Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia director Seigo Tono has been with the event since its second edition in 2000, when it was called the American Short Shorts Film Festival and showed only U.S. films. Since then it has evolved into what Tono describes as “a global event, featuring cutting-edge shorts from around the world.”

“Our aim is to make short films better known as an entertainment medium,” Tono tells The Japan Times. “We also hope to offer audiences in Japan a more nuanced view of the world, one not found in widely available feature films here. At the same time, we support young Japanese filmmakers by raising the bar for local short films and offering a gateway to the international stage.”

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