Considered one of Asia’s largest brief movie festivals opened Tuesday in Tokyo, celebrating new methods to expertise cinema by way of digital actuality and synthetic intelligence because it maintained a hybrid format combining screenings at venues and on-line.
With 2022 dubbed the 12 months of the metaverse, an all-encompassing digital world the place folks socialize and work, the twenty fourth Quick Shorts Movie Pageant and Asia, from June 7 to twenty, will even characteristic an unique on-line seminar exploring the usage of expertise in filmmaking.
Consistent with the theme, Japanese actor Tetsuya Bessho, who based the pageant in 1999, appeared nearly on the opening ceremony amid a superb show of laser lights and fog.
Tetsuya Bessho, founding father of Quick Shorts Movie Pageant & Asia, seems nearly on the pageant’s opening ceremony in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on June 7, 2022. (Kyodo)
“We’ll undergo you a world of brief movies that transcends area and standard visible ideas,” Bessho mentioned in English.
This 12 months’s pageant will showcase about 200 movies chosen from greater than 5,500 entries from 126 nations and areas. Three movies from Ukraine had been chosen for the competitors.
The pageant is the one worldwide brief movie pageant in Asia eligible to appoint 5 movies, together with animation, for the next 12 months’s Academy Awards.
4 brief movies, together with the Swiss animation “Solely a Youngster,” which brings to life the phrases spoken by Severn Suzuki on the United Nations summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, had been screened on the opening ceremony held at Line Dice Shibuya.
The ceremony was additionally attended by numerous Japanese celebrities, together with Atsuko Maeda, an unique member of the all-girl pop group AKB48, and Sho Aoyagi, a member of the all-male theater troupe Gekidan Exile, who additionally stars within the Netflix hit drama “Alice in Borderland.”
A number of the actors who directed shorts that may display screen through the pageant appeared on stage to speak about their respective initiatives.
Eight prizes have already been awarded, together with one for Okinawa native Takayuki Nakama’s movie titled “Room with out Sound,” which acquired the Shibuya Range Award. The prize acknowledges a piece for its range and inclusion as promoted by the ward of Shibuya in Tokyo.
The World Highlight Award went to “Roborovski,” a 15-minute Australian animated brief by Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel that follows a thimble-sized hamster who spends his days in a pet store hoping to discover a household.
The award, which started final 12 months, acknowledges a brief movie that evokes and has acquired widespread consideration from a worldwide viewers.
“All Too Properly: The Quick Movie” by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was among the many six movies nominated for the award this 12 months.
On-line screenings, which have been accessible to a worldwide viewers since April 28, are slated to final by way of June 30.
Among the many movies already proven on-line are “Boy Sprouted,” a 26-minute brief written by the Japanese AI bot “Furukoto,” and “Boy Pays for the Battle,” a superhero story directed by 10-year-old Tao Oka.