The 21th ifva Awards
Open Category Finalist Showcase
From political reality, gender identity, education system to gourmet and everyday life, Hongkongers are still striving to get hold of their own destiny. Ten young film talents, with their cameras in hand, each telling a Hong Kong story of one's style.
Finalist Showcase Programme 1: 27/2 (Sat) | 2pm | agnès b. CINEMA | DCP | 119′ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion
Being Rain: Representation and Will
Chan Tze-woon
Col / 26' 06"/ In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Social movements have become an everyday occurrence that draw the attention of some documentary filmmakers. They suspect a secret organisation has been controlling the weather to discourage citizens in participating in large-scale demonstrations. Prior to the umbrella movement, we pick up our cameras.
A Mother Lover
Yeung Ho-yan Terry
Col / 9' 43"/ In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A young man who just started his career feels empty and lonely at work and at home. One day he comes across his neighbour, a woman in her thirties, on whom he surprisingly found warmth and passion.
The Food Fascists
Yip Man-hay
Col / 30' 00"/ In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Legendary chef Mo Yik-tin is notorious for turning animals into spectacular dishes – taste always rules over lives under the butcher’s knife. Mo’s perseverance on creating culinary dishes is respectful at the same time fearful, and that gives him the title “Food Fascist”.
Leave Them High And Dry
Wong Fei-pang
Col / 30' 00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Inclusive education meant to cater for students with special education needs (SEN). But the education system itself is bullying SEN students. New teacher Mr. Chan, assigned to take care of SEN students, has doubts on the system but never speaks up. Not until the outbreak of bullying on campus that he realises how evil the system is.
Kwok Zune
B&W / 23' 00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
On the celebration for Labour Day on 1 May, a blood-shed terrorist attack is to be staged.
Finalist Showcase Programme 2: 27/2 (Sat) | 7pm | agnès b. CINEMA | DCP | 125′ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion
Midnight in Mong Kok - A Documentary
Lam Tze-wing Nora
Col / 19' 45" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Mong Kok is often associated with “grassroots” and “gangsters”. During the Umbrella Revolution, traditional media only focused on Admiralty, where students and pan-democrats took the lead, and defamed Mong Kok as violent and dangerous. This documentary records the people, scenario and happenings in this occupied zone.
Cheung Ho-lam
Col / 25' 30" / In Cantonese and Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles
Arisa, a female A.I. programmed by Yosuke, was actualised accidentally. Arisa knows that Yosuke turns into a coward when facing Yuki, the classmate he fancies, so she makes plans for him. Arisa is infected with computer virus and Yosuke fails to recover, so he decides to accomplish his love battle with his own hand.
The Sea Within
Wong Wai-nap
Col / 30' 00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A fishermen couple having lived from boat to shore for most of their lives, and each with a view of one’s own. With the declining local fishing industry, the two struggles between reality and ideal. This is a story of my family, best enacted by my parents.
Everything’s Gonna Be OK
Chan Cheong-wai Marcus
Col / 23' 13" / In English with English subtitles
Mike is determined to become a pupil of the legendary Puppet Master and win over the girl of his dreams. Will his dream come true? Does he really need all these things? Or does he just want somebody to tell him “everything's gonna be OK”?
From Beavis (M) to Beatrice (F)(Oct 2015 Edit)
Wong Suet-ling Beatrice
Col / 26' 26" / In Cantonese and English with English subtitles
My personal transgender documentary, from my coming out to my surgery, from male to female.
The 21st ifva Awards
Youth Category Finalist Showcase
Young souls yearn for freedom. They struggle with their relationships, their lives, and their dreams, accompanied with the harsh reality. Through moving images, these youngsters respond to the happenings around them. Their utmost honesty brings adults back to the time when they were the same as them, young and beautiful.
Finalist Showcase: 5/3 (Sat) | 1pm | agnès b. CINEMA | DCP | 87’ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion
Yip Yuen-ching
Col / 13' 40" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Fifty years after Handover, Hong Kong media is under surveillance by the government. Familiar places turn foreign and strange. Cheung Jing, with her team OXYGEN, challenges the authority, and tries to awaken others to what is happening around. Her yearning for freedom is like a distant dream.
All I Want
Wu Tin-long
Col and B&W / 21' 51" / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
All I Want depicts several conflicts between a couple. He wants to be released from his repression, while she hopes to leave her emptiness behind. The immature couple takes advantage of each other to find their own peace of mind. Is this selfishness? An insult to love? Or have they torn away the mask of morality after all?
