is walking in the forest. She is enjoying the beauty of nature, listening to sounds of stream, jumping around. She finds a rabbit on her way and wants to hold him. Then suddenly…

Global Spotlight Award
Roborovski by Tilda Cobham-Hervey & Dev Patel – Australia

Roborovski follows the eponymous thimble sized hamster, who spends his days in Marvin’s Pet Shop, hoping to find a family. However, when he is constantly overlooked by the people and animals around him his seething resentment and intense jealousy soon takes hold and a murderous side of little Roborovski is released.

Special Mention Award
Jogekankei by Kensaku Kakimoto

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