There is a demon in each creative talent’s heart, and only through perseverance in creation that they can deal with it. This year ifva continues to present works of bravery from different talents.
Cinema is perhaps the modern vehicle for myths. Media arts exhibition “CINEMA 2.0: Acrylic Dreams” creates a dream-like realm that explore, with different sensibilities and aesthetics, what myth is in the future. At the same venue, works by finalists of the Media Art Category of the ifva Awards are exhibited. These media art works re-examine the organic relationships between humans and their surrounding environment and even the entire universe.
Entries of the Animation Category continue to push the boundaries of the particular genre. Short films, on the other hand, each demonstrates a unique perspective to see our daily life and rest of the world. The new “Filmorphosis” series aims to recognise professional filmmakers who are ready to shine but not getting the spotlight otherwise. The inaugural programme features ifva alumnus Wong Fei-pang who also created the trailer for this year’s ifva Festival. Yang Li-chou, Taiwan filmmaker who is among the jury this year, is bringing with him, besides his award-winning documentary, wisdom that he will share at an artist talk and mentoring sessions.
Films may be enjoyed elsewhere other than the theatre, such as under the starry sky. All are welcome to join the open-air screening of On Trial, featuring the late megastars Leslie Cheung and Danny Chan. Besides, Works from “Jockey Club ifva Everywhere – 48 Hour Film Challenge” will be screened at the Festival. Also showcase of an ifva’s initiative, works by participants of “All About Us” that offers media education to ethnic minority youth are screened at the Festival. Short films that went to Europe and America under the “HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS” initiative will be returning to Hong Kong for local audience to enjoy all at once as well.