The call for entry for the 2018 SHQFF Short Film Section is now in process. We will soon be conducting the initial review of the submissions. We are all excited to know who will become the finalists.
This year we are happy to have five invited judges to serve on the jury. Working in either academia or industry, they are each esteemed and well experienced in fields such as film, queer theories, and queer film festivals. We are grateful for their support to the festival as judges for the category “Asian Short Film Competition.” They are—
Richard FUNG is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based artist, writer and Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. His documentaries and experimental films and projections have been widely screened including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, as well as at numerous festivals around the world. He is a recipient of the Bell Canada Award for outstanding achievement in video art and the Kessler Award for substantial contribution to LGBTQ Studies. Last year at the opening ceremony, SHQFF screened his two-part documentary series Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians (1986) and Re:Orientations (2016), which are 30 years from each other and center on Canada’s LGBTQ communities with Asian descents.
吕遥 (Lǚ Yáo)
Lǚ Yáo is a film consultant for the Greater China Region at the Berlin International Short Film Festival and an independent filmmaker. She has a Master’s in Comparative Literature from Fudan University and an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. Her short films have been featured in official selections for the 42nd Academy Awards Short Film Nominations, the 32nd Berlin Short Film Festival, the British Vault Film Festival, the Indian Cine Film Festival, the Greek Patmos Film Festival, the Serbian Basta Film Festival, the Romanian Cluj International Short Film Festival, the Berlin New Born Film Festival, the Albania DEA OpenAir International Film Festival, etc. She has also been invited to screen his work at the Belgian Royal Film Academy, Berlin Central and Regional Library, and Luxembourg’s Open Screen.
邱阳 (Qiū Yáng)
Qiū Yáng was born in Changzhou, China and studied at Victoria College of the Arts in Australia. His short film Small Town February won the Short Film Palme D’or at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival, making him the first Chinese director to receive the award. His 2015 film Under the Sunlight was also a finalist in the 68th Cannes International Film Festival Cornerstone Competition and was nominated for the Best Original Short Film Award at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. QIU is now producing his first feature-length film, which has already been shortlisted for the 2016 Rotterdam CineMart Official Selection and the 2017 Cannes Film Cornerstone Project. The script has won the 70th Cannes Film Festival Script Writing Award, which was presented by the National Film Centre of France.
Fran MARTIN is Reader (Associate Professor) in the Screen and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. Her best-known research focuses on representations of queer sexuality in film, television, literature, social media and other forms of cultural production in the contemporary transnational Chinese world. Martin has also worked as a literary translator of queer fiction in Chinese. Her academic books include Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary (Duke University Press, 2010); Situating Sexualities: Queer Representation in Taiwanese Fiction, Film and Public Culture (Hong Kong University Press, 2003); Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction From Taiwan (University of Hawai’i Press, 2003); AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities (co-edited with P. Jackson, M. McLelland and A. Yue; University of Illinois Press, 2008); and Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia (co-edited with C. Berry and A. Yue, Duke University Press, 2003).
Sachiko IMAI is the programmer of Rainbow Reel Tokyo (former Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival), one of the longest-running queer film festivals in Asia. She also works for major film festivals in Japan including Tokyo International Film Festival and Osaka Asian Film Festival. Imai grew up fascinated by storytelling; this led her to studying screenwriting at Nihon University College of Art. After graduating with a BFA in Film, she started her career as a subtitle translator. For over a decade, she has translated numerous foreign films and TV shows, including queer masterpieces such as Weekend, Stranger by the Lake, Tom of Finland, The L Word and the original Queer Eye series. In 2017, she served as a jury member for Teddy Award at Berlin International Film Festival.
Only three weeks remain until the submission deadline for the 2018 SHQFF Short Film Section. Send us your film now if you haven’t done so. We can’t wait to see your queer story.
This year, under SHQFF’s Short Film Section, we have created two categories where you can choose to submit your entry: “Asian Short Film Competition” and “World Short Film Screening.” Six awards will be offered in the category of “Asian Short Film Competition”: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Grand Jury Award. Films selected for the out-of-competition category “World Short Film Screening” will not receive awards but will be screened as part of the festival’s official selection.
We will announce the finalists in July on our official WeChat account. Stay tuned!