To mark the occasion of its 15th anniversary, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) organised the Asia-Europe Short Films Contest, inviting young filmmakers, film enthusiasts and students from 46 ASEM countries to express their ideas of Asia-Europe relations through a short, up-to-3 minute long film of any format. Below are the films from two of the five winners.
Italian national Lorenzo Ciani began directing films two years ago and has since made short videos for his YouTube channel: GHH PRODUCTION. At about that time, Ciani lived for a period in Japan and learning about a new culture and way of life changed his perceptions. In his view, although the regions are very different, they are both interdependent and there is an aspect of fasciation between the two.
The theme of food was immediately evident for Ciani as a topic for this short film due to his experience working in restaurants where he met people from around the world who visited Florence for Italian cuisine. This was also his inspiration behind selecting ‘food’ as the theme of his film. The documentary interviews Matteo Bini and Toshifumi Mitsubiki.