It is always until crisis arrives that the sense of belonging for a city emerges in different forms, some are viciously cruel while others gentle and daily. While history always repeats itself, everything ends and begins in the summer of 2019 Hong Kong. Programme 1 showcases five short films, each a distinct portrayal of protest. There is nothing as nobody in this city, as everyone has their parts on this stage. Programme 2 is a showcase of all the struggles and craziness of motherhood, social media influencers, and first love. Well, that’s life after all.
There is nothing as nobody in this city, as everyone has their parts on this stage. Programme 2 is a showcase of all the struggles and craziness of motherhood, social media influencers, and first love. C’est la vie.
From the rules of the world, to everyday school life, everything has been in turmoil in the past year. It has never been so precious when one is able to just go to school and meet up with friends. Young creatives picked up their cameras to make visual records of such a critical time, not only did they reflect on themselves and how they perceive the world, they also put the different faces of justice into the spotlight.
There are emotions, scenarios and imaginations that can hardly be depicted only through moving images, which require animators’ specialties to turn them into tales. Ten groups of animators from Hong Kong and other Asian cities, together with their original characters, gather to tell ten different stories that are beyond cultural and language boundaries. Each piece is a distinct fantasy with utmost honesty.
In these ten short films from different parts of Asia, while the sites and scenes might be different, the one indispensable element is always human beings. The struggle of gender and identity, the fight between justice and law and order, and the difficulties of humanity and survival, are all challenges that both bring us hardship and hope. May we all stand and fight like comrades.
There are 15 shorts that are recommended by the jury. Each piece is a gem of one’s own, and will be shown in two screenings consecutively.
With all the bare miss in having screenings at cinemas last year, the 25th ifva Awards awarded shorts and animations would take their way back to the cinema. Time for enjoying the pleasure of cinema.
By participating in “All About Us", the creative media education programme for ethnic minority youths, these young people are trained on video production and have brought out the best from them in the past decade. Harmony is to conserve the culture of all. By spending time together, mutual understanding and respect could then be cultivated.
In celebrating the decade-journey of “All About Us”, teaching artist Ryan Chan has directed and co-produced the film The Poem of Pakistan with experienced members of the programme, depicting the struggle and experiences of local ethnic minority youths.
Ryan Chan won the 25th ifva Open Category Gold Award, the Best Screenplay of the 13th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival with his work Old Man and A Dog (2019), which has also been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the Golden Horse Award and Best Short Film at Taipei Film Awards. His other works include The Backpackers and Close to Heaven.
Joe Hsieh is adept at creating hand-drawn animation that explores the dark side of human nature with his signature thriller-suspense style. The screening will be showing two of Hsieh’s earlier works. Meat Days , awarded Special Mention at the 12th ifva Asian New Force Category, depicts a cannibalistic world where protagonist Ah-err barters sexual favours for her and her family’s survival; The Present , listed for competition a Sundance Film Festival, is a black romantic thriller when love turns into hate.
⚠Please note that the animations contain violence, adult elements and frightening scenes, which may be disturbing or offensive.
Joe Hsieh, Taiwanese animator.
His latest work Night Bus was awarded Best Animation Short Film at the 57th Golden Horse Awards.
ifva has always been suppor tive to Asian moving image creatives to express their enormous imagination through different genres of works. Jockey Club ifva Everywhere People Cinema will present two sessions of online screening of two Golden Horse winning directors,“Joe Hsieh’s Animation Selection＂and“John Hsu’s Short Film Selection＂, with both directors being ifva Asian New Force Category awardees respectively.
John Hsu’s works have proved his passion for video games in terms of narrative, style and art direction. Intoxicant , awarded the 15th ifva Asian New Force Gold Award, depicts the crush of trust among six internet forum users after a hacker threatened to destroy the forum; the 20th ifva Asian New Force category finalist title, The Great Escape from Café City , takes on a slightly sarcastic tone to respond to the “a little happiness” trend in the 2010s.
John Hsu, Taiwanese director.
His feature debut Detention was awarded five awards at the 56th Golden Horse Awards, including Best New Director and Best Adapted Script.