The 23rd ifva Awards – Jury Recommendation

There are 19 shorts that are recommended by the jury, with every one of them being a unique piece of gem. The three free admission programmes include the followings: Programme 1 is a depiction of our everyday life; Programme 2 is the different representations of the crazy world; and Programme 3 is a journey from the most personal scenario to a national level incident.

Programme 1
3/3 (Sat) | 2:30pm | Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum | HD | 69’ | Free Admission
Hero Daddy
Fung Yiu-tung
Hong Kong / Col / 11′ 51″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Ka-lok lives with his father who works as a truck driver. They stay in a tiny sub-divided compartment and could only afford lunch boxes. Now the landlady wants to kick them out by increasing the rent. Ka-lok’s dad decides to “secretly move” the house.

Animation Category / Recommended by Tamás Waliczky and Victor Wong


I am…?
Lau Tsz-ching Rachel
Hong Kong / Col / 1′ 00″ / No dialogue and subtitles

In one minute, we could peep through the creator’s daily life. Her social roles and identities are reflected through her and others’ eyes in the various clips, leading to a reflection on youngsters’ own identity crisis.

Youth Category / Recommended by 6@RubberBand


Black To School
Tung Siu-wai, Chung Ka-hei, Yu Pui-nok, Lui Nok, Ng Ping, Lam Ka-shing, Ho Chin-cheung
Hong Kong / Col / 26′ 42″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

When more and more youngsters commit suicide, the Education Bureau has formulated the “stress resistant index” to assess students’ resilient ability. A girl scores low in this test, and thus receives a series of special treatment and counselling before taking another test. Will she pass in the end?

Open Category / Recommended by Adrian Chow


Glacier
Lo Lai-lai Natalie
Hong Kong / Col / 17′ 07″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Glaciers continue to melt and run into crystal clear rivers. Glaciers can also be magically transformed into a kind of comfort food, an edible glacier, which consoles those who are angry or depressed. No wonder people are obsessed with it. Where is the utopia? Or if there is one?

Open Category / Recommended by Adrian Chow


Yes Man
Pun Cheuk-fung
Hong Kong / Col / 1′ 00″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Our protagonist is participating in a shooting at school. Since another schoolmate’s father is the school principal, he could only take up a supporting role, to be beaten up by the leading actor, as well as other tasks against his will. Even if he complains to the director, nothing would change.

Youth Category / Recommended by 6@RubberBand


The Gift
Kohei Kajisa
Japan / Col / 5′ 10″ / No dialogue and subtitles

Upset by her parent’s fighting, sprightly little Sara makes dolls for her parents’ anniversary. She is holding out hope that they’ll make up when they see her gift, but she finds herself in a mysterious world. The adventure of Sara is about to begin!

Animation Category / Recommended by Tamás Waliczky and Wong Ying


Wall
Chang Su-hwa
Taiwan / Col / 4′ 38″ / No dialogue and subtitles

From a wall one experiences the passage of time, narrates happenings and the changes through time, and feels grateful along the way to fight for freedom. The wall serves as a metaphor for people, fragile yet tough, which echoes with the characteristics of human beings.

Animation Category / Recommended by Wong Ying and Victor Wong

Programme 2
3/3 (Sat) | 4:30pm | Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum | HD | 85’ | Free Admission
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Where are you, my dear?
Carmen Wan, Li Ka-wing, Chan Yi-on, Yip Tak-hung, Ng Man-ni, Chan Yiu-hei
Hong Kong / Col / 22′ 51″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

A typhoon afternoon, a corpse in the funeral house suddenly comes back to life while waiting for its turn for funeral. It turns into a zombie which only moves forward unconsciously. Could this be a mere drama or is there any hidden agenda?

