ifva Young Filmmakers 2015

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Presented by the ifva, Hong Kong Arts Centre, supported by WYNG Masters Award. With the topic of IDENTITY, the project aims to inspire teenagers to express themselves, share their powerful ideas and viewpoints through moving images.

This year’s topic is “Identity”. Identity is how a person sees him/herself in relation to those around him/her and can be comprised of many chosen and unchosen, visible and invisible traits and social roles. By using moving images it gives young people an opportunity to have their voices heard and to share their powerful ideas and viewpoints. The series of workshop equips the young filmmakers with fundamental filmmaking skills as well as the knowledge and awareness on the topic Identity and its influence in the self and the society. With further screenings and discussions, we hope to encourage mutual understanding and increase respect and tolerance for diversity.

Project Details:

All participating school students, school representatives and teaching artists will participate together on Kick-off Day, we will carry out different activities, film appreciation at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, and have more understanding and learning about the topic “identity”. From October to December, students will learn from creative inspiration and concept development, hands-on technical workshops, studio-based production and guest sharing, they will be expected to think critically as well as to express creatively. They will work closely with teaching artists to produce a creative video during October to December.

Participating Schools (In Alphabetical Order):

  • Hong Kong Taoist Association The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary School
  • Man Kiu College
  • Notre Dame College
  • Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College
  • Queen Elizabeth School Old Students’ Association Secondary School


1. Kick-off Day

Date: 10 Oct 2015 (Sat)
Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm

To start off the day, Cheung Chi Wai (Curator – Concept & Photography) and Ida Kwong (Curator and Writer) shared their conceptual photography project ID Exchange in relationship to this year’s topic IDENTITY. Students were encouraged to participate in clothes exchange with fellow schoolmates to explore the possibility of identity exchange. South Asian actor Peter Chan was invited to talk about his own story as an ethnic minority living in Hong Kong. We also had our teaching artist Wong Yee Mei showing her award-winning short documentary film, This Pair and leading in to a fruitful discussion with participating students and teachers. Lastly, moderator and speaker Gary Tang rounded up the day with his reflective sharing on identity.

2. Workshops and production

Date: October to December 2015 (date and time of the workshop will be discussed with the school for a period of six)
Venue: School
Content: Automatic Writing, Mind-mapping, Creative Expression, Script-writing, Shooting Angle Viewing, Editing, and Special Effects, etc

Concept Development

Film Production

3. ifva Young Filmmakers 2015/16: Identity Student Creative Film Showcase

Date: 28 Feb 2016 (Sun)

Time: 2:30pm

Venue: agnès b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Five creative works with the theme of Identity were screened, followed by an after-screening discussion. The participating students and teaching artists shared their feelings of the production with the audience during the discussion.

I Am Different!

Hong Kong Taoist Association The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary School / Teaching Artist: Lai Yan-chi Mo

Abdul Naveed, Saad Mahmood, Namrah Yasmeen, Iqra Iqbal, Shehzadi Kanwal, Amanpreet-Kaur, Bibi Tehmina, Bibi Samina, Kwan Chin-chak, Chen Qiyao, Chan Wing-hin

2015 / Col / In Cantonese and English with Chinese and

English subtitles

The story is about the problems local and foreign students face when they are in the process of understanding each other. The ethnic minorities in the movie are mainly Muslims and so it enables the public to know more about the lifestyle of a Muslim.

The movie hopes to strengthen the understanding and respect between both locals and minorities. If you want to know more about the culture of Islam, don’t miss this film.


Notre Dame College / Teaching Artist: Wong Yee-mei

Li Tin-chi, Tang Kwan-ching, Wong Man-mong, Yan Ka-chun, Zheng Feng, Chan Lan-fung, Cheung Wa-kwong, Man Kin-kwan, Claudia Cheung, Mak Hon-pan

2015 / Col / In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles

The main character Ben Lee was born with disabilities. Abused by his parents and boycotted by his classmates, he does not live an easy life. An accidental monster invasion leads him to discover his own super power. He turns from an unremarkable boy to become a popular and hot icon. In the final battle against the monster, Ben is losing the fight and he chooses to sacrifice himself and to die with the monster. At the moment Ben hitting the ground, the world changes. What is “reality”? You will never know.

我係學生定阿 sir?

Man Kiu College / Teaching Artist: Judy Chu

Mok Sum-yee Cina, Chan Lok-yin Issac, Yang Ka-wing Matthew, Ng Ki-lung Jacky, Li Siu-kit Desmond, Ng Chak-wai Brian, Chow King-ho Andy, Lee Wa-hei Ken, Yung Kum-shing, Wong Sze-long Marco

2015 / Col / In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles

Ka Ming is a high school student who is fascinated by football. His poor

academic performance always triggers conflicts between him and his class

teacher Mr. Chan. Their identity is swapped after a big fight, which gives them

both a chance to reflect on their roles.


Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College / Teaching Artist: Kenji Wong

So Chi-lok, Lai Pak-lik, Ng Yuk-tsang

2015 / Col / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

“From the moment we entered the abandoned space, everything is unknown.” Urbex – the abbreviation of Urban Exploration. There’re abandoned sites in every city, such as airports, hospitals and houses. Those places are abandoned for economical, historical, political reasons and thus have lost the initial functions. Only shadows on the wall and traces of life are remained. This film is created by three Urbexers. Through interviews with other Urbexers, they try to rethink on Urbexers’ explorations in those forgotten and abandoned buildings.

Queen Elizabeth School Old Students’ Association Secondary School / Teaching Artist: Joseph Wu

Wu Hiu-ching, Choy Yee-ting, Chan Yik-si, Chan Wai-ying, Fok Ho-pan, Sung Tsz-ching, Lee On-ki, Ng Pui-sze, Wong Kwun-yin, Cheung Hui-yi

2015 / Col / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Being a musicmania, Chung-lok devotes most of her time into viola. Lacking social interactive skills, she is isolated and discriminated by her classmates. One day, by sheer serendipity, she is given the chance to turn the clock back and rewrite everything. Music or friends, what would be her choice?

Participating Teaching Artists (In Alphabetical Order):

Judy Chu

2005 graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts BFA (Hons) in Drama, majoring in performance/Acting. Short film Healthy.Not? was selected into 20th ifva Awards – Open Category and 19th Toronto Reel Asia Film Festival. Public performance has more than 400 shows. Adapted the theatre play I Sell Love into movie script. The film I Sell Love won the “Best Film-Jury Award” in Indian Cine Film Festival 2014. It has also been selected into Hong Kong Asia Film Festival and various international film festivals. New Script Farewell the Good Old Days has been selected into 2014 Taipei Golden Horse Film Project Promotion and won Moneff Award.

Joseph Wu

Graduate of City University of Hong Kong School of Creative Media, Wu Hong-lun, Joseph is a video-artist and experienced director, writer and teacher in his field.

His first short 5 minutes, which was selected to the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival – The Devil’s Playground, and the New Taipei Film Festival – International Student Film Golden Lion Awards, is one of the best student films of 2009. His second, The Waterside, was a selected short of 2010 Hong Kong Independent film festival, and a committee recommendation short of the 16th ifva Awards. Afterwards, he made his third Shabnum, the dew, for the Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival 2011. Now he’s running his own studio Ballab that focuses on TV commercial and corporate video production.

Kenji Wong

WONG Wai Kin (b.1987) is an artist received his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong and Master of Cultural Studies from Lingnan University. He uses videos, photographs, performances and installations, to depict time passing though the object as well as the memory it leaves in the mind. Most of his performances response to social issues, such as Exercises in violence (2015). His works have been exhibited in New York, Taipei, Macau and Hong Kong. Wong is currently a video and photo journalist at a news organisation, Stand News.

Lai Yan-chi Mo

Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection awardee, Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Award for Young Artist (Film), Chang Kuo-sin Award for Aspiring Young Communicators, the Hong Kong Spirit Ambassador, Hong Kong City Lady Award.She is a multimedia performer and has been involved in theater from her university days. She has served as actress, playwright, producer, and director, frequently within the context of her work with the independent theatre company, FM Theatre Power. Lai also has several solo theatrical performances (e.g. her play Women in Red, which ran at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in 2014) to her credit. Her theatrical work has won Lai many critical accolades, as well as leading to numerous opportunities for cultural exchanges abroad. She was also appointed by West Kowloon District Authority and Hong Kong Arts Development Council to conduct research on performance in public spaces in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and London.

Lai’s most recent works are the short 1 + 1 (2010) and the follow-up feature N + N as a response to the Hong Kong government’s decision to evict Choi Yuen Village in order to allow for the development of the Hong Kong Express Rail Link. The film focuses on the relationship between a young girl and her grandfather, and the effect that the eviction of Choi Yuen village has on their lives. It played at the Broadway Cinematheque for over six months, and was a critical and popular success that led to the feature N + N – an extension and elaboration on the short’s narrative. N + N played at the Broadway Cinematheque for nearly one year, was entered into almost 30 international film festivals and won ten grand international awards.

Wong Yee Mei

Graduated from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, 2010. She studied Cinematic Arts and was passionate in film making. Her short documentary film, This Pair, won the Gold Award in 16th ifva Awards – Open Category and was screened in different film festivals. She is doing script writings recently and hopes to shoot them one by one.