The 25th ifva Awards
Open Category Finalist Showcase

The ten works of Open Category record today’s city and the values of life. Films are used as a medium to retain all the sentiments of youth and ageing, hope and despair. The vivid images bring the audience into the film to experience the moment as if it’s just happened. Either imaginative or realistic cinematographic style gives a glimpse of someone’s lives among the crowd with a sense of déjà vu. More importantly, family, love, friendship and brotherhood in life are also documented.

Finalist Showcase Programme 1: 8/8 (Sat) | 4:15pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | Hong Kong | HK$ 65/40* | With after-screening discussion
Kanas Liu
Col / 14'21" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
On 28th July 2019, police clashed with protesters in western part of Hong Kong Island and arrested 49 people at the scene. Amidst the chaos, protesters were helping each other and trying not to leave their fellows unaccompanied.
Szeto Ka-wing
Col / 26'35" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Primary school teacher Siu-nan returns to work for the first day. New immigrant Ah Hung works at a nursing home. Taxi driver Ah Wong separates from his family. They are all struggling in their own position in society. Three unrelated persons are linked up by a girl who they have never met with before.
Old Man And A Dog
Chan Hon-yan
Col / 29'40" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
After being diagnosed with terminal cancerand feeling hopeless, solitary Old Chan wants to end his life. His grandson Ka-chun whom he hasn’t met for years brings him an abandoned old dog. The two meet at their final stage of life bringing warmth to each other. Although lives can’t be reversed, the old dog at least help Chan and Ka-chun to re-establish their long-lost relationship and leave some pleasant memories.
Spawning Migration
Ho Ying-kuen
Col / 15'14" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
With severe hearing impairment and mild intellectual disability, Egg is sent to a care home after losing her beloved ones. The day she arrives is the birthday of the other resident Ham. Ham hopes that his mother will take him away from the fenced enclosed world but nothing happens. Two shattered souls encounter and understand each other well. They try to run away from the inferno. Everything comes to an end and then starts all over again.
Kwan Cheuk-wai
Col / 17'38" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
An old man and a kid meet by the seaside talking about each other.
Finalist Showcase Programme 2: 8/8 (Sat) | 8pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | Hong Kong | HK$ 65/40* | With after-screening discussion
Yeung Sik-yung, Ng Cheuk-yan
Col / 8'25" / In Cantonese, English and French with Chinese and English subtitles
Two girls fantasise to make a declaration. To the World.
Ward 11
Tsang Tsui-shan
Col & BW / 16' 00"/ In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Aloneness is not the same as being lonely. Lying beneath the white sheets, the 11 holds the tale of forbidden love, unconditional love, in dreams and in reality, always together forever apart. Tracing and arresting a dance couple’s shadows, encountering the dance, trekking the terrains of their adventures. Lying motionless in 11, the lovers listen, whisper, even at the dullest moments, words of love, conversations continue to flow, laughter fills the ward.
3 Generations 3 Days
Chu Hoi-ying
Col / 20'08" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Ching takes care of her grandmother as asked by her mother. She learns about how her mother struggled with raising her little brother and her, as well as the childhood of her mother. Ching not only takes a glimpse of the golden age of her mother and grandmother, but also has an insight of how she gets along with her mother. Red dates, barley and peanuts are cooked together to give a taste of life and also show the connection between the women from three generations.
Endless Chain of Lies
Col / 17'00" / In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles
It was late at night, she crossed the streets of Central and Sheung Wan with a bucket of clothes and arrived at a 24-hour laundromat. She dumped the clothes on the ground clumsily, while a man keeping replying messages on his phone came to the laundromat. In this suppressing city, they were busy working on their own, but a coincidence encounter let them get salvation from each other. Yet, they’ve never imagined that the night was endlessly long.
Kan Wang-yip, Wong Siu-yu, Nepoleon Lee, Tang Hiu-hong, Chan Wing-yiu Yo Yo, Ho Yiu-tung
Col & BW / 23' 28"/In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
The modern life is so busy that we may not even have a moment to calm down. If we have, what will come into our mind? Three young people use five minutes to settle down and make a self-confession to face their true selves.
The 25th ifva Awards
Youth Category Finalist Showcase

Desperation and disorientation leave indelible marks on the youth. In their works, the scars at heart can be spotted. They depict the unforgettable incidents: suicides, bullies and touching moments. Without any fear, they record the unpolished pulse of the city. Through the videos of the youths, their sincerity reveals the perceived value about the living world.

