Asian Shorts is a competitive program that has been with the whole history of the SIWFF. The 23rd SIWFF's Asian Short Films featured 1,017 short films, more than any other year, and the regional and cultural backgrounds of the entries were more diverse than ever. After the intense preliminary screening, 19 films were selected as finalists.
Overall, the entries show high level of perfection, employ bold approaches to formal experimentation, and have keen eyes to see the world. The fact that there are many individual and independent works is also characteristic of this year's Asian shorts’ entries. Lots of individual works were not supported by a specific film school or other educational institutions, and those films were produced independently in various formats of vlogs or video diaries while using the existing footages gathered Internet archives.
Thematically, while taking socially critical subjects such as sexism, economic inequality, women's history, and daily criticism of power, the films do not get bogged down in the subject matter or gets stuck in a one-sided view, but carefully examines the world and context in which inequality and injustice are located. The films that directly or indirectly express the pandemic situation and its aftermath are also impressive. Let's meet these wonderful short films that create new filmic and thematic languages and aesthetics while crossing over the boundaries of feature films, documentaries, and animations. The finalists screened during the festival will be judged by three judges, and will receive Grand Prize (a prize of KRW 10 million and a trophy), Second Prize (a prize of KRW 5 million and a trophy), BNP Paribas Award (a prize of KRW 5 million and a trophy), and Audience Award (a prize plaque). [HWANG Miyojo]