GONE 2015
Choi Yiu-tung、Forrer Michael Shin
Col / 7' 00" / In English with English subtitles
GONE 2015 is a film that explores the life of crime’s reluctant young gun, David. An entertaining crime-action film that explores the lifestyle of a criminal and what makes him a criminal, it comments on how a broken family brings out one’s rebellious spirit.
Happy Dark Hour
Timmy Ng
B&W / 6' 55" / No dialogue and subtitles
Talks about the director’s curiosity towards “sex”, then starts to learn about it. After first encounter he finds his body filthy, and rejects the body being his own. So he keeps washing his whole body with water.
Fang Ke
Col / 6' 36" / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
Lam Yat-sum and Wong King-hei, this love between two girls is not approved in a Catholic school. Not only do they face criticism from their classmates, Yatsum who is the eccentric one is also bullied physically and mentally. King-hei lies to protect her, but instead, leads to an even greater tragedy.
Keung Shing-lok
Col / 3' 14" / No dialogue and subtitles
When a simple whiteboard doodle becomes alive and sentient, it interacts with its creator and hilarity and mishaps ensue. Playtime is cut short, however, as a mysterious evil being suddenly springs in with only one intention: to bring chaos and destruction. It is now up to the doodled hero to save the day.
When the Sun Goes Down
Cheng Kui-sum, Wong Chun-lung
Col / 11' 22" / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
A pair of ex-lovers is wandering around the campus one random evening. She asks for more while he is afraid of revisiting the past. Love turns into doubt, he wonders if she is really coming back into his arms. Will he leave the past behind? Can we ever get back together again?
Life Through a Lens
Luk Pak-chun, Lee Shao-feng, Tsang Chun-ting
Col / 7' 02" / In English with Chinese and English subtitles
Life Through a Lens centres around a man named Charlie, who lives through his boring and uneventful life, when he unexpectedly receives a mysterious box sent from his father. The box sends him on a nostalgic journey through his childhood and teenage years.
The Dormer
Ho Yui-chi Savio
Col / 9' 11" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
We are all searching for a place with freedom But once we get there It may not be as beautiful as you have expected / Could there be anyone who does not yearn for his own home A place which really belongs to oneself
The 21st ifva Awards
Animation Category Finalist Showcase
Animation is like a window with a beautiful view. It could depict the real world in a surrealistic way, or construct a whole new world with utmost imagination. There ten pieces of gems perfectly showcase the multiple dimensions of animation as a creative medium.
Finalist Showcase: 3/3 (Thu) | 7:30pm | agnès b. CINEMA | DCP | 59' | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion
Shear Marks
Lam Ho-tak, Kwok Man-ho, Ng Kai-chung
Col / 8' 42" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
The lines marked on the lamppost, which records the height of Chi, carry his childhood memories in the era of resettlement. The frivolous youthful days, the budding first love, the past with no regrets… mixed memories reappear in his mind’s eye, lighting up the innocence in his heart all over again.
Bluebeard’s Castle
Ho Sheung-ning Shirley
Col / 3' 00" / No dialogue and subtitles
Maya is locked in the castle after marriage but is allowed to access all the rooms except the last one. Bluebeard’s shadow intentionally leads her way to the inner part of the castle. Maya’s curiosity leads her to explore the rooms one by one. The deeper Maya goes, the darker is the secret revealed. It seems that there is a trap ahead.
Dancing Eye
Lee Ka-yin Eric, Li Ka-wai
Col / 6' 00" / No dialogue and subtitles
Hong Kong is a stressful city. Not only adults but kids need a way out, so they turn to mundane objects and happenings to find happiness and relief. A little girl is indulged in her imagined little gymnastic companion, which lightens up her daily life, but childish fantasy is always fragile.
Eye’m Free
Pau Ching-yee Louise
Col / 8' 32" / No dialogue and subtitles
In the near future, holographic goggles have substituted all electronic devices and those who could afford it become wholly dependent on it. Chuck is one of the devoted goggles users and an incident leaves him deprived of the privileges. Alice, his classmate offers aid but things take a turn for the worse when she cooks up an inventive solution for him…
Cheung Tsz-shing
Col / 6' 45" / No dialogue and subtitles
A cicada disappointed by its own voice decides to fall asleep, when a squirrel wakes him up. Taken to an unrelated kingdom, the cicada explores his new potential while the squirrel realises that he can help to recover the forest. A rendezvous which teams up a pair of unexpected partners leads them to a new ending.