Finalist Showcase: 8/8 (Sat) | 2pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | Hong Kong | DCP | 75' | HK$ 65/40* | With after-screening discussion
Her Voice
Chong Man-chung
Col / 05'00'' / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Teaching assistant Chow Young has been busy for the whole day. Carrying her exhausted body to go back home, her father and brother don’t show any sympathy at all and even hurry her to do all the household chores. Facing the gender bias at home, both physically and mentally exhausted Chow could barely pursue her dream in reality but keep it in her mind only.
Emma To
Col / 06'40" / In Cantonese and English with English subtitles
This film is about love, family and living with someone who has an intellectual disability. It's about a Down Syndrome boy and his family and how their lives together can be frustrating and beautiful simultaneously. Not only does it portray the life of Max, the Down Syndrome boy, but also his sister's, his mother's and their whole dynamic as a family, providing different perspectives to this otherwise untouched and untold experience.
The Toilet Exorcist
Choi Shing-ho
B&W / 18'35" / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
Alan and a group of young people are doing nothing at home everyday. Once, out of curiosity, they try out an urban legend and then attract a monster to attack them. Alan’s life is already bad enough. Being attacked by the monster, will he choose a life even worse or to fight back?
Bully's Wording
Cheung Ching-ho
Col / 05"49" / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitle
Although Ah Jun studies in a relatively bad secondary school, he still works very hard. His classmates always bully him. They laugh at him and make fun of him every day. Until one day, his classmates no longer just mess around with him, they drag him into the toilet. He faints after that. In order to run away from their responsibilities, each one has their own defending reasons...
Qualified Four
Chui Tsun-yin, Wong Chun-kit
Col / 02'50" / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
"Use 4 simple steps to get a pass easily”
The Handmade Buns
Lee Pui-wa, Wong Nok-yin, Ho Cheuk-lam, Yeung Ching-tak Douglas, Chan Long
Col / 05'11" / In Cantonese with no subtitles
Hongkongers have a fast-paced lifestyle so eating buns for breakfast becomes almost a tradition. Even though the bakery chain stores keep expanding, Mr. So, the owner, insists that with the advantage of good quality, he can manage to run his own small bakery. It is hoped that the small bakery can continue to strive and motivate the new start of each day.
Ng Hok-hin, Sin Cheuk-yin, Wong Lok-wang, Fong Chun-lim, Tsoi Ka-hin
Col / 04'14" / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
A student is often bullied by his classmates because he isn’t good at talking. Like other students, a boy turns a blind eye to the wrongdoings to avoid trouble. Until he feels the same pain in his dream, he decides to stand up for the victim... It is no longer important why he does that... Not drifting with the waves and going with the flow, but with the courage to stand with the truth are the real “strength” and “power”.
Zero Sound
Lau Tsz-yin, Lai Chak-fung
Col / 04'56" / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
Bullying is common but how many people understand the feeling of being bullied? Have you met anyone being bullied? Have you tried to help them?
I Was Alone on Nathan Road Crying
Ng Yi-lam Tiffany
Col / 16'47" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A seem-to-be quiet life of three secondary school students, a random chat from the match of the century between South China Athletic Association and Kowloon Motor Bus to claypot rice in Temple Street and then to the five flags in Tsim Sha Tsui. Gradually the huge secret behind is revealed…
A Candle Lights Others and Consumes Itself
Chong Man-chung
Col / 05'00'' / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
University student Suk-man receives a phone call from her secondary classmate and learns that Chinese History teacher Mr. Kam passed away unfortunately. She recalls the anecdotes in the past: his attentive teaching, perseverance and self-example. All of them inspire Suk-man to study hard and contribute to certain important decision in her life.
The 25th ifva Awards
Animation Category Finalist Showcase

The works of Animation Category are connections between the artists and the cities, telling us stories of life. Humans are forgetting their relationship with the environment. Each cut with different colour tones and brushwork comprehensively depicts the story about life and death across different regions. Each stroke, regardless of its haziness or clarity, recalls similar memories. People are always confused about death. The animation works remind us of a crucial fact we always forget: to let go in order to receive.

