The 23rd ifva Awards – Award Winning Titles

Open Category
Gold Award

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.

Silver Award

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.

Special Mention

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.

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…

Youth Category
Gold Award

Tiffany Ng
Col / 6′ 05″ / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Mom is a film about distance and broken relationships. Through documenting a series of unanswered voice messages and misdialled phone calls among a mother, a grandmother, and a young girl, Mom shines light on the working class family.

Silver Award

Yiu King-hei
Col / 18′ 27″ / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles

Markings on the test paper, red traffic light on the road, burning flame, warm blood, red flag… this is a story about “red”.

Special Mention

Hokkien Dialect
O Lam-lam
Col / 4′ 12″ / In Cantonese and Minnan with Chinese subtitles

This is about the contradicting and delicate relationship between my dad and I.

An Exam Result Decides My Fate?
Tsang Kin-wong
Col / 1′ 00″ / No dialogue and subtitles

When youth’s values are determined by their academic results, the failing ones are doomed. Young souls are lost while public no longer cares. Soulless eyes, grainy world, pale crowds remain disturbing imagination for most of the people; this, however, is the reality for youngsters who suffer from emotional illness.

The Number You Have Tried to Reach is Now Busy
Lam Cheuk-him
Col / 10′ 13″ / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles

Living in this city, how many ridiculous happenings pop up because we are too busy to think twice? What are the deeds that we have done without a second thought? And who and what are the important people and things that we have missed all along?

Youth Enthusiastic Award

HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity

Animation Category
Gold Award

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.

Silver Award

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.

Special Mention

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?

Excellence Award

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.

Media Art Category

Gold Award

hardworking circuit #1.3
Wong Chun-hoi / Hong Kong

hardworking circuit #1.3 is a realisation of a schema of monotonous, repetitive circuit, using as many units of relay switch as possible to bridge up the sequential extension of cables, merely for the purpose of electricity connection.

Silver Award

Apart and/or Together
Teppei Yamada / Japan

The artist collects heartbeat from ten people, and attaches threads to the speakers to represent different rhythms. But they sound in unison in the exhibition space. The phenomenon is similar to today’s society. We try to have sympathy towards others, but also want to establish identities through our differences. We may desire, contradictorily, “apart” and “together” at the same time.

Special Mention

Wong Chi-chuen / Hong Kong

The noise of the spinning propeller, which drives the rotation movement, amplifies the uneasiness, tension and fragility of the human depiction. An LED TV is disassembled, modified and backlit by a custom circular light to become semi-transparent to display a stabilised video of a woman taken from overhead. Undermine contrasts and balances a disturbing kinetic movement with the slow pace of a natural body movement.

Excellence Award

Victoria East
Law Yuk-mui / Hong Kong

Victoria East is a multi-channel video installation. Through four perspectives: mountain, sea, coast and wind, the artwork retraces the urban development of Tseung Kwan O under British colonial rule and urban planning policy in a century’s time.

Asian New Force Category

Gold Award

Feyrouz Serhal
Lebanon / Col / 26′ 00″ / In Arabic with English subtitles

The soccer World Cup kicks off today and the people of Beirut are eager for the long-awaited event.
While life moves on normally in such a day, the signal of the first match seems to be disrupted by strange audio waves. The frustration in the air builds up giving way to a bigger live event.

Silver Award

One More Experiment
Sergey Vlasov
Russia / Col / 15′ 52″ / In English and Russian with English subtitles

In the near future all actors have become computer generated characters and human actors are unemployed. This is a story of an aging actor who has come to the small booth where the computer directs his monologue reading. This is the only place he can act.

Special Mention

Death of the Sound Man
Sorayos Prapapan
Thailand / Col / 16′ 00″ / In Thai with English subtitles

Voice of the people are often neglected, same as sound in film that audience don’t care. Two sound recordists are working on final mix of a short film. Will their sound be heard by someone?

Gray Umbrella
Mohammad Poustindouz
Iran / Col / 8’ 32” / In Persian with English subtitles

Mr. Maleki has a permanent habit. Until a man with an umbrella enters his life.