1 JUNE 2021
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – After a brief hiatus in 2020, EuroAsia Shorts (EAS) returns this 2021 with a new online streaming format and more incredible short films from Asia, Europe, and the United States, presented by embassies and cultural centers based in Washington, D.C. These are free and available to viewers across the United States, June 4 – 18. Join an international cinematic dialogue that is uniquely Washingtonian as we celebrate 15 years of EAS in 2021!
EuroAsia Shorts 2021 will have six programs tied together by the festival theme, Together in Dreams, and includes post-film discussions and special video messages from the directors.. Humanity is united by our need for social connection—to be and stay together. And yet, amid a global pandemic, traditional togetherness has become a mere dream shared by millions around the world. Many of our aspirations—of achievements great and small, a better world, and connecting with people and places we love—have been put on hold, but still burn brightly in our hearts. This year’s EuroAsia Shorts seeks to rekindle hope by exploring dual aspects of our lives that are now intertwined: our need for connection and our dreams for the future.
As in 2019, when the festival expanded to represent 11 countries, EAS features five pairing programs, available for streaming simultaneously during the festival’s first week, June 4-11. Each pairing program showcases an hour of films from two countries – one Asian and one European – followed by a wide-ranging discussion with guest speakers from culture and film. The sixth, final EAS program, as always, features one film from every represented country, including the United States, and a final discussion of the overall festival and theme. All films are presented with original audio and English subtitles (as needed).
Celebrating its 15th year, EuroAsia Shorts (originally the Asian-European Short Film Showcase) remains a collaboration between a small group of Washington, D.C. embassies and cultural centers. Since 2006, the festival has presented more than 280 short films, including many award-winning shorts making their U.S. debut. Each year a broad variety of films and styles are presented, connected by a single theme. The festival expanded from 9 to 11 partner organizations in 2019, representing an equal number of countries.
All EAS 2021 programs are free to view and require advance registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/euroasia-shorts-33381144707. All programs are limited to viewing in the United States and ticket quantities are limited. Please note that when you RSVP for a program, you will receive a confirmation email but you will not receive the link to the screening website and the discount code until the day the screening period starts. ###