Mur Mur
Lo Hin-kit
Col / 2' 40" / No dialogue and subtitles
Earlier this morning, I attended a funeral. It was peaceful and calm.
Red Egg
Choy Kam-chiu, Ng Ka-leung, Chan King-fong
Col / 4' 16" / No dialogue and subtitles
He is dumped halfway on the road of his life and strives to face all changes and pressure around him. He might have lost his way sometimes, but the ending is near. This butterfly never gives up chasing for its beauty, and finally learns how to embrace changes.
The Third Hand
Chui Chun-yu Wilson
Col / 3' 44" / No dialogue and subtitles
Max is a player in an amateur basketball team but never assigned as a key player because of his chubbiness and clumsiness. Max starts working out in the gym when one day a third hand starts growing inside his body after he gobbled down a bottle of sports drink. Will this hand help Max become an incredible player?
Wong Wai-ho, Sheikh Umair Ahmed Ka-hei
Col / 5' 49" / No dialogue and subtitles
There was once a fish who wants to live a better life. Lured by delicious fish food, he leaves water for a busy human world. Despite his great effort to think and act like human, barriers emerge between him and his fishy family. His hard work eventually gains recognition from clients and boss, but at the same time, his family is quietly falling apart.
Behind the Schoolbag
Ho Chu-yu
Col / 9' 30" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Behind the Schoolbag is a story about salvation of oneself. Shun has experienced painful days during his youth, so he deliberately keeps a distance from others. Living a stressful life, people nowadays is easy to suffer from all sorts of mental illness. Only through self-therapy can one live a life at present.
The 21st ifva Awards
Asian New Force Category Finalist Showcase
The protagonists are rather ordinary: a Taiwanese who goes jogging because of insomnia, some Iraqi boys who have their football court taken away, a Turkish man who works as construction painter in France, and an Iranian man whose wife has cheated on him… Ten Asian new directors tell extraordinary stories with their distinct point of view.
Finalist Showcase: 4/3 (Fri) | 7:15pm | agnès b. CINEMA | DCP | 193' | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion
Nia’s Door
Lau Kek-huat
Malaysia / Col / 25' 00" / In Mandarin and Tagalog with English subtitles
Nia travels far from her home, the Philippines, to Taiwan to work as a family maid. She likes to keep herself in her room with a door separating her from her employers. But this locked door leads to conflicts between them. This is the story of a day of Nia, which also resonates with those who are far away from home.
Jordan Schiele, Kampot Zahi
China / Col / 14' 59" / In Putonghua with English subtitles
Rush hour in Beijing. A construction worker selling a turtle on the road winds up at the country studio of a potential customer who has another offer in mind.
Shamik Sen Gupta、Pallavi MD
India / Col / 18' 08" / In Indian with English subtitles
During a game of hide “n” seek, 3-year-old Murli hides in an auto rickshaw and falls asleep. He wakes up in a different neighbourhood with an angry man shouting at him. But Murli can’t understand him and just wants his mother. The angry man grudgingly sets out to take him back home.
Under the Sun
Qiu Yang
China / Col / 19' 01" / In Wu Chinese with English subtitles
One incident occurs, two families tangle. There’s nothing new under the sun.
The Boss
Rzgar Husen
Iraq / Col / 20' 36" / In Kurdish with English subtitles
A group of boys’ football field and swimming pool are forced to be given up to the tiger group. They decide to have a boss of their own, and eventually the boss becomes the new dictator of the group.
Chen Yung-chi
Taiwan / Col / 14' 00" / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
Suffering from insomnia at midnight, Chia-wei finds her jogging shoes while doing house cleaning, and decides to go jogging. Then she meets another jogger, A-sen, who talks to her as if they have already known each other for a long time. And their conversations are not going anywhere…
Sharokh Dolkou
Iran / Col / 25' 41" / In Persian with English subtitles
A man and a woman. A café. And talking about a problem. More to reveal: the man’s wife has been cheating on him, so he is telling his wife’s sister about it.
Spring Awakening
Cheng Ya-chih
Taiwan / Col / 16' 20" / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
Behind this dark green door live a family; a divorced woman, a high school daughter and a primary school son. This broken family never lacks laughter. Autumn comes with mother’s sickness which dominates their lives with advanced medical terms. They say the last goodbye to their mother without tears.
