The 23rd ifva Awards – Open Category Finalist Showcase

Everyone has his or her own story. We have those marginalised, those oppressed, those aspiring for future, those flying high and diving deep for their own beliefs… But no matter how much you yearn for the outside world, you still need to face your inner self, with utmost honesty.

Ticketing information

* Programme 2 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.

Programme 1
9/3 (Fri) | 7:45pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema | DCP | 113’ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion | Moderator: Nose Chan
Life on the Line
Cheung Yin-kei Ashley
Col / 25’03″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

What happens when one who cannot face death, encounters the person that cannot face life? Cheung Nim is a phone operator at Suicide Prevention Hotline. One day, a suicidal call appears and the caller is the person responsible for her deepest fear. What would be her choice facing such dilemma?


Helen+Geller
Lam Chung-yin Bruno
Col / 13’09″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Helen, a hearing impaired girl, realises that people around her are giving up language, but uttering weird sounds instead. She and her friend Yuri, who shares the same impairment, discover a book titled Book of Helen Geller that teaches them the magic of hearing “real voices”. Then the magic goes out of control.


Horizon
Kong Ka-yiu Rony, Kwan Yan-nok, Tse Hei-long, Ho Xi-cei, Chow Yin-man, Lee Chung-yin
Col / 29’31″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Lee Chi-ho believes in the Flat Earth theory following an encounter with an old man. He debates with his son’s teacher about the Earth, and wants to prove that what his son and he believe in is true. Thus he decides to borrow the old man’s spaceship to fly up to the universe, and validate the Flat Earth theory.


Call Me Mrs Chan
Chan Hau-chun, Chui Chi-yin
Col / 15’53″ / In Hokkien with Chinese and English subtitles

Cleaner Mrs Chan works in a public housing estate to clear the garbage, 365 days a year except on the first day of the Chinese New Year. For the past ten years, her quiet dedication cleaning the building has brought her no respect, only back pain. She said people despised her job, but she carried on with it.


Liu Yang He
Jun Li
Col / 29’22″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Kah was a sent-down youth during the Cultural Revolution, and was permanently injured in an industrial accident. She was then married to Hong Kong and later became a sex worker. One day she meets this amputated client, whose family escaped from the revolution when he was young. They feel sympathy towards each other…

Programme 2
10/3 (Sat) | 7:45pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema | DCP | 114’ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion | Moderator: Nose Chan

* 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.

Monkey Business
Wong Hoi-yin, Suen Sui-hung, Wong Chung-yan, Wong Ka-man, Chan Hoi-yu
Col / 30’00″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Three young people in the contemporary society get a chance to become rich through an extraordinary experience. In their temporary shelter in an old apartment, they start a dangerous back-alley business. Under the neon light of the dark night, a zero-sum gamble is taking place…


Even Ants Strive For Survival
Ren Xia
B&W / 20’31″ / In Cantonese and Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

The Government introduces a law to replace citizens’ names with numbers. Ma Yi, who keeps ants as pets at home, suddenly gets arrested for no reason. He is released the next day, without knowing what offence he has committed. From that day onwards, his name is replaced by a number, and he himself has become as trivial as ants.


Sammy
Lee Wai-fung Jeff, Lau Chun-sing, To Ying
Col / 28’01″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Journalist Sammy once gave up reporting the truth, and that led to her good friend’s suicide. Years later, her quest for the truth puts other people in danger. Sammy therefore feels completely lost.


Piled Cloud
Wong Cheuk-man
Col / 25’53″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Ex-sailor Lam Dong has retired and lives alone in the city like an outsider. He sub-lets his apartment to Zheng Yang, a film student from Beijing. Since then, there seems to be a foreigner living in Dong’s apartment.


Deep Flight
Lo Lai-lai Natalie
Col / 9’40″ / No dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles

She became a Deep Flight in the natural environment, never saying no, delivering diverse kinds of matter and happening, including desires.


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