Finalist Showcase: 6/8 (Thu) | 8pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | DCP | 82 | HK$ 65/40* | With after-screening discussion
Another World
Ng Kai-chung Tommy (Hong Kong)
Col / 14'01" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
In the underworld, there is nothing meant to happen. This is impermanence.
Wong Ying-kwan, Ng Wing-kiu (Hong Kong)
Col / 6'37" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
The old social values were more traditional than the modern ones. Women had low social status and were not respected. In this story, the woman pursues love in adversity and maintains it with her whole life no matter what. Ironically, in reality, other people still think that the woman is being passive and she doesn’t have a say.
Petty Thing
Li Zexi (China)
Col / 3'46" / In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles
The summer afternoon is no special, until the gunfight-loving kids hang around in the village and find a replica pistol. As the trigger is pulled, the whole wood is awakened.
My Father at Grandma’s Funeral
Jhan Bo-jyun (Taiwan)
Col / 11'46" / No Dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles
The child went to father’s home village for the first time to attend grandma’s funeral with his family. However, his mother left the funeral after having arguments with father’s family. The father and the child stayed at the funeral alone to tackle the unfriendliness of father’s family and the death of grandma. At the end, the father and the child can only stay at the river bank when grandma was buried far, far away in the watermelon field. That was the first time the child saw his father’s tears.
Chow On-wa, Liu Ka-lok (Hong Kong)
Col/B&W / 9’ 19”/ In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Meng Po prepares Meng Po Soup for the customers of the Chinese herbal tea shop. She uses her sad tears to remove the bitterness of the soup. Later on, she learns how to put her feelings aside and welcomes new customers. Mother is one of Meng Po’s customers. She blames herself for the death of her son and can’t let go.
This Side, Other Side
Lida Fazli (Iran)
Col / 8'51" / No Dialogue with English subtitles
No boundary can prevent the formation of friends and affection between children.
A Gong
Liu Yen-chen, Zozo Jhen, Chan Ka-yin, Marine Varguy, Tena Galovic (Taiwan)
Col / 5'38" / In Taiwanese with Chinese and English subtitles
An inner journey of a 7-year-old boy’s acceptance of his grandpa’s death in a traditional Taiwanese funeral. After following all the steps of the ceremony, he has to find his own way to express the sentiment of losing someone. The entire film is finished by hand-drawn oil pastel with subtle animation style, portraying a unique Taiwanese tale.
Mok Chun-hei (Hong Kong)
Col/B&W / 3' 27"/ No dialogue and subtitles
1960s Hong Kong was an era that “Each penny counts”. The Lion Rock Spirit was built up by collective effort bit by bit. Hopefully one day everyone would be rewarded. However, while our next generation is growing up, they no longer work together but only earn their own living now. The Lion Rock Spirit is gradually being forgotten and breaking down.
Survival HK
Louise Pau (Hong Kong)
Col / 7'06" / In English with English subtitles
An English listening test takes place inside a small classroom while a typhoon hits outside. The students struggle to focus between the test recording and what happens beyond the test.
Yang Tzu-hsin (Taiwan)
Col / 6'15" / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
We constantly make different choices in life, that's for sure. But often, the anxiety of making a choice and facing the consequences gets the better of us. What if we just took a leap of faith and embraced the unknown? What kinds of treasures and surprises might the future hold?
The 25th ifva Awards
Asian New Force Category Finalist Showcase

Though the style of works by the ten directors from Asia varies a lot, they respond to the present, raising questions from social media, internet trolling, drug deal, women’s issue to the connection between nature and humans. Through the unique scenes captured by the camera, the livelihood around all the corners of Iran, Turkey, Philippines, Nepal and other places are brought to light.

