Asian Shorts is a competitive section that discovers and showcases various short films by Asian female filmmakers. As a short competition section with the SIWFF since its birth, it positioned itself as a venue for finding and nurturing new Asian female directors. A total of 696 films from 30 countries were submitted for the 25th edition of Asian Shorts, and among them 20 finalists were selected. In this year's entries, produced in various regions of Asia, the audience can meet assorted tries in which the post-pandemic change, the recovery of new everyday life, the process of finding a balance in life, and the uneasiness of female creators.
Most of the finalists selected from Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, and Iran are fiction films created with various materials and genre approaches. At the same time, experimental animations and documentaries also come into sight. From narratives of human relationships and coming-of-age to genre variations borrowed from sci-fi or fantasy-style settings, insights into loss, death, labor, migration, history, and patriarchal culture, the audiences can meet the critical mind of contemporary Asian female directors. [Programmer HWANG Hei-rim]