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"HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS" Local Online Short Film Selection: Wish You Are Well

Venue: Online for a limited-time  
Date: 2020.05.02 - 2020.05.03
Price: Free of charge 
"HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS" Local Online Short Film Selection: Wish You Are Well
As the pandemic continues to evolve, countries around the globe are implementing social distancing and isolation measures. While with this extra time spending at home, are you and your family, relatives, friends getting closer or drifting apart?
HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS is bringing you two online screening programmes this long weekend. Five local short films that had been invited to overseas festivals will be showcased, presenting you five stories of intimate and alienated relationships.
Online Screening Line-up: 
2/5 (Sat) 2pm & 7pm | See You Once Again, Bright Spring Days, This Pair 
3/5 (Sun) 2pm & 7pm | From Here To There, Goldberg Variations 
Ticketing and screening procedures: 
1. Register at HKAC website
2. Confirmed emails will be sent out a day before the screening
3. HKAC will send you the video link and password via email, 30 minutes before the screening time
4. The link and password valids 2 hours from the screening time
Register now
For any enquiries, please contact us via email mi01@hkac.org.hk 


2/5 (Sat) 2pm & 7pm | See You Once Again, Bright Spring Days, This Pair 

See You Once Again
Director: Jane Leung
Hong Kong | 2014 | 14' | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour
It was the time when thousands of families left Hong Kong to look for a ‘better future’. After almost 20 years of separation, here comes the reunion dinner for a father and his daughter. The awkward distance between the two make them seem like strangers, but deep in their hearts hide their missing for each other. Memories intertwined with the present, both of them know that what really matters is your beloved ones are all well.

"Through screening of my film, I feel like I have shared a lot on Asian culture with audience from another side of the world. We had an oppontunity to visit a large-scale film studio in London and exchanged different views on productions and films with producers. It was a very meaningful trip as this was my first time attending festivals outside Asia. The visit has made me believe that my film career can go further.” — Shared by Jane Leung, director of See You Once Again, after attending the 6th Chinese Visual Festival in the United Kingdom, under the sponsorship of NAE.


Bright Sping Days
Director: Yeh Ka-lun
Hong Kong | 2018 | 25' | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour
Kuen is a lounge singer on Temple Street. Her son Kakei, now a university student, returns to Hong Kong for just a few days after emigrating to Canada with his father. Kuen's colleague Kit has to work overnight and enlists Kuen’s help to take care of her young son. During the sleepless night, Kuen and Ka-kei relive their past and envisage their future through another pair of mother and son. Under the bright sun, the cycle of life and family relationships continue, made all the more touching by the nuanced moments of care and concern between each other. Sham Ka-ki of Weeds On Fire plays the son and renders a tender and layered performance full of subtlety.

"Chinese Visual Festival held their screening sessions in the cinema of British Film Institute where mostly classic and independent films are screened. Before the screenings, the staffs delivered leaflets about the films and related interview articles to the audience. It allowed the audience to have some initial ideas of the films before watching them. Besides, There were about 20 seats in the film corner where anyone could watch all the British film collections for free, such as work of British director - Ken Loach. I think this kind of educational practice is really meaningful and worth to follow." — Shared by Yeh Ka-lun, director of Bright Spring Days after attending the 8th Chinese Visual Festival in the United Kingdom, under the sponsorship of NAE.


This Pair
Director: Wong Yee-mei
Hong Kong | 2010 |  30' | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour
Why does Old Granny seem less lovable as she ages? 82-year-old Granny lives with her fifth son in Guangzhou apartment, but spends most of the time by herself. Two of her children are dead, another two have their own families, and a further two divide their time between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The only connection among members of this family seems to be the annual grave sweeping ceremony.
"This is a good chance for filmmakers to exchange ideas on moving images and the society. Meanwhile, Busan is an awesome place for shooting. It would be a good chance for filmmakers in Hong Kong to make their work here. They can cooperate with local filmmakers and also know more about their logistics in filmmaking. In general, I found that the general public in Korea really respect filmmakers. They do appreciate the local work and show support to the festival. I sincerely hope to see this high level of film appreciation in Hong Kong in the near future." — Shared by Wong Yee-mei Melanie, director of THIS PAIR after attending the Busan International Film Festival in Korea, under the sponsorship of NAE


3/5 (Sun) 2pm & 7pm | From Here To There, Goldberg Variations

From Here to There
Director: Wong Yee-lam
Hong Kong | 2012 | 28' | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour 

Jae and Him were inseparable as teenagers. Their bond was so strong that it went far beyond just a normal friendship. However, like many schoolyard friendships, the two eventually had a falling out and stopped seeing each other. A decade later, the wedding of a common friend reunites the two, bringing back the hostilities that drove them apart in the first place. When Him gets drunk at the wedding party, Jae is asked to drive him home. A simple night drive across the city turns into a journey to their complicated past as they make detours to old landmarks and we see the events that led to their fallout. Will they be able to bury the hatchet, and will they be able to continue their friendship from where they left off?

“Being able to be in Cannes to be a part of this prestigious event is just mind-blowing. Festival de Cannes – Short Film Corner was an eye-opener for me. Not only did I see international high quality productions, but I was also greatly inspired from the exchanges and discussions with other foreign filmmakers, as well as producers. This would definitely be beneficial to my future creative work. ” — Shared by Wong Yee-lam Norris, director of From Here to There after attending Short Film Corner, the 66th Festival de Cannes in France, under the sponsorship of NAE.


Goldberg Variations
Director: Jolyon Cheung
Hong Kong | 2014 | 21' | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | HD | Colour 
Music is the common language that draws people together. Johann Bach’s Goldberg Variations brings the two lonely and unrelated people in the film - an inconspicuous mid-aged man Joe and a once popular actress Shu closer. A subtle and occasional encounter takes place in the remote country side where Joe is the night shift storekeeper and Shu goes to the area for shooting. When Joe plays this particular work of Bach, Shu is touched and shares with him her miserable life experiences. He feels that there is a bonding between them until he attempts to explore more into this illusive “relationship”.
“By participating in the 68th Festival de Cannes, I got to know directors, producers and film commentators from different parts of the world. A short film producer from Chile likes my short film, hence recommended me to attend the upcoming Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. On the other side, I received a screening invitation from the 12th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival in South Korea after I came back to Hong Kong, and I went there to participate in the film festival last August. To a filmmaker, it is crucial for us to receive new inspirations and culture exchanges.” — Shared by Jolyon Cheung, director of Goldberg Variations, after attending the Short Film Palme d-or & Short Film Corner – 69th Festival de Cannes in France and the 12th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival in South Korea, under the sponsorship of NAE.
Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Sponsored by: Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Special thanks: Jane Leung, Yeh Ka-lun and Fresh Wave Film Festival Limited, Wong Yee-mei, Wong Yee-lam, Jolyon Cheung

Organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS (NAE) provides subsidies for Hong Kong short film and animation filmmakers to participate in international film festivals and competitions. NAE aims at broadening the horizons of local creative talent and helping them gain exposure abroad. Successful applicants will receive subsidies to cover the costs of a round trip air-ticket, hotel accommodation and festival/competition event pass with an expenditure ceiling of HK$50,000*.

For further details, please visit: www.naehk.com
*Applicants should comply with the terms and conditions set out under “On Application”.


Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organisers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.


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