Finalist Showcase: 7/8 (Fri) | 7:15pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | DCP | 197' | HK$ 65/40* | With after-screening discussion
Nir Berger (Israel)
Col / 25'24" / No dialogue with English subtitles
A dark romantic comedy in the age of social media without spoken dialogue but text messages. Adele is an aggressive, self-conscious 17-year-old girl who spends most of her time trolling her classmates online...
Ceremony Night
Behnam Abedi (Iran)
Col / 15'41" / In Persian with English subtitles
An hour before the opening of a funfair, a worker falls to his death down the Ferris wheel, and the other workers are forced to keep silent. The opening ceremony continues.
The Heavy Burden
Yilmaz Özdil (Turkey)
Col / 17'00" / In Kurdish and Turkish with English subtitles
To support his family, Avdel works for the Municipal Council with his donkey Bozo in providing sanitary services in Mardin, Turkey. His nephew Salih who fled Syria stays with him. When the “old Bozo” is retired by the municipality...
Paper Helicopter
Alisher Zhadigerov (Kazakhstan)
Col / 30'00" / In Kazakh with English subtitles
A traditional racetrack riding is going to start soon. This year, girls are allowed to take part in the competition. Laura determines to do everything she can to win the grand prize.
Viral Kids
Arjanmar H. Rebeta (Philippines)
Col / 18'08" / In Tagalog with English subtitles
Viral Kids is about the trending stories of five different street children who have their own past and dreams but being hindered and exploited by an unknown force behind the online platform.
The City of Honey
Moein Ruholamini (Iran)
Col / 07'30" / In Arabic with English subtitles
The children without family want to leave their war-torn city, but it is a long way to go.
Javad Khorsha (Iran)
Col / 15'00" / In Persian with English subtitles
It is about a soldier in the firing squad being forced to execute a prisoner and he is in a dilemma about how to choose between ethics and duty.
The Mortician of Manila
Leah Borromeo (Philippines)
Col / 26'11" / In English and Tagalog with English subtitles
Orly Fernandez manages and lives at Eusebio’s, a 24-hour funeral parlour in Manila. His relationships with clients and the journalists he meets daily colour his empathy and contempt towards the drug war victims...
The Remains
Manoj Babu Panta (Nepal)
Col / 16'27" / In Nepali with English subtitles
The Remains is a stream of consciousness progression of the hallucinatory experience of an old man in his late 70s living in an isolated river bank.
The Swing
Samara Sagynbaeva (Kyrgyzstan)
Col / 20'38" / In Kyrgyz with English subtitles
An old and honest man Bolot works at a village school supplying heat. When the coal in his house is used up, his wife persuades him to steal some from the school despite the school only has limited storage.
The 25th ifva Awards
Jury Recommendation

There are works as unique as the shining stars, just like the 15 films and animations recommended by the jurors of different categories. Two free screenings will be held for the public to enjoy the selected works.