The Translator
Emre Kayis
Turkey / Col / 23' 03" / In Kurdish with English subtitles
Yusuf, 13-year-old refugee boy, lives in a small Turkish border town. One of the things that excites his alienated life is a 15-year-old girl who always appears in his dream and has no interest in him. One day she comes and asks for his help which gives Yusuf the power to choose between using his power wisely or abusing it.
The Spider’s Web
Hüseyin Aydin Gürsoy
Turkey / Col / 16' 50" / In French and Turkish with English subtitles
Hakan is a young Turk who works as a construction painter in France with his father Mustafa. When his future is read out to him in coffee grounds, he decides to make some difficult decisions. Mustafa will have to face the choices of his son for the first time.
The 21st ifva Awards
Jury Recommendation
This is the common problem every ifva jury would face: too many outstanding works, too few quotas for finalists. Two public screenings are arranged to share with audience these recommended picks by the different jury members.
Programme 1: 26/2 (Fri) | 7:30pm | agnès b. CINEMA | HD | 85′ | Free Admission
I feed you and you feed me
Emily Wong
Hong Kong / Col / 5' 22" / No dialogue and subtitles
This work is an ongoing social issue. Through animation we hope the audience would understand that “eat” is an issue of public affair. Soil is tightly linked to human’s lives, and with soil farming not only food could be produced, but also giving birth to a natural circulative food chain. Whereas water farming relies on industrialisation outside the system to replace the labour from the farmers’ hands.
Jason Wong
Hong Kong / Col / 13' 00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Basil decides to leave his friend Julian to escape from the students-turnedzombies. Julian rushes to save his friend, Austin, who is not afraid of anything. Basil meets Frank who is reluctant to find a solution to save everyone. Nothing is going in the right way, until the four get together and find their way out of this potential apocalypse.
Appleboxman - Human ExperienceScheme
Chan Sin-hong
Hong Kong / Col / 4' 08" / No dialogue and subtitles
Appleboxman uses the remaining information and photos from humans to simulate the living environment and project the participants’ conscious into the simulation, so as to experience the life of human beings. Participant No. 1 has the photos from a camera analysed and starts immersing into the simulation, which allows him to imitate the realistic human dailylife.
Stars Avenue
Akira Yamaguchi
Hong Kong / Col / 7' 02" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A short story about Big Buddha, Bruce Leung, and Panda Guy who all share a love for collecting rare sneakers. Big Buddha meet his two friends to share his good news on getting a pair of rare sneakers. A Mongkok gangster overhears them and mistakens the sneakers as the national treasure. He plans to snatch it during the transaction. Things however do not turn out as expected and a series of incidents take place.
Be a good person
Lau Wai-lam
Hong Kong / Col / 2' 32" / No dialogue and subtitles
Be civilised, don’t throw rubbish on the street.
Villages of the Absent
Omar Shami Nasr
Lebanon / Col / 4' 45" / In Arabic with English subtitles
This poetic documentary depicts the slow passage of time in Ain Bal, a village drowning memories of a livelier past, and inhabited by few elders, a mute lady, and a schizophrenic man.
Cheung Yuen-ching
Hong Kong / Col & B&W / 2' 18” / In Cantonese with no subtitles
This is a personal record of my experience and feelings towards depression. I hope people could know more about depression and show their concern for the patients, so they would know they are not alone.
Good Year
Kaizo Hayashi
Japan / Col / 20' 27" / In Japanese with English subtitles
A man is working on something at a deserted factory in Yamagata Prefecture. Beside him there's a large water tank that seems to have a creature inside. One night, a woman who has left everything behind mysteriously appears in front of him. This is the second of three film projects by Hayashi in Yamagata.
None of their Business
Chu Bik-fun, Chiu Lai-hing Elaine, Ho Chun-yin, Hun Yan-chun, Lee Suet-chan, Leung Chun-fung, Ngai Yin, Tam Yuen-fun, Wong Chiu-nga, Yang Yu-hong, Yeung Hon-sum (Workshop Participants from CSSA Alliance)
Hong Kong / Col / 9' 50" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A boy picks up someone’s belongings on the street which turns out to be caught against school rule, and worse, his innocent girlfriend is pulled into the trouble. Teachers and parents are eager to define this young couple in their words. An accident of innocence ends with sudden punishment. The supposedly sane people turn out to be the insane ones. Youthful imaginations might not be awesome at all.
Let’s Leave Together
Lau Sai-wing
Hong Kong / Col / 15' 09"/ In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A rendezvous at midnight Ngau Tau Kok, the ringtone of my little airport brings two people together. They talk and walk, and come up with the idea of traveling together. It is the mundane happenings which tears them apart. Leaving the city could be both an escape and a solution.
