Short Films Competition
* 48 hours time window
* 48 hours time window
Singapore, Thailand | 2020 | 13′ | Cantonese, Mandarin| Group: A
Director: Derrick Lui
Rose is a lonely 75 year-old woman who lives alone and longs for the attention of her family – which she never gets. Her life changes one day when they all unexpectedly arrive on her doorstep.
ELEPHANT IN THE CAR（Bundle A）
Mainland China | 2020 | 17′ | Uyghur, Mandarin | Group: B
Director: Ikram Nurmehmet
Beijing. Xiao works late and orders an Uber carpool to take her home. The driver picks up two boisterous Uyghur boys and she starts to feel uncomfortable that she can’t understand what they are saying. And when the driver hits it off with them and they play loud music, Xiao feels even more excluded and asks the driver to drop her off.
FENCING DISTANCE（Bundle A）
Hong Kong SAR | 2019 | 23′ | Cantonese | Group: A
Director: Hei Long Tse
Yan-Sin always treats Hoi-Lam as her imaginary enemy in the high school fencing team. In the last Inter-School Fencing Competition, Yan-Sin is determined to beat her, no matter what it takes.
Mainland China | 2019 | 20′ | Mandarin | Group: B
Director: Yue Jiao
San is unable to face up to the accidental death of a friend on a shooting trip. Three years later he gets into an altercation with Dong, another friend from the shooting party, over a property demolition issue. Eventually Dong takes San back to the scene of the accident to face up to the facts.
THE SMOKE THAT BLINDS US（Bundle B）
Hong Kong SAR, Japan | 2019 | 30′ | Cantonese, Japanese | Group: B
Director: Yu Man Lai
Anna is a physiotherapist who tells her patients that recovery takes time. But she has a wound that goes far deeper than the physical: she cannot accept the death of her first child, and her second son is suffering as a result. Despairing at her grief, she seeks help from a religious group in Japan. On a holy mountain, can the ritual fire melt the ice between mother and son?
THE CUP（Bundle B）
Singapore | 2020 | 17′ | Teochew, Cebuano | Group: B
Director: Mark Chua, Li Shuen Lam
A man with a brewing machine for a head, discontent with the bland taste of the brew from his own body, attempts to do what he can to improve its flavour. Shot while the film-makers were confined to their home during lockdown in Singapore, the surreal The Cup is a meditation on the flattening out of life as we know during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMPTY SKY（Bundle A）
Macao SAR | 2020 | 19′ | Cantonese | Group: B
Director: Kun Ieong Chiang
Wa Kin is a man with a mild intellectual disability living in Butterfly Valley in Macao. His only wish is to live the life of an ordinary man and be capable of being a good father to the son who no longer lives with him. One day, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a neglected seven year-old girl who has recently moved into the complex with her mother.
Macao SAR | 2020 | 17′ | Mandarin, Minnan Language| Group: B
Director: Lou Ian Io
Elderly Tian Meiyun spends her final years in solitude in her old house. One day, a young couple arrives with a baby in tow, looking to rent a room. Seeing the baby in their arms, Tian Meiyun opens her doors to them. And when the young couple leaves the baby alone at home one evening, Tian Meiyun breaks into their room and holds the child, flooding her mind with past memories.
FRAGILE MOON（Bundle B）
USA | 2019 | 24′ | Mandarin | Group: A
Director: Phyllis Tam
An elderly immigrant lives with his wife in Los Angeles, barely able to pay the rent each month. He is desperately trying to save enough money to return to China to visit his dying mother and his past life as a Peking Opera performer could hold the key.
ENDLESS CHAIN OF LIES（Bundle B）
Hong Kong SAR | 2019 | 17′ | Cantonese| Group: B
Director: Liknifena, Hoi Yan Lee
Hong Kong. Night. A young woman enters the 24-hour self-service laundry and slams her bag of clothes on the floor. Only one other customer is inside – a young man busily texting his client. They both silently go about their chores, but before the night is over, this chance encounter in the repressed city will have saved both of their souls.