Programme 1: 22/2 (Sat) | 3:30pm | Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum | HD | 84’ | Free Admission
The Day Cleancess Falls in Love
Hung Ka-hin, Mah Chung-ting, So Keng-to (Hong Kong)
Col / 8’ 14” / In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
A girl with mysophobia is always bullied and discriminated by her classmates. Once, a boy passes by, helps and comforts her. Her world has been changed since then.
New Land Broken Road
Kavich Neang (Cambodia)
Col / 15’ 20” / In Khmer with English subtitles
A night at Phnom Penh, three young hip-hop dancers ride a motorbike together and stop by a muddy deserted road. Nick leaves the others to look for an iPhone lost in the area. Piseth and Thy discuss their hopes and doubts, and Piseth shows his best Michael Jackson’s moves. They meet Leakhena, a young female street vendor whose cart is full of colours.
Karen Chan (Hong Kong)
Col / 7’ 49” / In English with English subtitles
Approached by an aspiring artist, a young woman must confront her insecurities in order to meet his precarious demands.
Miyajima Ryotaro (Japan)
Col & B&W / 5’ 00” / No dialogue and subtitles
During the Sengoku period, many people died. The designer of a castle found that maybe the tea house could be a place where the samurai could have their humanity retrieved.
Little Thinks
Step Cheung (Hong Kong)
Col / 5’ 01” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Little Thinks uses a visual poem to tell that everything can be seen differently from different perspectives. To enjoy every interesting moment; to appreciate the good side in every person.
Behind Silence
Ryan Sung (Hong Kong)
Col / 3’ 12” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
It’s about a teenage girl with depression severely tortured by the illness. The story is based on the information provided by patients suffering from depression. It is hoped that the voices of patients with depression can be heard and the audience can have a better understanding on depression and its impact on teenagers.
Dear Abby
Faith Lee (Hong Kong)
Col / 5’ 38” / In English with Chinese subtitles
Abby is a girl who is good at listening and willing to help, full of longing for the online world. She is beloved on social media platform and becomes the guardian angel of others, while the reality is forgotten behind her.
Modern Babel
Zhao Lin (China)
Col & B&W / 11’38”/ In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles
A housewife loses her mind when she is shopping, degenerates into an animal.
Luo Shuhang (China)
Col / 22’ 19” / In Putonghua and Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Spring is approaching. Zhang Li is sitting downstairs in the hot pot restaurant counting flowers; Chen Ke’s mind is off staring at the beverage cabinet; Zhou Hui enters the kitchen to heat up the pot. Their lives are so repetitive that they are looking forward to a spring excursion.
Programme 2: 22/2 (Sat) | 7:30pm | Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum | HD | 103’ |  Free Admission
Chan Wai-lung (Hong Kong)
Col / 8’ 25” / No dialogue and subtitles
I made June when I didn’t have any inspiration to create a feature film. The documentary is about the rarely known stories in the social movement in June. At first the clips of videos were kept for sorting out my feelings, but after being edited, they were made into a documentary and became a record of history. Six scenes and voices were used to tell what happened during that month.
Danial K. Afzal (Pakistan)
Col / 9’ 24” / In Punjabi and Urdu with English subtitles
“Her daughter was raped and recorded. Such a disgrace to our neighborhood, what a shame!” Whispers and rumors overwhelm a neighborhood after Jamila’s 10-year-old daughter’s rape video goes viral. Based on a BBC News report by Amber Shamsi How a rape was filmed and shared in Pakistan.
In Land’s Way
Payam Rezaei (Iran)
Col / 14’54”/ No dialogue and subtitles
A small family is working on their field when a number of unknown men in black arrive at their doorstep, in search of something related to their family’s land.
I Love You, Sorry, Thank You, Please Forgive Me
Wong Wing-fung (Hong Kong)
Col / 29’ 56” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
After my parents divorced, I rarely talk with my mother whom I live with. By recording our daily life, I try to find out the family connection and how my identity is shaped. I hope that it can break the barrier between my mother and I over the past twenty years.
Building Blocks
Wong Chung-yan (Hong Kong)
Col / 30’ 00” / No dialogue and subtitles
My grandfather moved away from the public rental unit he had been living for 30 years. His belongings were also taking away bit by bit. The family values are disintegrating as the disappearance of the objects. Through the reconstruction of the unique placements, structures and traces in the house, I thought about the nature of space and family values which should be retained and preserved.
Wong Ping's Fables 2
Wong-ping (Hong Kong)
Col / 13’31” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Wong Ping passes by, leaving two pools of urine. He gently steps on your head with his left foot, to grant you a chance to see clearly your own reflection in the pee again.
Filmorphosis: Mak Siu-fung's 50,000 Hours
This year, Filmorphosis by ifva keeps introducing artists who are working persistently without a word on their creations. It’s hoped that their professionalism can be recognised by the public through this platform. Six animations created by local animator Mak Siu-fung will be screened in the programme, including Golden Horse Awards nominated film Infidelity. Mak is one of the few artists focusing on hand-drawn animation. His works always use simple lines and bright colours. Subtle emotions can also be found in the characters. He insists on going his own way and makes precise calculation of each minute he spends to create his favourite work. This series of works is a record of the most important 50,000 hours of Mak’s life.