Programme 2: 28/2 (Sun) |7:30pm | agnès b. CINEMA | HD | 108′ | Free Admission
iPhone Thieves
Wong Chi-pong Louis
Hong Kong / Col / 25' 00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
The iPhone thief just robbed an old man yet, the thief, with his quiet angst and look of desperation, feels like a victim himself in this sordid look at the underbelly of the city. Both guilt-ridden over the robbery and desperate for money, the thief is sinking fast into the quicksand of treachery when being lured into smuggling iPhones across the border with tragic outcome.
Mr. Bunny
Bo Yao
China / Col / 20' 19" / In English with no subtitles
As every normal day, John deletes a young dead man's memories and sends his soul to reincarnation. This is John's job, and he is a man who lives between human's world and “the other world”, and he has to wear a bunny costume to hide his face from ordinary people. Meanwhile, John finds out that the girl, who is lying in front of him, waiting for memories deletion, is his daughter Clara. He decides to bring her back to life, but in return he will be sent to eternal darkness.
I • Brother • Diary
Chang Ching-pan
Hong Kong / Col / 11' 26" / In Cantonese with no subtitle
I like my brother but he doesn’t like me.
Zero Acceleration
Melodie Wong, Wu Wai-yip
Hong Kong / Col / 13' 13" / No dialogue and subtitles
Walking is mundane, or is that so? We constantly try to seize the moment, but at the same time, we are passively captured by moments, be it personal or collective. These fragments of instants when connected as a whole, we call it a “journey”. Walking is merely a metaphor. This documentary provides an opportunity for us to reflect upon our lives by examining the world closely.
Fox Fears
Miyo Sato
Japan / Col / 7' 38" / In Japanese with English subtitles
On the night of a local village festival, Bunroku drops by a clog shop with his friends where he is told about an old superstition about buying new clogs at night would lead to the transformation into a fox.
Hong Kong’s Weepie
Tsim Ho-tat
Hong Kong / Col / 30' 00" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Raymond is a thirty-something kidult content with his wife and son who studies K2. His wife decides to spur up their son’s “talents” with an onslaught of extracurricular activities. Raymond only hopes his son could enjoy his childhood. Meanwhile, Raymond is sacked and is forced to leave his job. A painful journey begins with his job hunt.
The 21th ifva Festival
Transactions of Desire
Transactions of Desire explores our emotional responses against the demands of society. The eight short films question what really motivate our intimate relationships and actions. This screening includes 2 short films Breathe in/Breathe out and An Emo Nose, which is produced by our ifva talents Tsang Tsui-shan Jessey (Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Director) and Wong Ping (Gold Award winner of Animation category in the 18th ifva Awards) respectively. The screening was followed by the launching of short stories anthology Transactions of Desire.
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18/3 (Fri) | 7:30pm | agnès b. CINEMA | Blu-ray | 75′ | Free admission | With after-screening discussion
An Emo Nose
Wong Ping
Col / 4’23” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
I have lost my interest in any kind of social activities after my nose left me. Am I enjoying loneliness as I thought, or the ugliness of the people around me makes me feel being alone is actually not bad at all?
Over the Rainbow (Extract)
Rachel Maclean
Col / 17’16” / In English with no subtitles
Rachel Maclean creates synthetic spaces in which Katy Perry discuses teeth whitening with an aristocratic cat, a decapitated diva dances to hip-pop and a pastel coloured dog sings for The Queen. Maclean is the only actor or model in her work and invents a variety of characters that embody unstable identities: conversing, interacting and shifting between cartoonish archetypes, ghostly apparitions and hollow inhuman playthings.
Breathe in / Breathe out
Tsang Tsui-shan Jessey
Col / 10’31” / No Dialogue and subtitles
Jessey Tsang produces films with various in style and theme with love being an indispensable element. When HOME commissioned her to make a film with “The heart is deceitful above all things” as the theme, she gave thoughts to create her first dance video work, which explores the destructive relationship between men and women and the condition of personal internal renewal. This is a film with no dialogue but only body movements features young dance talents Huen Tin-yeung Cliff and Jessica Cheung from local dance company Four Degrees Dance Laboratory.  Dance, in the name of lust and love.
Sounding Out- plant hunters, space seeker, listeners, fakers, keepers
Una Knox
Col / 6’36” / No Dialogue and subtitles
In filmmaking, room tone is the ‘silence’ recorded at a location or space. This silence is distinct, a presence created by the space boundaries – walls, ceiling, floor and other objects in the room, in relation to a microphone. Within a tropical landscape a speech pathologist, working with the human body as acoustic space, uses voice to sound out and understand the surrounding inner and outer atmospheres.
