NTT present at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2022

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NTT Corporation (“NTT”) has projected the “International conference to visualize our future brought about by technological innovation feat. IOWN” at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2022 (SSFF & Asia 2022), one of the largest international short film festivals in Asia recognized by the US Academy Awards. The conference featured a discussion between NTT, experts from various fields and international directors who won the Grand Prize at SSFF & Asia on a vision of the future influenced by technological innovation such as IOWN1.

After filmmakers around the world watched the screening, NTT issued a call for short films on the theme of our ideal lives created alongside science and technology innovation. From the entries we will create a short film that best captures the theme.

You can watch the conference on the official SSFF & Asia 2022 website.

NTT is working to realize an intelligent society based on IOWN, which is the next-generation communication platform. In November 2021, we founded the Natural Society Lab to communicate how technology incorporating IOWN will benefit society and enrich people’s lives. We also create short films to convey to as many people as possible our vision of a world where scientific and technological innovation will flourish alongside the ideal human life.

Among the experts and filmmakers who attended the conference were the executive producer of the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and Shinichiro Kumagaya, a professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo. The conference included discussions on the following four topics:

Part 1: What is the “Natural Society Lab”?

Part 2: Natural Society Lab & Daily Life – in the context of film and science

Part 3: The creators’ perspective on thought visualization

Part 4: Expressing the world made by IOWN


Akiko Kudo

Senior Vice President of NTT

Public Relations Manager

and Deputy Director of Commercial Strategy*


Junji Watanabe

NTT Communication Science Laboratories

Senior Emeritus Researcher

Shinichiro Kumagaya

Pediatrician and

Associate Professor at the Research Center

for advanced science and technology

Shuichi Fukatsu

Executive producer

for the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival

Kristof Deak


Genevieve Clay-Smith


The short films selected and produced within the framework of the competition will be released next year.

1 IOWN (Innovative Optical and Wireless Network)

A future communication platform using advanced optical technology and information processing technology to create an intelligent world.

Darcy J. Skinner