Since 1991, Mak Siu-fung has started working on different types of creations. In 2007, he began creating hand-drawn animation Back to Base. He needs his own space for working independently on his creations, simplifying his life only for creating arts. Over the last thirteen years, he has been creating each piece of work solely on his own.  Highly concentrated and diligent, he makes precise calculation of his works, which turn out to be unconventional at all. Having all the compositions and storylines in his mind, he always follows a step-by-step sequence for creating his work. Back to Base consists of 13,000 drawings which took him two years to finish. Apart from screening his animations in Filmorphosis this year, his manuscripts will also be exhibited. Each of his sketches shows us Mak’s unlimited animation world.

29/2 (Sat) | 4pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | Hong Kong | DCP | 56’ | HK$ 65/40* | With After-screening discussion
Back to Base
Mak Siu-fung, Ho Ka-chiu
Col / 19’ 04″ / No dialogue and subtitles
Two explorers with different special abilities arrived at an unknown planet for their adventure....
Mak Siu-fung
Col / 17’ 37“ / No dialogue and subtitles
To pursue his prey – a gigantic creature hiding in a snow mountain for years – M the hunter has put himself in a life-threatening situation. An incident which occurred subsequently leads him to a dilemma about what to do.
Anesthetic Pleasure
Mak Siu-fung
Col / 5’ 58“ / No dialogue with Chinese subtitles
The 20th ifva Awards- Jury Recommendation, Animation Category
Mak Siu-fung
Col / 3’ 37“ / No dialogue and subtitles
著名小說「動物農莊」其內容所諷剌獨裁統治的慘無人道及荒誕相信已深入民心,而為本地樂隊The Revolver製作同名單曲作品「Animal-Farm」時希望由原著的視⻆轉變為另一⻆度去演繹,將動物跟人類身份調轉,由人類化為野獸去摧毁世界!看看會有甚麼效果?
Cross Blade Kill
Mak Siu-fung
Col / 6’ 00″ / In English with English subtitles
He kills not for money, but that he enjoys killing, or perhaps he is trying to get justice for his master. This time, his job is to kill a plot maker...
Mak Siu-fung
Col / 6' 17" / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A man having multiple wives and concubines is being untrue to his wife. A woman who runs off with her lover is also being unfaithful to her husband. A man betraying his lover is another form of infidelity. Is domineering love the only thing left?

Mak Siu-fung

Mak is an unconventional comic artist and sculptor in the early 1990s. He works on different types of arts including comics, illustrations and three-dimensional sculptures. In 1993, he went to Japan to study traditional hand-drawn animation. In 1996, he returned to Hong Kong and worked as an art editor in a newspaper publisher. He left the company in 2002 and established the brand United Planet which mainly produced figure display and comics. In 2011, he participated in the 16th ifva Awards and won the Gold Award of Animation Category. Since then, he has been focusing on creating animations.

Jockey Club ifva Everywhere
People Cinema: Survival Family

How can we survive if the modern society collapses suddenly and lives become primitive again? Japanese director Yaguchi Shinobu wrote and directed the film Survival Family. At the beginning it was all sarcastic and hilarious. As the story develops, the road movie reviews the glory of humanity in the midst of disaster and shows the transformation of the family. It makes you smile with tears while getting more touching towards the ending.


Programme Reschedule Announcement

Due to the temporary closure of LCSD facilities, Jockey Club ifva Everywhere - People Cinema originally scheduled to be held on 15 Feb 2020 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre will be cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The programme will be rescheduled, and further announcements will be made at our Facebook page. Stay tuned!
Major Funder
Survival Family
Yaguchi Shinobu (Japan)
2017 / HD / Col / 117’ / In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles
The Suzukis are a typical family living in Tokyo. Everyone just minds their own business. One day, when they wake up in the morning, all the electrical appliances have stopped working....
All About Us 2019/20
Student Creative Film Showcase

The creative filmmaking project “All About Us” organised by ifva comes to its tenth year. It always stands with ethnic minority youths and encourages them to use videos to defend diversified voices in the society. Whether they are crazy ideas in mind, observations and feelings of daily life, dreams and realities in youth, the colourful world of ethnic minority youths are all shown in their own videos! If creativity is not limited by skin colour, how can there be only one kind of voice among “Hongkongers”?

