The 23rd ifva Awards – Animation Category Finalist Showcase

For the first time the Animation Category of the ifva Awards accepts entries from all over Asia, resulting in an unprecedented diversity: from imaginative fictions to real-life stories about family and society, from abstract to concrete, from ancient setting to modern context… All different contents and forms offer an animated world that blends the real and the imagined.

Finalist Showcase: 17/3 (Sat) | 2pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema | DCP | 69’ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion

* This programme is classified as Category III, refunds will be made to ticket holders under 18 years old from the day of announcement till 31 March 2018 at the box office of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Ticketing information

Passing Rain
Yeung Hey-chiu
Hong Kong / Col / 6′ 05” / No dialogue and subtitles

After a small turn of fate, a girl studying in the covered playground started to pay attention to a boy. After a sudden shower of rain, they started to get closer.

Pan Sz-yu
Taiwan / Col / 6′ 07″ / No dialogue and subtitles

Neon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas, but when injected into glass tubes and connected to an electric current, it lights up into a reddish-orange neon light. When it was first discovered, scientists found the gas novel and dazzling, so they named it “neon”, which means “new”. We use neon as a concept to convey romantic love.

The Giant with a House
Chan Sin-hong
Hong Kong / Col / 10′ 10” / No dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles

This is a story about a giant carrying a big house and travelling with a little girl. In this world of fantasy, what is true may be false, and what is false may be true. The simple fairy tale is everything but simple.

Losing Sight of a Longed Place
Wong Tsz-ying, Shek Ka-chun, Wong Chun-long
Hong Kong / Col / 7′ 45″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

This film depicts a young homosexual who fights for his rights and that of people around him, but the barrier between himself and his father and the lack of progress in society put him in a state of confusion and self-reflection.

Wu Chung-yi
Taiwan / Col / 4′ 33″ / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

This is a story about a young man, an island, a message, a past experience and a sea.

Cross Blade Kill
Mak Siu-fung
Hong Kong / Col / 6′ 00″ / In English with English subtitles

He kills not for money, but that he enjoys killing, or perhaps he is trying to get justice for his master. This time, his job is to kill a plot maker. The reason is not important; what’s important is that he wants to tell the plot maker, “The bullet you fired will eventually come back to hit you on the head.”

Wind Fire Lam Chung
Mok Yiu-wa Buck
Hong Kong / Col / 6′ 58” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

This work is taken from the “Wild Boar Forest” chapter in the old Chinese novel The Water Margin. The Emperor neglected his duties and society was in decadence. Lam Chung is falsely accused by a local thug and his good friend, and has nowhere to turn. If you were Lam, an ordinary bureaucrat who goes through trials by wind, fire and snow, will your fate be any different?

Lee Pak-yee Aggie
Hong Kong / Col / 4′ 09″/ No dialogue and subtitles

In a museum, we should behave well, from outer to inner, from shallow to its deepest, seriously and sincerely.

Huang Yuanyuan
China / Col / 4′ 01″ / No dialogue and subtitles

We usually forget reincarnation is merely illusions, similar to those we see on television. We sometimes get lost in the dramatic big waves and drift along the water flow. When we have had enough, and are determined to practise a clear mind, we will realise that those affecting us are simply tricks. All looping arguments, comfort and pain are just a scenery.

Stories About Him
Yang Yung-shiuan
Taiwan / Col / 12′ 46″ / In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles

One day I asked my aunts and uncles about my grandpa while they were playing mahjong. What does he look like? Where did he come from? How was his childhood? What had he been through? The stories they told me are too difficult to imagine. Are those all real? Who is he?

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