Chris Paul Daniels
Col / 5’42” / In English with no subtitles
Daniels references the filmography of Todd Haynes’ through the TV advertisement that lures Carol towards the Wrenwood Centre - the looming New Age retreat in SAFE but uses inanimate protagonists in the style of Superstar - The Karen Carpenter Story. Daniels explores broader institutional critiques and the pressured expectations of the arts centre to fully engage communities and deliver transformative experiences within an austerity context.
Mall Walking
Rob Crosse
Col / 12’59” / No dialogue and subtitles
Mall Walking was completed as part of a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska earlier this year. A short study of the largely US based phenomenon of mall walkers, often elderly citizens who complete circuits and laps of shopping centres, often totalling many miles, as part of a personalised exercise regime.
Mishima in Mexico
Wu Tsang
Col / 13’57” / In English with no subtitles
A short performance film that draws inspiration from Yukio Mishima’s novel Thirst for Love and the author’s legacy within a global queer context. Wu-Tsang, in collaboration with Alexandro Segade, relocates the story to a single hotel room in Mexico City. A writer and director are struggling to relate through the creative process, while on-screen, as Etsuko and Saburo, they shift in and out of mutable characters. Using an experimental narrative, the sense of reality and fantasy and the separation between observer and observed starts to collapse.  All images courtesy the artist, Clifton Benevento (New York), Michael Benevento (Los Angeles) & Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin).
Sir You Will Doubless Be Astonished/ We Need To Talk About Neil
Laura Morrison
Col / 2’7” / In English with no subtitles
This one guy asked me for my autograph and included his home address. I thought that was pretty off. I'd never give some randomer my home address. Maybe that's bc I'm a girl and vulnerable and I need to be safe. This is an official new movie trailer I made with some good vibes now I hope. So fun - except we did a typo in the credits and was too late to change it. Hope you like my work! (The other guy, Neil no.2 is really cool. If you need copywriting stuff in Sheffield or Manchester you should def use him:
Jockey Club ifva Everywhere
People’s Cinema – Open-air Screening
Heartwarming short films under the starry sky on one of the steepest streets of Hong Kong. The March screening of People’s Cinema – Open-air Screening of Jockey Club ifva Everywhere will be showing three short films close to the everyday lives of Hong Kong people.
Major Funder
11/3 (Fri) | 7:30pm | Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun | 67’ | Free admission
Merry X’mas
Au Man-kit Jevons
2007 / Col / 24’00” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Exchanging gift is a small issue; however, the poor little girl has to work hard to prepare for that. Eventually she decides to collect recycling papers in the street. It is sad and heartbreaking. There is neither stunning scene nor sensational plot. The rights and wrongs, warm and cold of the world are narrated simply from the little girl’s point of view. The 13th ifva Awards - Open Category Gold Award
Kwok Zune
2009 / Col / 29’35” / In Cantonese, Tagalog and English with Chinese and English subtitles
More than 20 years ago, a Filipino girl named Charlie left her son and came to Hong Kong to work as a house maid. Separated from her family all these years, she thought she could finally go home to her son when she retired, but… The 15th ifva Awards - Open Category Gold Award
The Secret Taste
Adam Wong Sau-ping
2012 / Col / 12’32” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
In May 2011, Ming Chow, at her 27 years old, having studied the barista certificate course for only two months, defeated many experienced baristas from the locals and the overseas at the Grand Barista Championship, Hong Kong region. What made Ming Chow's coffee hit the cord of the jury who were international coffee experts? The 17th ifva greenlab project, commissioned by Employees Retraining Board
All About Us 2015/16: Imagination
Student Creative Film Showcase
A creative film production scheme designed especially for ethnic minority youths in Hong Kong. For the sixth consecutive year, students continue to transform their stories through moving images. In six different shorts, it refracts the multiple layers of ups and downs, friendship, love, and students’ responses to happenings around them. Outstanding works from the 36-hour Intensive Shooting Challenge will also be screened. Creativity breaks all barriers to connect different communities across ethnic groups.