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7/8 (Fri) | 10:30am | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | Hong Kong | HD | 32′ | By Invitation Only | With after-screening discussion and certificate presentation
Bibi, the Ghost
Rania Qureshi, Shahzad Alishba, Arooj Malik, Iqra Ali Shah
Col / 7’ 46” / In Urdu and English with English subtitles
Bibi wants to feel alive again, so she does all sorts of things to make herself feel better by acting alive. Does her effort pay off? She describes her "ghost-life" and all the situations in her life of being a ghost.
Muavvidh, Dil Ajmaeen, Muaadh Makhdoom, Haris Muhammad, Pargat Singh Gill, Ibrahim Numan, Shamsu Thabrej, Salam Abdul, Ummar Haryat Khan
Col / 7’08” / In Pashto and English with English subtitles
Everyone has their own story, goal and dream. Each has gone through something special that has inspired them. US is the story of each of us to show our existence as well as the connection between people.
Loving Your Life
Dhot Nishpreet Kaur, Rahman Md Aniq, Meidefa Irsyad Basri, Zakhrufullayli Alisya Fazza, Windelyn M. Magalang, Asim-Ur-Rehman, Chloe Pasay
Col / 2’ 54”/ In English with English subtitles
The short film is about the story of Windelyn, a girl who is always sad because of her family issues. Her loyal and charming friends comfort and encourage her whenever she is upset. This is how Windelyn learns to embrace the adversity and love her life.
Not Even Close to Any K-Drama Ever
Lean Shrestha, Dewan Simran, Nirvana Thapa, Carl Jovellanos, Hermoza Josiah Joel Carlos
Col / 6’ 54” /In English with English subtitles
Seolhyun is an ordinary woman. One day, destiny let her meet Minho, the son of a wealthy businessman. The two fall in love instantly. However, behind their relationship, a pair of evil hands is destroying their relationship in secret. Will they be able to live happily ever after?
Not So Ever After
Harveer Singh, Karl-Buah Ken, Jnr, Atique Hamza, Butt Abdul Mueed Sajid, Enriquez Janine Ann Lopez, Enriquez Jasmine Ann Lopez, Karen Rei Malapitan Dela Cruz, Alisa Rai
Col / 7’ 24”/ In English with English subtitles
This film is about the story of a poor girl Gale, who longs for education so that she can get a job and make money for her family. One day, Gale gets bullied by a guy while she is studying. Celine, a girl from a rich family helps her which makes Gale fall for her. The romance doesn’t work out, but friendship does.
All About Us
Ten Years: The Poem of Pakistan Premiere

Programme Reschedule Announcement

In order to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, the Student Creative Film Showcase and Ten Years: The Poem of Pakistan Premiere on 1st March 2020 will be cancelled. The programme will be rescheduled, further announcements will be made at ifva All About Us 影像無國界 facebook page, stay tuned!

Racial harmony means people with different racial background seeks common ground while holding differences, and respects each other. But nowadays, is it more like the ethnic culture being engulfed by the mainstream value gradually? In the past ten years, the creative media education programme “All About Us” for ethnic minority youths has trained them on video production and brought out the best from them. We believe that to achieve harmony, we have to conserve the culture of all and spend time together to facilitate a better mutual understanding. “All About Us” has come to its tenth year. Our instructor, Director Chan Hon-yan directed and co-produced the film The Poem of Pakistan with experienced members of the programme. It depicts the struggle and experience of ethnic minority youths living locally.

Supported By
1/3 (Sun) | 2:30pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | Free Admission | With after-screening discussion

The Poem of Pakistan

Chan Hon-yan

Hamid, a young Pakistani, is an insurance and investment broker. No matter how hard he tries, he is always being discriminated by people around him. He only gets along well with his colleague Wai. Every day he works hard to earn a living and even has to make some shortcuts sometimes. One day, Hamid gets annoyed by another Pakistani Khan because of medical claim issue but then meets Khan’s son Hamza who loves Pakistani literature. It brings back Hamid’s memory of his homeland and family back there.

