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2018 11/07

The 2018 Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition Award Winners Announced

 The 2018 Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition

Award Winners Announced

 

After several deliberations over the past six months, the Kaohsiung Film Festival (KFF)’s 8th International Short Film Competition finally revealed this year’s award winners on 27th October. Winners were announced jointly by jury members: Director Ko-Shang Shen, Golden Horse best leading actress Shiang-Chyi Chen, KFF International Short Film Competition consultant and veteran film critic Ryan Cheng, PIA Film Festival director Keiko Araki and Busan International Short Film Festival programmer Sébastien Simon. This year, KFF also host the very first international VR competition in Taiwan. The top prize, Best VR Narrative Award, was announced by Liz Rosenthal, programmer for the Venice International Film Festival’s Venice VR, Michael Swierczynski, director of the NewImages festival in Paris, and Taiwanese director John Hsu, whose VR short Your Spiritual Temple Sucks entered the New Frontier program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

The 2018 KFF International Short Film Competition’s top honor, the USD$10,000 International Grand Prize was awarded to Polish short Tremors by Dawid Bodzak. The Jury Prize of International Competition section went to Shadow Animals by Swedish director Jerry Carlsson. Coproduced by Taiwan and Singapore, Wei-Liang Chiang’s Nyi Ma Lay won the Asian New Wave Award, while South Korean director Eun-Mi Kwak’s A Hand-written Poster received the Formosa Vision Award.     

 

The Taiwan Grand Prize, considered KFF’s biggest honor for Taiwanese short, went to Li-Yue Chang’s To Heaven, to Gather, with USD$6,000 prize money. The Jury Prize for Taiwan Competition was awarded to Chieh Yang’s Tail End of the Year. Wen-Shuo Hsueh’s Lovely Sundays won the Taiwan Student Award, while Feng-I Fiona Roan’s Jie Jie received a Special Mention.

 

For the VR Competition, the Best VR Narrative Award went to BattleScar by Nico Casavecchia and Martin Allais, with USD$6,000 prize money. In addition, this year KFF also invited thirteen children aged 10 to 12 to form a Children’s Jury. Together they selected their favorite short, Drawn to Trouble by Norwegian director Jim S. Hansen to be the winner of the Children’s Jury Award.

 

KFF’s International Short Film Competition has come to its eighth edition, and now it has become the second biggest short film competition in Asia. This year, 3,203 short films from 93 countries were submitted for the Competition. After five-hour final jury deliberation, nine award winners were finally determined. Among all, Tremors, the International Grand Prize winner, truly impressed the jury. Jury member and PIA Film Festival’s director Keiko Araki praised the film for its unique use of sound and outstanding expression of solitude. Youth is a universal theme that is often explored by many filmmakers, but Tremors truly brings out more complex and subtle layers of teenagers’ life. Director Dawid Bodzak expressed his gratitude to the jury when receiving the award. He stressed that the award made him realize once again cinema is a universal language that could transcend different cultures.  

 

Director Li-Yue Chang’s To Heaven, to Gather won the top prize of Taiwan Competition this year. Jury member Chen Shiang-Chyi complimented Chang on his simple and pure technique to capture a child’s innocent mind. “It’s not easy to direct a three-year-old boy, not to mention he had to perform with an animal.” Chang said he’d spent more than seven years to prepare for the production. “I hope to use the simplest scripts to tell a complex story.” To Heaven, to Gather’s executive producer is Li-Fen Chien, and Christopher Doyle is the cinematographer of the film. 

 

Given the current trend of somatosensory technology, KFF established the international VR Competition section this year. The very first winner of the Best VR Narrative Award was BatterScar co-produced by France and USA. It was highly acclaimed by the jury with its excellent storytelling, aesthetics and technique. It follows the female protagonist into New York City’s Punk scene in the late 1970s. The shifting perspectives and immersive environments feature in the film well demonstrate the power of VR storytelling.  

 

In addition, in the International Competition section, Shadow Animals, the Jury Prize winner was highly recognized for its exceptional camera work and the actors’ strong performance. The Asian New Wave Award winner Nyi Ma Lay uses pure cinematic language to tell a story that leads viewers to transcend linear narrative and creates multiple layers of time and space. Director Wei-Liang Chiang revealed that the film was originally made out of anger. It tells a suicide incident of a young female migrant worker and hopes to raise the public’s awareness on the issue.