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28/2 (Sun) | 4:15pm | agnès b. CINEMA | HD | 57′ | Free admission | With after-screening discussion
The Magical Pen
Wong Brayanclint、Pun Lokendra、Huzifa Batuigas、John Albert D. Casilla、Joe Vincent Zapata、Rhyan Wong、Limbu Tejina、Gurung Alina、Gurung Mabica Maya
Col / 7' 29"/ In English with English subtitles
A mysterious pen suddenly appears in front of Brayan who later is fascinated by its magical power. However, can Brayan control the power of the pen?
The Guardian Angel
Yasar Khan、Rabia Mohammad、Mohammad Nabeel Ahmed、Ali Muhammad Haris、Osman、Sultan Naveed Khan、Mia Teresa、Samyuktha Sriram Dharmapadam、Mohammad Maria
2015 / Col / 7' 42" / In English with English subtitles
Alex has no friend except Max. He is good at studying but is bullied by his classmates for his outstanding results. He is also bullied by his part-time job boss and even his own father. Max is the only person who would be by his side and save him. However, Max hasn't shown up for a long while and Alex comes up with the idea of pretending suicide so Max would come and save him...
Ahmad Harese、Mehmood Zeshan、Barua Surin、Mehmood Zeshan、Khan Saqib、Akib Hassan、Mo Sahriar Rohan、Usama
2015 / Col / 17' 06" / In English with English subtitles
Socially awkward teen Surin is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until an extraordinary friend Shan becomes his life changer. Shan helps Surin discover the joys of friendship and interacting with other people. However, while Surin makes more new friends, Shan somehow appears to be less friendly to him...
The Diamond Dogs
Mohamed Rizwan、Xavier Galadriel Antonia、Joshua Dilan Banerjee、Chan Wing Yi Shivali、Asad Haider、Abdul Gaffoor Mohamed Nawfal、Vallo David Jonathan Delos Reyes、Brandon、Ayisha、Mohammad Heena Sadia、Khan Sahira、Aqsa Naman
2015 / Col / 8' 25" / In English with English subtitles
David, an ex-gangster who was part of a small but strong gang called Diamond Dogs tries to live a normal life with his new girlfriend Michelle, but things take a sharp turn once she gets kidnapped.
Take a Stand
Ajayjit Singh、Sirjana Gurung、Gill Dilpreet Kaur、Syed Ali Imam、Singh Sukhdeep、Raskoti Pawan、Muhammad Azam Sheikh、Farooq Muhammad、Kenji Wong、Tao Ming Wai Koko、James Wong、Miss Li Lik-man、Mr Bagha Singh
2015 / Col / 4' 50" / In English with English subtitles
When was the last time you took a stand for somebody? This story takes a look at an average high school teenager who is bullied. He is about to snap after he is unable to handle the pain of a break up, and it results in a chain of consequences. The main protagonist will do the unthinkable and will change into a completely different person. Fortunately...
The Ghost Friend
Singh Harveer Dhillon、Mahmood Hussain、Mohammad Zaryab Yusuf、Brazil Mikaela Darlene Buhia、Jemimah Keziah Bautista Jardin、Adil Muhammaed
2015 / Col / 6' 14" / In English with English subtitles
This is a simple story about a guy moving into a new flat which a ghost lives in and the ghost tries to make friend with him. This story wants to tell the message that listening is one of the most crucial element when it comes to communication.

Additional Showcase: 36-hour Intensive Shooting Challenge Best Work

Life of Julian

Mohamed Rizwan、Xavier Galadriel Antonia、Joshua Dilan Banerjee、Chan Wing Yi Shivali、Abdul Gaffoor Mohamed Nawfal、Vallo David Jonathan Delos Reyes、Brandon

2015 / Col / 5' 06" / In English with no subtitles

The 21th ifva Festival
ifva Young Filmmakers 2015/16: Identity
Supported by WYNG Masters Award, “ifva Young Filmmakers” aims to inspire teenagers to express themselves, share their ideas and viewpoints through moving images. Through trainings and learning experiences, five teaching artists (Joseph Wu, Judy Chu, Lai Yan-chi Mo, Kenji Wong, Wong Yee Mei) stimulate creative ideas and inspire young people’s thinking towards the theme. This year’s topic is “identity”.
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28/2 (Sun) | 2:30pm | agnès b. CINEMA | HD | Free admission | With after-screening discussion
I Am Different!
Abdul Naveed, Saad Mahmood, Namrah Yasmeen, Iqra Iqbal, Shehzadi Kanwal, Amanpreet-Kaur, Bibi Tehmina, Bibi Samina, Kwan Chin-chak, Chen Qiyao, Chan Wing-hin
2015 / Col / In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles
The story is about the problems local and foreign students face when they are in the process of understanding each other...
