After careful review and consideration of nearly 800 submissions and 675 eligible films,
we are happy to announce the award winners.
As the competition closes
by Ryuichi Sakamoto
First of all, I want to say that I am deeply moved by the quantity and quality of the short films we received from all around the world. Imagining the sheer amount of time, effort, and passion that went into these works brings tears to my eyes. It was challenging beyond words to select just a few from all of these excellent submissions.
Initially, the quality and the technical achievements of so many of the entries impressed me. Combing through the videos, however, I eventually developed a guiding principle in order to evaluate the works: is the submission cinematic? Regardless of length, a short film is still a work of cinema. There is a difference between a cinematic short film and a high quality video simply set to music. On the other hand, regardless of quality or technical achievement, some submissions felt undeniably cinematic. Such works, I evaluated in a positive light. Of course, "cinematic" is a very subjective and personal feeling—it isn't universal. The only thing I can guarantee is that all of the things I felt were 100% genuine.
async is an incredibly fortunate album to have received so many films. I dedicate my deepest appreciation to all those who submitted to and participated in the competition. Thank you.