 

A Hand-written Poster by Eun-Mi Kwak received the Formosa Vision Award. The jury members were impressed by its mise-en-scène and the engrossing tension throughout the film. Kwak said the film reflects on the political issue in South Korea. It was filmed in one single shot and the shooting process was rather difficult. She was delighted to receive the award from KFF, and hope more people could see the film.

 

As for the Taiwan Competition section, the jury admitted that there had been a fierce competition this year. The Jury Prize eventually went to Chieh Yang’s Tail End of the Year. Jury member and Busan International Short Film Festival programmer Sébastien Simon pointed out that the actors’ performance was remarkably authentic in the film. Director Yang mentioned this was the third consecutive year for her work to be the finalist at KFF, and she was thrilled to finally receive an award. She also thanked the actors and crew she’d worked with, for their dedication to bringing a Taiwanese New Year Eve in 1988 back to life.

 

The KFF team also received many remarkable Taiwanese student shorts this year. The Taiwan Student Award’s winner, Lovely Sundays by director Wen-Shuo Hsueh is a refreshing work that tells a migrant workers’ story from their own point of view. Jury member Keiko Araki praised Hsueh for his perfect execution as a director. Lastly, Feng-I Fiona Roan’s Jie Jie received the Special Mention recognition. The jury was especially amazed at Roan’s precise direction and the unity of actors’ performance in the film.

 

Aside from the above-mentioned nine major awards, the Children’s Jury Award selected by thirteen elementary school students went to Norwegian short, Drawn to Trouble. Collaborating with Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation, this was the first time KFF host a Children’s Jury during the festival. The “little” jury members claimed that the selection process was rather difficult since all the finalists had their own unique characteristics. Drawn to Trouble uses special effects to combine live action and animation, and the mixing reality and fiction in the film truly made the jury feel magical.

 

The 2018 Kaohsiung Film Festival came to a close on 4th November 2018. The Kaohsiung VR Film Lab program is to make a tour to Taipei and screen at Bopiliao Historic Block from 9th to 11th November. For detailed information, please go to the KFF official website www.kff.tw or KFF Facebook page www.facebook.com/TaiwanKFF.


 

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2018 KFF International Short Film Competition_Awards Winners

國際競賽 International Competition

獎項/Award

片名/Film Title

導演/Director

國家/Country

國際火球大獎

International Grand Prize

顫動青春
Tremors

大衛茲波札克

Dawid BODZAK

波蘭

Poland

評審團大獎

Jury Prize

只有影子知道

Shadow Animals

傑瑞卡爾森

Jerry CARLSSON

瑞典

Sweden

亞洲新浪潮大獎

Asian New Wave Award

妹妹

Nyi Ma Lay

曾威量

Wei-Liang CHIANG

台灣、新加坡

Taiwan, Singapore

美麗島議題獎

Formosa Vision Award

簽怒

A Hand-Written Poster

郭恩美

Eun-Mi KWAK

南韓

South Korea

 

台灣競賽 Taiwan Competition

獎項/Award

片名/Film Title

導演/Director

國家/Country

台灣火球大獎

Taiwan Grand Prize

一起去天堂

To Heaven, to Gather

張立約

Li-Yue CHANG

台灣

Taiwan

評審團大獎

Jury Prize

年尾巴

Tail End of the Year

楊婕

Chieh YANG

台灣

Taiwan

台灣學生獎

Taiwan Student Award

第一廣場

Lovely Sundays

薛文碩

Wen-Shuo HSUEH

台灣

Taiwan

評審團特別獎

Special Mention

姊姊

JIE JIE

阮鳳儀

Feng-I Fiona ROAN

 

 

VR競賽 VR Competition

獎項/Award

片名/Film Title

導演/Director

國家/Country

最佳VR敘事短片獎

Best VR Narrative Award

紐約龐克

BattleScar

尼克卡薩維奇亞

馬丁阿萊斯

Nico CASAVECCHIA

Martin ALLAIS

法國、美國

France, USA

 

會外賽--兒童評審團獎 Non-Official Competition- Children’s Jury Award

獎項/Award

片名/Film Title

導演/Director

國家/Country

兒童評審團獎

Children’s Jury Award

神奇畫具的秘密

Drawn to Trouble

吉姆斯漢森

Jim S. HANSEN

挪威

Norway