2016 Kaohsiung Film Festival World Premiere 12 "Kaohsiung Shorts" Showing New Directors' Diversified Ideas
The 16th Kaohsiung Film Festival (KFF) was opened on October 21 (Taiwan time). Directors and cast of the opening films, Forêt Debussy and DIAS-POLICE, also attended at the opening ceremony and shared their thoughts with the audience after the screening of both films.
This year, many feature films and shorts choose Kaohsiung Film Festival as their world premiere. Among them, short films of the sponsorship program "Kaohsiung Shorts," which keeps sponsoring new directors to make Taiwan a new base of short films, are hot topics among film lovers.
Stills from 《Arnie》
In this year's KFF, "Kaohsiung Shorts" consists of 12 short films, including Love after Time by Tsung-Han TSAI, a winner of Best Original Screenplay of Golden Horse Awards; Arnie, a nomination of 2016 Cannes Festival International Critics' Week, by Rina B. TSOU; Xiao Hsiang Xiao Yi by Zi-En WU, a winner of Taiwan Student Award of KFF International Short Film Competition; Rocky 's Sightline by Po-Tsang HUANG, a winner of Youth Film Festival; Arterial by Olivier MARCENY, the French editor of Flowers Of Taipei - Taiwan New Cinema; You Are My Sunshine by J HUANG, the assistant director of Seediq Bale; Rainy Season by Sebrina ZHENG; The Boss by Evan WU; 100th Birthday Wish by Chien-Hung LIEN; Babes' Not Alone by Yi-Shan LEE; and two experimental documentaries Oh! What Beautiful Smokestacks (by Tay-Jou LIN) and Phantom Cinema (by Li-Ming CHENG).
Stills from 《Rainy Season》
Made by Rina B. TSOU, a new Philippine-Taiwanese director, Arnie portrays bitter memories and sweet dreams of foreign workers from a realism aspect. The main actor of the film is a true Philippine fisher. The short film was nominated by the short film competition of International Critics' Week of Cannes Film Festival, which made Rina B. TSOU one of the best known new directors recently.
After his Golden Horse Awards' Best Original Screenplay winning Winds of September and My Grandma, Tsung-Han TSAI has directed another film work. Nana LEE and Hong-Chi LEE, two winners of Golden Horse Awards' Best New Performer, act as two nuclear disaster survivors who have to fight against their sufferings due to limited resources for their lives and love. It is indeed a fresh short since such an apocalypse setting is seldom seen in Taiwanese films.
Having worked as the assistant director of Seediq Bale and KANO, J HUANG has teamed up with excellent artists in his first directed work You Are My Sunshine. Produced by Shu-Yu LIN, the director of Winds of September, and filmed by Jing-Ping YU, the cinematographer of Winds of September, You Are My Sunshine is a semi-autobiography of the director. It is a story of a seven-year-old single child and his alien and unfamiliar feelings toward his mother when they live together, told from the child's aspect.
Stills from 《Arterial》
Having been the cinematographer and the editor of Flowers Of Taipei - Taiwan New Cinema, Olivier MARCENY has brought us his first drama film Arterial to tell a story of "hunting for blood." This French-style action thriller will definitely give new blood to the field of Taiwanese movies.
The sponsorship program of "Kaohsiung Shorts" started in 2013. Sponsoring 10 short films every year, the program has funded 30 film works with unique styles so far, including Rotterdam International Film Festival short film competition nominated The Palace on the Sea by Midi Z, the director of The Road to Mandalay; Sonje Award of Pusan International Film Festival winning film Nia's Door; and The Death of a Security Guard, a winner of Best Short Film of Golden Horse Awards, by Wei-Hao CHENG. "Kaohsiung Shorts" has helped many directors to earn more reputation in the industry thanks to their shorts being successful, and now these directors has been developing their own feature film works. It is fair to say that "Kaohsiung Shorts" has become one of the most important factors in promoting Taiwanese films.
Kaohsiung Film Festival will be held until November 6. Except for "Kaohsiung Shorts," KFF will also screen three documentary works in the program of "Landscape of Kaohsiung," including Fantasy, a documentary of the rise and fall of the 100-year history of Ciaotou Sugar Refinery, directed by the director duo of the widely-known documentary Let It Be: Yen/Cres CHUAN; Present Past, which portrays lives of SKB factory workers, directed by Hui-Ju HSU; and Wang-Ching Ke's Echo in the Valley, a documentary about indigenous workers' "Lin-ban songs." All these documentaries will world premiere during November 1-2.
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