Li Tin-chi, Tang Kwan-ching, Wong Man-mong, Yan Ka-chun, Zheng Feng, Chan Lan-fung, Cheung Wa-kwong, Man Kin-kwan, Claudia Cheung, Mak Hon-pan
2015 / Col / In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles
The main character Ben Lee was born with disabilities. Abused by his parents and boycotted by his classmates, he does not live an easy life...
我係學生定阿 sir?
Mok Sum-yee Cina, Chan Lok-yin Issac, Yang Ka-wing Matthew, Ng Ki-lung Jacky, Li Siu-kit Desmond, Ng Chak-wai Brian, Chow King-ho Andy, Lee Wa-hei Ken, Yung Kum-shing
2015 / Col / In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles
Ka Ming is a high school student who is fascinated by football. His poor academic performance always triggers conflicts between him and his class teacher Mr. Chan...
Chung Shing-hin, Wu Sen-pan, Fang Yuansen, Chau Long-yat, So Chi-lok, Lai Pak-lik, Ng Yuk-tsang
2015 / Col / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
“From the moment we entered the abandoned space, everything is unknown.” Urbex – the abbreviation of Urban Exploration...
Wu Hiu-ching, Choy Yee-ting, Chan Yik-si, Chan Wai-ying, Fok Ho-pan, Sung Tsz-ching, Lee On-ki, Ng Pui-sze, Wong Kwun-yin
2015 / Col / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Being a musicmania, Chung-lok devotes most of her time into viola. Lacking social interactive skills, she is isolated and discriminated by her classmates...
Short Film Highlights
HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS (NAE) is a scheme launched by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, aiming to promote excellent Hong Kong short films and videos locally and abroad. In 2015 and 2016, the scheme started to participate in the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Market, through which directors can build up connections with overseas short film distributors, broadcasting companies, film festivals and production investors. The exploration of new markets would bring long-term benefits to excellent short films and their filmmakers. This year NAE brought 12 award-winning films to Clermont-Ferrand, and sponsored 10 film directors to participate in the activities there to introduce their short films to overseas audience. Six of these short films, which have never been screened at ifva Festival before, then return to Hong Kong for meeting the local audience during the ifva Festival. Through a programme of these six titles, Hong Kong audience will be able to view these great shorts that have made their fames abroad and are now returning to their home town.
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6/3 (Sun) | 3:00pm | agnès b. CINEMA | DCP | 85' | Free admission | With after-screening discussion
Body Watch
Ho Ching-yu Frankie, Chun Siu-leung Ziv
2015 / Col / 20' 00" / No dialogues and subtitles
Are you looking at me? Are you getting me to look at you? What are you looking at? What do you think I see? A table and two chairs set in the dark. What would transpire between two people sitting straight up facing each other…
Ho Fung
2015 / Col / 21' 15" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
In every school, there must be a person who is the center of attention. Since junior secondary, Mei-sheng has already participated in a number of advertisements and movies. Everyone in the school calls her ‘Goddess’ and a lot of boys love pleasing her by actions. For Hei, as an ordinary boy, she is definitely out of reach.
Yip Chak-fung Fergus, Fu Hay-kin Adrian
2014 / Col / 6' 34" / No dialogue and subtitles
In life, we are so caught up in a rat race running for wealth and fame that we have allowed ourselves to be enslaved and blinded by the process. Through this animation, we invite audiences to rethink and reprioritise their values. Our message is ‘Follow you heart and it will lead you to become a “true” human’.
Happy Selfie Time
Yau Wing-yan, Sun Ming-wai
2014 / Col / 7' 43" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Selfie is a pop culture in Hong Kong. Other than entertaining oneself, taking selfie can be an artistic work of personal photography. In general, people have negative feelings towards selfie, but it does carry alternative and in-depth meanings such as capturing the moment and understanding oneself.
Through The Looking Glass
Hung Tsz-ching Michelle
2014 / Col / 15' 44" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Inspired by the sequel of Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass portrays the seventeen-year old Alice falls into the other side of the mirror world, after following the rabbit to its hole at school. Since then, weird incidents occur…
Lam Hei-nok
2014 / Col / 14' 10" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
The laundry owner, Hoi, met the customer named Sze, whom asked to pick up her laundry dropped off ten years ago. Getting alone, they shared their loneliness and helpless in life. Until one day, Hoi recalled the memory when she first met Sze in 2003… Ten years passed, and no one could forget.

Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organisers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region