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[News] SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL & ASIA 2017 Sugar and Spice Wins SSFF & ASIA 2017 Grand Prix Films from Myanmar, New Zealand and Brazil awarded at Tokyo Ceremony! 2017/06/11

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Tokyo, JapanThe 19th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (June 1-25) reached a climax with an award ceremony at the prestigious Great Hall at Meiji Jingu Shrine. Chosen from more than 9,000 entries from over 140 countries, Sugar & Spice, a documentary about rural life in Myanmar directed by Mi mi Lwin took home the SSFF & ASIA 2017 Grand Prix Award.

“I am so pleased,” said Mi mi Lwin who took to the stage during a glittering ceremony following a presentation of last year’s Short Shorts Film Festival winner Sing, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
“The film depicts the way of life of my parents and I feel so grateful that I was selected” said a delighted Lwin. “I am really taken back, this has brought me power and I will try hard to continue to work on my films. Every day I gave a priority to the lifestyle of my parents and wanted to share it with the people of my country. There are many places unknown in Myanmar so I want people of the world to know better about these places.”

The film had already won the Asia international Competition Best Short Award earlier in the evening, one of three regional awards presented at the ceremony.
The International Competition Best Short Award went to The World in Your Window by Zoe McIntosh, a drama about a young boy seemingly trapped in a world of sadness with his father. Casting director Hori Ahipene received the award on behalf of McIntosh, and stepped up to the stage to express his respect for Japan. “I greet your mountains, I greet your rivers and I greet your ancient land humbly from New Zealand. We are humbled to win at this auspicious festival.” he added.
The Japan Competition Best Short Award / Governor of Tokyo Award went to comedian Gori for his work born,bone,boon. The story tells of a dysfunctional family who reunite on Aguni Island in Okinawa for a traditional bone washing ceremony. By video, the director expressed his happiness, stating “film making is not just about winning awards, but making people happy. But with this award I feel my work is appreciated. I’ve been submitting for a while, so third time’s a charm!”
The ceremony also included awards for a new initiative titled “Cinematic Tokyo.” Introducing the concept, Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike gave a speech to explain that the collaboration with Tokyo Metropolitan City aims to encourage people to visit Tokyo. “We would like to have different people’s perception of Tokyo,” she said. “We will be hosting the Olympics in 2020, and though this is a festival of sports, we want to make it a festival of Japanese culture and tradition. Hopefully your films will also express the history, charms and the newness of Tokyo.”

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