TV Programme

ifva independent shorts series

ifva partnered with Radio Television Hong Kong to present a series of nine episodes on Hong Kong and Asian independent films, which was broadcasted every Sunday at 8:00am from 12 August to 7 October 2012 on TVB Jade. As a cradle for creative talents in visual media art, ifva has been nurturing local filmmakers and media producers for years, such flagship programme initiated by the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1995 developed from a short film competition into a year-round project consisting 4 major areas: Awards, Festival, Cultivation and Engagement. Having these areas of developments hosting a wide range of activities, we aim to assist local creative talents, as well as to inspire every individual in the community to produce creative works.


This time, ifva presents a highly selective excellent works from the past years including short films, videos and animations. Besides seeing excerpted clips, you are introduced the creative concepts developed by the active creative talents who won ifva awards. Local refreshing film director Clement Cheng (Director and Screenwriter of ‘Merry-Go-Around’ and ‘Gallants’) will be the host to guide you to understand the works.

Episode 1 : Using video to reflect society
Many independent filmmakers make use of the medium to give voice to events and people around them. The first film in this episode is Decisive Moment, which uses the story of a frontline journalist to explore the issue of ethics in the media. The other work in the program, This Pair, truthfully records the life of the director’s grandmother in Guangzhou and her relationship with her family with stirring and poignant effect.

Decisive Moment –Special Mention of Open Category in the 16th ifva Awards
This Pair –Gold Award of Open Category in the 16th ifva Awards

Recap on RTHK website

Episode 2: Exploring life with video
Independent films often explore subject matters that mainstream cinema ignore. The two works in this episode delve into social issues with great insight. Young director Kwok Zune’s Homecoming deals with the topic of Filipino maids, and is a story about a woman who leaves her home to work in a foreign land. From the director of KJ, Cheung King Wai, comes a film suffused with social concern and a passion for the truth. Cheung spent months on research before making Crimson Jade, a short film that explores the life of a young drug addict.

Homecoming – Gold Award of Open Category in the 15th ifva Awards
Crimson Jade – Finalist Work of Open Category in the 16th ifva Awards

Recap on RTHK website

Episode 3: Nurturing new talents and expressing creativity
Four-time ifva award winner Jessey Tsang was awarded Best New Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards for her independent Feature, Big Blue Lake, which featured her trademark style of mixing reality and fiction. This episode features two works by Jessey Tsang. Stories is a collaboration between Tsang and pop singer Justin Lo. They visited various communities and individuals to probe the idea of love in the new century. The Life and Times of Ho Chung Village uses old photographs belonging to Ho Chung villagers to weave together a portrait of life in a small village by the river.

Stories – 15th ifva greenlab project – Justin Lo Music Album Shorts “Love/Nothing to hide”
The Life and Times of Ho Chung Village – Special Mention of Open Category in the 15th ifva Awards

Recap on RTHK website

Episode 4: Creating new opportunities for new artists
ifva has always supported local artists in exploring new creative opportunities by collaborating with commercial enterprises. Heiward Mak, a scriptwriter-director who has been very much in demand of late, had established working relationships with record companies and convenience stores through ifva. This episode features two works, dream about and Eleven to Seven, that came out of those collaborations. What kind of chemical reactions would come from combining Justin’s personal emotional experiences with Heiward Mak’s vision? And for ordinary people like he and she, what would happen to them in a 24-hour service convenience store?

dream about – 15th ifva greenlab project – Justin Lo Music Album shorts “Love/Nothing to hide”
Eleven to Seven – 16th ifva greenlab project – ifva X 7-eleven @ community

Recap on RTHK website

Episode 5: Hong Kong Animations
Hong Kong also has independent animation! This episode features Zcratch, an independent multi-media creative team formed by Tsui Ka Hei, Tsui Ka Long, Chan Siu Chung and others, whose works often reflect social reality. Newcomer Ho Ka Ho’s Puff the Magic Dragon, which Tsui executive produced, had also won numerous international awards. Another noteworthy local production group is postgal workshop. The other work in this episode is Mum is Born, directed by postgal’s founding member John Chan, which deals with the theme of family in a heart-warming way.

Taste the Life – the 16th ifva greenlab project – ifva X 7-Eleven @ community
Puff the Magic Dragon – Silver Award of Animation Category in the 16th ifva Awards
Mum is Born –Gold Award of Animation Category in the 11th ifva Awards

Recap on RTHK website

Episode 6: Post-80s and Post-90s view of the world
How do the post-80s and post-90s generation view this world? This episode features young independent director Siuyea Lo’s 21 years after., a story that serves as a cry of protest to society. The post-90s directors of Paper/plane and White Box use simple stories with strong visuals to declare their points of view of this world.

21 years after. – Silver Award of Open Category in the 16th ifva Awards
Paper/plane – Gold Award of Youth Category in the 16th ifva Awards
White Box – Finalist Work of Youth Category in the 16th ifva Awards

Recap on RTHK website

Episode 7: Taiwanese Tales (1)
Asia is filled with independent filmmakers, and Taiwanese directors are a force to be reckoned with in the indie scene. This episode introduces a young new-comer, Shuu Han Chang, whose Intoxicant uses the story of a hacker attack on PTT, a well-known Taiwanese BBS, to explore how the issues of “identity”, “name”, “trust” and “reality” had become blurred in the realm of the Internet.

Intoxicant – Grand Prize of Asian New Force Category in the 15th ifva Awards

Recap on RTHK website

Episode 8: Taiwanese Tales (2)
Taiwanese filmmakers are not only good at producing teen romances, but produce plenty of humanistic documentaries and animations as well. Hou Ji Ran’s My 747 showcases Taiwan’s unique obsession with motorcycles. Shen Ke Shang’s Fading records the relocation of a village for military families, while Wu De Shen’s A Piece of Cake uses elements like the Taiwanese Hokkien and traditional Taiwan puppet show to create a story about tradition and familial ties. Ji Bo Zhou’s animation The Drawer of Memory also showcases the inestimable creativity of Taiwanese filmmakers.

My 747 – Grand Prize of Asian New Force Category in the 11th ifva Awards
Fading – Special Mention of Asian New Force Category in the 14th ifva Awards
A Piece of Cake –Special Mention of Asian New Force Category in the 15th ifva Awards
The Drawer of Memory – Finalist Work of Asian New Force Category in the 12th ifva Awards

Recap on RTHK website

Episode 9: Real-life Story
Real-life stories are sometimes more powerful than fiction, that is why many creators’ work are inspired by real-life stories. This episode features two works – the secret taste by Adam Wong and Meeting of the Half Moons by Ng Ho Yin. the secret taste is adapted from a story of the success of a Hong Kong Barista, while Meeting of the Half Moon is adapted from an incident where a man died on the doorstep of a local hospital. Meeting of the Half Moons was also nominated for the 48th Taipei Golden Horse Best Short Film. Check out how the two directors turn real-life stories into attractive movies!

the secret taste – 17th ifva greenlab project – Employee Retraining Board 20th Anniversary Commissioning Project
Meeting of the Half Moons – Gold Award of Open Category in the 17th ifva Awards

Recap on RTHK website


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