Short Films

View virtually Saturday August 14 - Sunday August 22

There are two Short Films Blocks.

Live Short Film Block 1: Hopes and Dreams

Director Q&A will be Tues August 17 at 7pm (PDT).

Live Short Film Block 2: Perception

Director Q&A will be Wed August 18 at 7pm (PDT).

Turn Around and Run 少年偷竊記
Director: Yu-Che Wu 吳語哲

Short Film Block 1: Hopes and Dreams

Director Wu will be at the Q&A session on Tues Aug 17 at 7pm (PDT)

 

His mom promised she would watch and cheer for him at his table tennis match if he made it to the school competition. However, he’s not a good player and his old table tennis paddle broke during training. Most im

portantly, his father disapproves of him playing table tennis…

威威和離開家的媽媽約好了,若是他能打進桌球比賽,媽媽就會到場邊替他加油。然而,威威球打得不好、球拍壞掉了,更麻煩的是,爸爸還很討厭他打球⋯⋯

 

This film is the graduation production of Director Wu. And it has won multiple awards.

本片為國立臺灣藝術大學電影學系學生創作短片。入圍2019 年第41屆金穗獎學生組最佳劇情片,於第二屆淡捲影展中拿下多項大獎,並獲選2018 年新北市學生影像新星獎年度優選影片。

 

This film was recommended by our friends at FFIFA (Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards 福爾摩沙國際電影節).

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Good Hands Good Feet 好手好腳
Director: Marshall Law 馬修羅

Short Film Block 1: Hopes and Dreams

Out of desperation, Howard Chen has no choice but to convince his ex-girlfriend to give a rich old man a hand job in exchange for money. Howard’s ex-girlfriend, Jane Chuang, also out of desperation, makes a bold counter-offer for more money. They work together and finally get the old man to agree to their offer. Now with such a tremendous fortune, they’re finally able to right a few wrongs in their lives and are likely to live happily ever after.

 

年輕人老是被長輩責罵:「明明好手好腳的,為什麼不好好工作!」而時下的社會氛圍,又能將「好手好腳」堆砌到什麼樣的高度呢?

 

Director Marshall Law was born on March 13, 1983 in Taipei, Taiwan. He was raised in a middle class family where his father would urge him to pursue a higher education in the US. Marshall eventually graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design with a MFA film degree and started working as a freelance film director. His career breakthrough came when Voodoo Bear (2012), a short film he directed, won the College Television Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Presented with many offers, Marshall now travels around the world, taking on bigger projects.

 

台灣導演馬修羅在一個小康家庭中長大,家中長輩總是期盼他能到美國深造。美國藝術中心設計學院電影碩士。執導的短片《Voodoo Bear》(2012)在榮獲Academy of Television Arts & Sciences College Television Awards 後逐漸嶄露頭角。現旅居世界各地並持續創作。

 

This film was recommended by our friends at FFIFA (Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards 福爾摩沙國際電影節).

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Grows from Prickles 芒刺
Director: Chin-Ting Lee 李晉廷

Short Film Block 1: Hopes and Dreams

Director Lee will be at the Q&A session on Tues Aug 17 at 7pm (PDT)

 

Yu-Yun, studying in Department of Horticulture, had a nightmare of being struck one night. However, she found that she really had real scaf in real world. Yu-Yun tried her best to find the reason by virtue of the indistinct memory; and she found that this nightmare seems to be related to a psychological trauma in the past. Moreover, this nightmare seemed to exist in the real world.

At the same time, the relationship between Yu-Yun and her best friend Chia-An started to deteriorate. Plucking up the courage and facing herself became the only way to solve the problem.

 

園藝系學生毓昀夢見自己遭到壞人襲擊,醒來時卻發現傷口真實存在。憑藉著模糊不清的記憶,毓昀試圖在生活中尋根究柢,卻發現這場夢與過去的創傷似乎有所關聯,甚至……這根本不是一場夢? 

毓昀不斷探求內心的同時,好友珈安的態度也開始產生變化,兩人之間的矛盾日漸增加。能夠解決問題的方式,竟然是鼓起勇氣、面對自己內心的聲音……?

