Japanese Short Films to Be Showcased at YoFi Fest



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The ShortShorts Film Festival & Japanese Showcase at YoFi Fest

Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Riverfront Library Theater – 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers

Tickets: $10

As part of YoFi Fest’s mission to present films from around the world, the third annual YoFi Fest film festival has partnered with The ShortShorts Film Festival & Asia to present six short films from their recent festival. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles. This is a special opportunity to see shorts that are rarely screened in the U.S.


A Scene シーン (Mitsutoshi Nambu)
Sakamoto is a businessman. At work his company is in the midst of downsizing. At home he talks with his wife and watches as his daughter grow up. This is his life.

Shabu-Shabu Spirit しゃぶしゃぶスピリット (Yuki Saito)
When fiancé, Keita, goes to meet the family, the father, Shozo, begins his secret appraisal – a test to see whether this fiancé is worthy or not of marrying his daughter. Trying to reduce the distance between them, the mother prepares a single nabe (hot pot) for the shabu-shabu meal. As Shozo’s eyes glint brightly, Keita reaches towards the shabu-shabu.

A Warm Spell 小春日和 (Toshimichi Saito)
Nao gave up his dream of painting to take over the family-run post office. His older brother, Masanobu, left home to become a doctor. When their mother’s funeral brings the two brothers together again, they are forced to confront their old conflicts and resentments.

It Cannot Move 動きとれず (Yoshiaki Sajima)
Two actors are shown to a waiting room, said to be haunted, at a film studio where mysterious events unfold. Even though the room is cold, the staff says it’s hot. They are brought lunch, but no chopsticks. What’s behind these strange happenings?

Dance Dance Dance ダンス ダンス ダンス (Ken Ochiai)
Furu is a DJ who lives alone in Tokyo. Every evening, his skyrise apartment is haunted by visions that remind him of his relationship with Yukino.

Love Divine! 恋する占女リータ! (Toshiro Sonoda)
A romantic comedy led by fate. The protagonist is a woman inexperienced in love who relies on fortune telling, and it is this fortune telling that triggers her encounter with a man. Full of emotion, this is a story that unfolds over a scenic Thai landscape.

The SSFF&A is a Japan-born, Academy Awards® accredited festival and one of the largest film festivals in Asia. It was started by actor Tetsuya Bessho, a native of Japan and member of the Screen Actors Guild, with the aim of introducing Japanese audiences to short films – a format that many people in Japan were unfamiliar with. The first festival was held in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo in 1999. In 2001, the festival became known officially as Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF), and in 2004, with support from Tokyo Metropolitan Government, it became The Short Shorts Film Festival Asia (SSFF ASIA) with a mission to introduce new Asian video culture and to nurture young filmmaking talents from the region. It was accredited as a qualifying festival for the annual Academy Awards®. The winner of the festival Grand Prix is eligible to be nominated in one of the short film categories of the Academy Awards® the following year, offering a bridge between Japan and the Oscars. To this day, the two festivals are held together as Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.

To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit the festival’s website.