International Short Film Competition of 2016 Kaohsiung Film Festival Has Announced 72 Finalists from 30 Countries for
Its NT$1,000,000 Reward
Kaohsiung Film Festival (KFF) has announced finalists for "the 6th International Short Film Competition." 72 short films from 30 countries will compete with each other for 7 awards, including "Kaohsiung Award," and a total of US$30,000 rewards. All nominated shorts will be screened at Kaohsiung Film Archive and Spot Huashan to present a unique, Kaohsiung-Taipei cooperated "superb feast of short films." Except for screening in the theaters, people can also watch these short films via "KFF Cloud Cinema APP" during the period of KFF anywhere in Taiwan.
The first KFF "International Short Film Competition" was held in 2011, and the competition has attracted many talented directors from Taiwan and other countries since. In 2014, KFF launched the first film festival APP "KFF Cloud Cinema" to open a new era of watching movies. With the APP, cinephile can choose whether they want to enter a theater to enjoy the best screening quality, or simply watch all nominated shorts on their own mobile device.
Stills from 《Anchorage Prohibited》
In 2016, from 87 countries, a total of 2,565 works have participated in the competition. After 4 months of multiple rounds, 72 works have been chosen as finalists, including three world premieres of Burma Monk Life by Yong-Chao LEE (Taiwan), Sophia and Josh by Chieh YANG (Taiwan), Quebra-Cabeça by Ollivier BRIAND (France) and other 17 Asia premieres. Nominated finalists include latest short films by well-known directors like Denis CÔTÉ (Canada), Gabriel ABRANTES (Portugal), Koji YAMAMURA (Japan) and Witold GIERSZ (Poland). Taiwan also hits a record high: 20 short films are nominated, including Anchorage Prohibited, the winner of Audi Short Film Award of 2016 Berlin International Film Festival; Arnie, a nominee of the short film competition of International Critics' Week of Cannes Film Festival; Nia's Door, the winner of the best Asian Short Film of Busan International Film Festival; Ping Pong Coach, the winner of the best student short film of Tribeca Film Festival; and Keep Going, the winner of Gold Award of Youth Film Festival, which is said to be the highest honor for Taiwanese college student short film directors.
Stills from 《Aenie》
What is notable is that many directors of nominated Taiwanese works this year have cross-cultural backgrounds. Wei-Liang CHIANG, Kek-Huat LAU, Yong-Chao LEE and Albert Ventura ROLDÁN are from Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Spain, while Rina B. TSOU is a Filipino Taiwanese. In addition, Yi LIU, Chieh YANG and Hsuan-Kuang HSIEH currently live in foreign countries. To these directors, issues regarding foreign workers, nostalgia and cultural conflicts are their real life situations and inspiration to make works which reflect on our society from different aspects. Several experimental short films, like Letter #69, which is inspired by letters of prisoners in White Terror period; The Islands, which uses photos and daily objects to examine the idea of national identity; and Bloody Dairy, which presents 100 GIF animations made daily in 100 days to portray everyday life, also attracted judges' eyes when selecting finalists.
Stills from 《Nia's Door》
2016 Kaohsiung Film Festival will be opened on October 21th. 72 excellent short films will compete with each other for Kaohsiung Award and its US$10,000 reward. Other awards include Fantasy Fireball Award, which has a reward of US$5,000, Green S.O.S. Award, Animation Award, and two Taiwanese director exclusive awards: Taiwan Award and Taiwan Student Award. The final result of the competition will be announced on the night of October 29th (Taiwan Time).