 

Director Chin-Ting Lee, graduated from the department of Radio and Television in National Chengchi University in Taiwan, is engaged in acting now. He directed “Grows from Prickles” as his graduation production in 2018.

導演李晉廷,政大廣電系畢業,現在正往演員之路發展。本片為2018 年國立政治大學傳播學院畢展劇情片。入圍2018 年福爾摩沙電影櫥窗WOFFF(Windows of Formosa Film Festival)多個獎項。

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Swingin’ 輕鬆搖擺
Director: Shang-Sing Guo 郭尚興

Short Film Block 2: Perception

​Director Q&A on Wed Aug 18 at 7pm (PDT)

When sixth-grader boy Qiu is bullied in school for having gay dads, his stepfather Howard, a flamboyant Jazz trumpet player, must confront his own nightmares of childhood bulling before he can provide his son a feeling of security.

Swingin' is the first dramedy/music film of its kind since Taiwan became the first (and only as of today) country in Asia to legalize same-sex in 2019.

 

十一歲的球球有一對同志爸爸,大家都笑他一定也是GAY!故事發生的這天,他終於向全世界證明他可是很 MAN 的!

 

Director Shan-Sing Guo:

An alumnus of Berlinale Talents and NYU Graduate Film Program, GUO writes, directs and acts for both film and theatre. Notable works include Kong Peh Tshat or: How I Learned to Tell a Lie (2012) that competed in festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, and Only Meal of the Day (2010) that traveled to festivals worldwide.

 

郭尚興 導演 : 台灣導演郭尚興跨足編劇、導演、及演出,活躍於電影與劇場界。紐約大學電影創作所藝術碩士、柏林影展新銳營導演。知名短片包括《說白賊》(2012)、《一碗麵》(2010)。

Year: 2020

Length: 23 min

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A Little Bird Told Me that… 聽說他這個人
Director: Po-Shun Lu 呂柏勳

Short Film Block 2: Perception

The (fake) director invites some friends / interviewees to describe “Mx. ZE” and asks all of them two questions: “How do you think Mx. ZE is?” & “Can you talk more about your memories with Mx. ZE?” Some people cry, and some people laugh, as if “Mx. ZE” were everyone’s best friend. After all the interview is done, the (real) director shows the interview footage to other random strangers, who just know “Mx. ZE” by words and stories of the others. Then, the director asks those strangers to produce a face of “Mx. ZE” by his or her impressions based on the footage. Strangely, “Mx. ZE” looks completely different and seems to have multiple personalities?! How can this be? Does “Mx. ZE” really exists in the real world? Or, is this just a social experimental game that tests the limit of gossip / stereotype?   

 

此實驗性短片帶領觀眾深入刻板印象與流言蜚語的核心。透過群眾受邀觀賞並參與實驗短片的創作,「聽說他這個人」的議題被層層堆疊至思辨的高峰。在當今社會與網路社群文化下,人云亦云聽說的「他」到底是怎樣的一個人呢? 

 

Director Po-Shun Lu: 

Director Po-Shun Lu (BiDiu) was born in 1992, Yun-Lin County, Taiwan. He graduated from the Department of Graphic Communication & Arts and has a simultaneous degree at the Department of Motion Picture, both from National Taiwan University of Arts. Now, LU is a visual storyteller and graphic designer. With his first and extraordinary short WILD TIDES (2017), he won: Best Director Awards both at Taipei Film Festival as well as Golden Harvest Short Film Festival. Moreover, the title was chosen by many film festivals around the world, including IFVA, H.K. and First Film Festival, China. This year, LU will debut multiple works, starting with this interesting mockumentary: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME THAT…(2021)


台灣導演呂柏勳作品常以個人經歷出發,關注影像如何梳理個人生命史,進而擴及至族群的集體狀態。國立臺灣藝術大學圖文傳播藝術學系、雙主修電影學系。首部劇情短片《野潮》(2016)榮獲多項大獎。本部短片獲第43屆金穗獎最佳實驗片入圍。

Year: 2020

Short Film Block 2: Perception

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Hello from Taiwan 你好,從台灣來的
Director: Tiffany Frances 黃咏婷

Short Film Block 2: Perception

​Director Q&A on Wed Aug 18 at 7pm (PDT)

After a year of separation, a young Taiwanese American girl and her mom struggle to reconnect with her dad and two older sisters across familial and cultural divides.

