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SHORT FILM COMPETITION 2013 – SCREENING SCHEDULE

The 20 finalists, selected for the JCCA’s Short Film Competition, hail from Asia, Europe and the Americas and are competing for the Grand Prize, Jury Prize and Special Prize (Hong Kong). The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala evening on April 2, 2013.

Short Film Competition Programme I

Japanese superhero versus monster tropes are hilariously used to explore the impact of Hong Kong’s rising cost of housing in One.Superhero; The Search for Inspiration Gone (UK) is a classically silent, experimental fantasy in which a poet seeks inspiration by observing a divine couple; the hypnotically powerful Days of Awe (UK) uses a
single tracking shot and a series of phone calls to ask whether an act of hate is ever forgivable; the monochrome animation in The Piping of Heaven (China) visualises the rift between ancient and modern beliefs as a young woman conducts a search for self and freedom; and from Australia comes The Man Who Could Not Dream, a wry, surreal and tragic fantasy about the power of imagination.

Date:24 March 2013
Time: 7:15PM
Venue: Hong Kong Science Museum Lecture Hall
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Short Film Competition Programme II

In Machinehead (USA), abstract stop motion puppet animation illustrates a man’s attempts to both escape and discover his own subconscious; in the mountains of Vietnam, the H’Mong Sisters (Hong Kong/Vietnam) expose the outside threats to their way of life and the impact of cross-cultural relations to a tourist; a young piano tuner with aspirations of professional performance desperately looks for a missing conservatory acceptance letter in The Tuner (Brazil); from Taiwan, the animated The Present follows a pious married man and his delusional, rebuffed suitor over the course of one obsessive day; and Lucrecia’s Wound (Mexico) gracefully proves some wounds demand help in healing as an isolated woman recovering from an illness finds empathy with a stranger.

Date: 24 March 2013
Time: 9:30 PM
Venue: Hong Kong Science Museum Lecture Hall
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Short Film Competition Programme III

The painterly computer animated Seong (Hong Kong) wonders if our modern quest for material wealth has left us room for personal aspirations; Tati meets Lynch in the experimental Room 606 (Switzerland/Germany) where a travelling glass eye salesman checks into an odd hotel for a tumultuous and very long night; a neorealist tour through the Puerto Rican drug world finds a lowly dealer taking an ambitious stand against his boss in My Holy Gaze (Puerto Rico); It’s Not a Cowboy Movie (France) listens in as four teens on recess have a raw and conflicted discussion about sexuality after seeing a famous cowboy romance on television; and in The Social Contract (Switzerland), a lonely boy goes to disturbing extremes to gain playground acceptance.

Date: 31 March 2013
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Hong Kong Science Museum Lecture Hall
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Short Film Competition Programme IV

Using monochromatic, earthy animation that reflects the film’s main road, the absurd and pointed Tunnel (Iran) follows a shepherd herding his flock beneath the Gaza Strip; the hand-drawn black and white images of Love Games (South Korea) chronicles the romantic protocols that lovers often observe; Spain’s Webbed finds two creatures that spin webs — by choice or by chance — and brings them together at a curious wedding; More than Ice Cream is a portrait of one of Hong Kong’s toughest, most resilient senior citizens and a life lesson for anyone a fraction of his age; and in Night Shift (New Zealand), an airport worker existing amongst us but living on the periphery crafts a life from what others leave behind.

Date: 31 March 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue:Hong Kong Science Museum Lecture Hall
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