From Japan Today, 5/30/13:
The Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2013 will be held in Tokyo and Yokohama from May 31 until June 8.
The festival was founded by actor Tetsuya Bessho whose passion is to connect all the different cultures in the world through short films. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Short Shorts Film Festival.
More than 5,000 films from 120 countries will be screened. The competition section will feature 80 films from 37 countries. The festival has been officially accredited by the Academy Awards, with the Grand Prix winner eligible for nomination in the Short Film Category of the Academy Awards.
For more information: http://www.shortshorts.org/2013/index-en.php