 

時隔一年,爸爸帶著兩個姐姐從台灣回到美國團聚。小女孩發現自己和姐姐之間、還有爸爸與媽媽之間都有了些微的不同。本片為美國電影學院透過AFI DWW 計畫贊助完成。

 

Director Tiffany Frances is a Taiwanese American director and writer working in commercials, music videos, and narrative film. She loves to create character-driven, dramatic storytelling with lyrical visuals. Her work explores stories about women, marginalized voices, and finding surreal moments within authentic situations.

 

Originally from, and currently living in Los Angeles after a decade of living in New York City, Tiffany Frances attended UCSD for undergraduate in Media with a minor in Theatre, and went to Art Center College of Design for her MFA in Directing.

 

黃咏婷是台裔美籍導演與劇作家。其作品跨足商業廣告、音樂MV、與敘事型短片。編導風格著重人物刻畫及影像流動性,擅長挖掘那些經常被忽視的聲音與女性的輪廓,將劇情張力定格在虛實的片刻中。黃咏婷為2020 年美國電影學院American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) 獲選人。

Year: 2021

Length: 16min

Short Film Block 2: Perception

​Director Q&A on Wed Aug 19 at 7pm (PDT)

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Master of Divinity
Director: Eugene Suen 孫向辰

Short Film Block 2: Perception

​Director Suen will be at the Q&A on Wed Aug 18 at 7pm (PDT)

Josh is a struggling filmmaker and ex-seminarian living in LA’s Koreatown. All is well relatively speaking- until one night, his deeply religious wife Irene tells him that God is calling her to quit her job. Starring Jun Kim (“West 32nd”, “Late Autumn”) and Jennifer Soo (“For Izzy”), edited by Oscar-nominated director Daniel Raim (“Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story”), and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung (“Munyurangabo”), “Master of Divinity” is an incisive contemporary comedy about the complicated nature of religious beliefs and human relationship. Written and directed by Eugene Suen in his directorial debut.

 

這個家中住著工作壓力爆表的虔誠基督徒老婆,與再也不相信上帝的待業導演老公。那天在禱告會上,不只牧師、連老公也接收到了神的旨意! 

 

Director Eugene Suen:

Eugene Suen (Writer, Director, Producer) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. He was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. He's produced several award-winning films, including "Abigail Harm" by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Amanda Plummer and Will Patton, which was an official selection at Busan, Torino, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Best Director at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He attended seminary and has worked in film development and as an English-Chinese film consultant. “Master of Divinity” is his directorial debut.

 

台裔美籍孫向辰導演在台灣出生,青少年時期移民至美國。曾於神學院就讀。製作過多部獲獎影片,並為中英雙語影片擔任顧問。本部喜劇短片是他首次執導的處女作。

Year: 2019

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What I Wish You Said
Director: Tiffany Frances 黃咏婷

Short Film Block 2: Perception

​Director Frances will be at the Q&A on Wed Aug 18 at 7pm (PDT)

A young woman in Brooklyn shares a traumatic story in the middle of a date that illicits a response she didn't expect.

 

在#MeToo 運動逐漸受到社會大眾的關注,是什麼讓有些人選擇了沉默?而當她鼓起勇氣說出傷痕時,你聽見了嗎?

Director Tiffany Frances is a Taiwanese American director and writer working in commercials, music videos, and narrative film. She loves to create character-driven, dramatic storytelling with lyrical visuals. Her work explores stories about women, marginalized voices, and finding surreal moments within authentic situations.

 

Originally from, and currently living in Los Angeles after a decade of living in New York City, Tiffany Frances attended UCSD for undergraduate in Media with a minor in Theatre, and went to Art Center College of Design for her MFA in Directing.

 

黃咏婷是台裔美籍導演與劇作家。其作品跨足商業廣告、音樂MV、與敘事型短片。編導風格著重人物刻畫及影像流動性,擅長挖掘那些經常被忽視的聲音與女性的輪廓,將劇情張力定格在虛實的片刻中。黃咏婷為2020 年美國電影學院American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) 獲選人。

Year: 2018

Length: 9min

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