Open Category / Recommended by Chan Hing-kai


Discoverers
Yoshimasa Higashi
Japan / Col / 8′ 30″ / In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles

Harry found a mysterious power but got kidnapped by a monster. To rescue Harry, his assistant Steve and his brother Kyle go to a secret area in Egypt where Nazi ghosts are still driving the tank. Kyle and Steve blast the tank and enter the pyramid of the monster…

Asian New Force Category / Recommended by Patrick Suen


Popsicle
Yang Tzu-hsin
Taiwan / Col / 5′ 21″ / In Mandarin with English subtitles

Sister and brother struggle to deal with the loss of their mother after a stressful funeral. As they try to piece their lives back together, flashbacks of a street vendor treat emerge from a distant childhood memory…

Animation Category / Recommended by Tamás Waliczky and Victor Wong


Sisyphus
Choi Chun-hei Jacky
Hong Kong / B&W / 17′ 55″ / In English with Chinese and English subtitles

A stranger who sees his homeland away is tricked by destiny. He holds Sisyphus’ huge rock on his shoulder to face all absurdity in life.

Youth Category / Recommended by 6@RubberBand, Andrew Choi and Tsang Tsui-shan


Departure
Kongkee
Hong Kong / Col / 8′ 00″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

A co-creation by Kongkee, Weigo Lee and Tsui Ka-hei. This is a sci-fi set in the 60s Hong Kong with a fictional history and a rewritten future. Illustrated with mesmerising colours, a robot is in search of the secrets of souls.

Animation Category / Recommended by Wong Ying and Victor Wong


Morning
Tsang Yuk-hei
Hong Kong / Col / 25′ 59″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Red flowers falling, monologues fading, memories overlapping. In a mindless state, narrative becomes unnecessary. Mindless is like a dream, just as Zhuangzi says, “The stupid think they are awake, confidently knowing it.” Every shot and every frame is dreamy as the glittering moon, far yet close. Poetic begins with mindlessness.

Open Category / Recommended by Chan Hing-kai and Mary Wong

Programme 3
3/3 (Sat) | 7:30pm | Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum | HD | 78’ | Free Admission
Ghost
morph workshop
Hong Kong / Col / 6′ 50″ / No dialogue and subtitles

This is a story about the daily routine of a man, who feels sick to be a part of the city. All he wants is to get back home.

Animation Category / Recommended by Tamás Waliczky and Victor Wong


Go Nuts
Yang Kai-yun
Taiwan / Col / 5′ 49″/ In Mandarin with English subtitles
Go Nuts uses “nuts glove for men” to mock the fact that female is being restricted by social stereotypes in the patriarchic world.

Animation Category / Recommended by Tamás Waliczky and Victor Wong


Light in the Shadows
Cheng Ching-yi, Sia Nga-ting
Hong Kong / Col / 15′ 02″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Four least-motivated and anti-social secondary school students follow a secret invitation to the rural. A young man whom they have never met before knows a lot about them. Things are getting weird. Could this be a kidnapping case or something else is going on?

Youth Category / Recommended by Andrew Choi


Glimmer of Hope
Lam King-chun
Hong Kong / Col / 20′ 07″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

In 2017, a chemical accident leads to a poisonous gas disaster. A pair of brothers follow other survivors to a pre-war air-raid shelter. The enclosed environment stimulates the younger brother’s claustrophobia, which leads to a tragedy. Other survivors see him as a threat and go separate ways when they come to a junction.

Open Category / Recommended by Mary Wong


Keep Rolling
Yeh Chia-chen
Taiwan / Col / 10′ 55″ / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

Two actors in conversation. A student crew shooting “two actors in conversation”. A crew shooting “a student crew shooting two actors in conversation”. Two kids who break the rules of the rules of the rules…

Asian New Force Category / Recommended by Vincent Chui


The President’s Visit
Cyril Aris
Lebanon / 19′ 06″ / In Arabic with English subtitles

When a small coastal town of fishermen learns about the secret visit of the President of the Republic to its local soap shop, they embark on an everlasting struggle in cleaning up and maintaining the perfect image of their town.

Asian New Force Category / Recommended by Ying Liang


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