Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) collaborates with Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia to present a special short film titled Neo Portraits which premiered on May 10th on the SSFF & ASIA YouTube channel. The aim of the film is to create a balance between scientific and technological advancements and the humane life we all deserve. The conference featured a panel of experts from various fields who discussed how to realize a coexistence between the development of science and technology and the ideal of a humane life as visual images.
The short film tells a story of rural Japan in the near future, where cutting-edge technology and things that haven’t changed coexist in a depopulated town. Eighth-grade student Takumi feels strange that the adults in his town treat the android made in his mother’s image as real. However, only his homeroom teacher, Hana, was different from the other adults. The draft What a Wonderful World, written by Qurata Kenji, was selected and made into the short film, Neo Portraits, directed, written, and edited by GAZEBO.
The film has received excellent reviews from director Koji Fukada, who said: Neo Portraits, which gives us a vivid glimpse of life in the future through simple ideas, also gives a gentle push, though our hands are confused and tremble with anxiety. It seemed to me that the trembling is the essence of this form of expression.” The film is a must-see for anyone interested in the future of science, art, and humanity.
In conclusion, NTT’s collaboration with Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia to create Neo Portraits is a step towards finding a balance between scientific and technological innovation and the ideal of a humane life. The short film is an excellent visual representation of attaining this balance. The film is now available for viewing on the SSFF & ASIA YouTube channel, and we urge everyone to watch it.