EuroAsia Shorts 2019 Film Festival

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Washington DC, and EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival

A selection of short films from Europe, Asia, and the United States screened at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington, D.C. The 2019 EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival will run from May 31 until June 7.

For more information about the festival, please visit the EuroAsia Shorts website.

The theme for EuroAsia Shorts 2019 is Youth. Few things are as universal as youth, although how we experience it varies greatly. It can be full of hardship, hard lessons, mentors, monsters, love, dreams, or all of the above. The experience can also be just as vivid and lasting for a wide-eyed child, a young adult coming of age, digital natives navigating social media, international students, millennials facing a changing global workforce, and even those who simply remain young at heart. Regardless of place or generation, the emotional impact of our youth needs no translation.

Japan & Italy
Monday, June 3rd - 6:30pm

  • Breakers
    Japanese with English subtitles | 2018 | 25 min | Dir by Minami Goto

    Yuta is a high school student living in Shizuoka, Japan. His strong sense of justice makes his school life torture. Only certain students are given special treatment, teachers enforce useless rules, and students just go along with it. To change the situation, he rebels against the system by causing mischief around the school. One day, Yuta, together with his four disgruntled friends, devises a plan to take over the grade assembly.

    Watch The Trailer

  • Growth Factor
    Japanese with English subtitles | 2014 | 7 min | Directed by Ryosuke Oshiro

    A middle school boy, who likes to snap photos of things he fancies and then draw pictures of them, has a crush on a girl. On his usual route home, he spots the girl he likes with another boy. The balance between his delusions and his reality is in constant flux.

  • Bismillah
    Italian with English subtitles | 2017 | 14 min | Directed by Alessandro Grande

    Samira, a 10-year-old Tunisian girl, lives illegally with her teenage brother and father in Italy. One night, she finds herself facing a huge problem, one that might be too big for her to handle.

    Watch The Trailer

  • Pater Familias
    Italian with English subtitles | 2018 | 10 min | Directed by Giacomo Boeri

    A father with the phone of his son will discover the secrets and potentials of social networks. How long will his morality go away from the "classic" Pater Familias to experience youth once again?

    Watch The Trailer

Please note that all films are NOT rated. Some films may contain language or adult themes.

Following the screening on June 3, there will be a discussion with panelists from both countries. Participating panelists include:

  • Dr. Gianni Cicali, Professor of Italian Literature at Georgetown University
  • Dr. Michele M. Mason, Associate Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies, University of Maryland

Closing Night - All Countries + U.S.A.
Friday, June 7th - 6:30pm
Embassy of Italy

  • Sudden Rain
    South Korea | 2016 | 6 min | Jisu Kwon
  • A Perfect Me, A Perfect You
    Austria | 2018 | 5 min | Dina Bukva
  • Good Night
    Japan | 2018 | 6 min | Makiko Nanke
    For these twin boys, a little sibling rivalry is an everyday occurrence. And no matter how minor the infraction, as far as they’re concerned, each quibble is like an act of war. It’s easy to imagine that for them, every single day is as thrilling as an action movie playing out in their heads. They’re fighting with all they’ve got… and even in dreams, the battle rages on. Our story peeks in on these two boys and we have a chance to look on as they grow.
  • Conosci qualcuna?
    Italy | 2016 | 6 min | Daniel Bondi
  • Hot Dog
    Germany | 2018 | 8 min | Alma Buddecke, Marleen Valin
  • Ang Unang Araw ng Pasukan
    Philippines | 2016 | 5 min | Ar-jen Manlapig
  • Un dia en el parque
    Spain | 2017 | 7 min | Diego Porral
  • Segara
    Indonesia | 2018 | 6 min | Destian Rendra
  • Le Skate Moderne
    France | 2014 | 7 min | Antoine Besse
  • The Story of Characters
    China | 2017 | 7 min | Chenchen Zhang, Weiran Zhang
  • Casey
    USA | 2017 | 6 min | Shanrica Evnas

Please note that all films are unrated. The finale screenings will be followed by a reception.

There will be a discussion panel after the screening on Friday, June 7 screenings at the Embassy of Italy.

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