Chan Hon-yan

Chan Hon-yan graduated from the School of Creative Media of City University of Hong Kong and is currently pursuing an MFA at Taipei National University of the Arts. His work Old Man and A Dog (2019) won the Best Screenplay and Audience Award of the 13th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival, which has also been nominated for Golden Horse Award for Best Live Action Short Film and Taipei Film Awards for Best Short Film. His other works include The Backpackers and Close to Heaven.

ifva x Duddell’s x KEF
In/Visible Sound of the City

Programme Reschedule Announcement

Due to the spread of novel coronavirus, ifva x Duddell’s x KEF - In/Visible Sound of the City originally scheduled to be held on 21 Feb 2020 (Fri) at the KEF Music Gallery will be cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The programme will be rescheduled, and further announcements will be made at our Facebook page. Stay tuned!

The images and music of films and the sounds of cities are inseparable. This year, ifva will collaborate with Duddell’s and KEF again to present “In/Visible Sound of the City” showcasing a series of independent short films with music elements added. The 23rd ifva Awards Open Category Finalist Horizon is chosen for the screening and Dr. Wong Chi-chung, an experienced music critic and radio DJ is invited to be the moderator. Before watching the film, the audience can enjoy the music specially selected by Dr. Wong which reflect the present time and can empty one’s mind from the distracting thoughts. In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, the audience will embark on a sensory journey, just like in a parallel universe.

21/2 (Fri) | 7pm-8:30pm | KEF Music Gallery | Reception starts at 6:45pm | With after-screening discussion
Kong Ka-yiu Rony, Kwan Yan-nok, Tse Hei-long, Ho Xi-cei, Chow Yin-man, Lee Chung-yin
Col/ 29’31”/ In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Lee Chi-ho believes in the Flat Earth theory following an encounter with an old man. He debates with his son’s teacher about the Earth, and wants to prove that what he and his son believe in is true. Therefore he decides to borrow the old man’s spaceship to fly into space, and validate the Flat Earth theory.
Short Film Highlights

HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS (NAE) aims at broadening the horizons of Hong Kong creative talent and helping them gain exposure abroad. Seven award-winning titles, screened at 2020 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Market, are brought back to local platform for us to savour the stories magically illustrated with moving images.

Sponsored By
8/3 (Sun) | 3pm | Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre | Hong Kong | DCP | 138’ | Free Admission | With after-screening discussion
Lam Siu-ling, Chen Wenyan, Yeung Mei-yuk
2018 | Col | 10’ 10” | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Before Lunar New Year, 94-year-old grandma was hospitalized for heart failure. After being discharged, the family is worried if it impaired her self-care ability. However, she is gradually restoring her vitality. Day by day, can we eventually reveal the art of life and death?
I Come Empty-Handed
Yim Sheung-man
2019 | Col | 27’ 43” | In Indian, English and Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Talented boxer Rocky is forced to quit boxing for being an asylum seeker. He starts a new life as his coach tries to build him a career and life while staying afloat in Hong Kong...
Ng Ka-kit, Law Chi-wai
2018 | Col | 7’ 20” | No dialogue and subtitles
During a space mission, Brownie, an alien creature, crashed onto Earth in an accident. While trying to contact his home planet, he found nowhere suitable for him as a shelter on Earth. However, after a storm comes a calm…
The Future Past
Cheng Wai-lun
2019 | Col | 18’ 20” | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Everyone wants to change the past for achieving a better future. If you got a chance, what would you like to change most? ...
Choi Trevor
2018 | Col | 25’ 32” | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
A has-been stage director is facing writer's block while developing his new script. One day, he reads a story online which catches his attention. Interested in adapting the story into a play, he searches the author of the story on the Internet, who is happened to be a famous female Internet influencer. After researching her regular online check-in spots, the director begins to wait for her in her favourite cafe...
Soul Printing
Mak Ka-ho
2018 | Col | 3’ 17” | No dialogue and subtitles
Working late at night, she tumbles into a horrid world of delusion, pursued by dreadful souls. While she is hiding in the printing room...
Balance Breakers
Lee Ka-yin
2019 | Col | 10’ 30” | No dialogue and subtitles
Controlled by a secret order – “Balance”, this is a city where everyone needs to pay for everything. Sister and Brother, who had to work all day long for a living, always hit a snag in their daily life. A blessing in disguise, Sister luckily entered a grand competition with a chance to get rich in one day…

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