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Short Film Section Official Selection Announced | 2018 SHQFF

Short Film Section Official Selection Announced | 2018 SHQFF
After a careful selection process, the 2018 Shanghai Queer Film Festival Short Film Section Official Selection has just been released! To present a better representation of queer culture in Asia and around the world, this year the Shanghai Queer Film Festival Short Film Section has been divided into two units: the Asian Short Film Competition and the World Short Film Screening. In the past three months, we have received more than 100 short films from all over the world. We would like to thank all of you for your enthusiastic participation. Today, we are pleased to announce the 17 films of our Official Selection, including 8 official shortlisted films for the Asian Short Film Section and 9 official entries for the World Short Film Screening.

All selected films will be screened during the film festival in September.

2018 SHQFF

Official Selections for Asian Short Film Section

Slingshot PrinceSixin Lin, the United States/China
It’s 1995 in a small town in the south of China and 12-year-old Tomboy girl is an embarrassment to her family who values her younger brother far more than her. Tomboy girl has decided to dress like a boy, think like a man and count the days until she can leave her village and find a place where she can be treated as an equal. The boys in her school are threatened by Tomboy girl’s independence and decide to teach her a lesson by cornering her in a dark alley and sexually molesting her. Determined to avenge this injustice, Tomboy girl chases the boys through town, picking them off one-by-one with her slingshot.
Feverish Xinyuan Zheng Lu, the United States
Val, Max, Alix and Jonathan. They love then are apart. By the end of the day, the only loyalty to Val is music, to Max is freedom, to Alix is joy. Jonathan looks just like Max. “I can imagine my life without you, I just don’t  know if it will be better.” – Val
Red Yuchao Feng, the United States
A teen finds comfort, freedom, and affirmation in dressing in “women’s clothing,” until they see their father on the street.
Pink Pill Xiaoshan Xie, China
The story happened in a small town in China. Zhang He, a girl in high school. She was found to be a lesbian and then being bullied. Li Bo, likes her very much. He tries so hard to protect her. One day, he was told that maybe aphrodisiac could cure her gayness. Will it? Can he really change her? Or only destroy them both?
Old NarcissusTsuyoshi Shoji, Japan
An old picture book writer named Yamazaki, having been handsome as a young gay man, grows narcissistic of his beauty. But now, can’t bear his own aging. One night, Yamazaki meets a young and beautiful man named Leo. Yamazaki collapses during an S&M session with Leo, and reveals his agony. But it’s lost on young Leo. Yamazaki turns to hurting himself in order to bear his own reflection in the mirror….
Tidal Yanxun Li,Taiwan
It’s about a tidal like relationship. Ocean, a boy who grew in a small island. He has a taboo relationship with Tide, a sailor who regularly dock the island. On once Tide’s docking. Ocean is going to tell Tide that he had convinced his mother to let him go sailing. On the other hand, Tide has been concealing his married identity to Ocean. And he decided to end their romance.
Sorry For The InconvenienceCarl Chavez, the Philippines
JOSHUA, a timid teenager, comes home one night after beaten up by the school’s bully. Feeling the urge to avenge himself, he decides to take matters into his own hands. But things don’t go as planned. Now, he is left with no choice but to seek help from his policeman father.
Uninvited Seung Yeob Lee, Korea
Jungho’s mom comes up to Seoul and visits Jungho’s place in a sudden and Jungho is not comfortable with her sudden visit.
2018 SHQFFOfficial Selections for World Short Film Screening
Little Boy Blue Andreas Samuelson, Sweden
A boy and his two fathers are visited night time by a mysterious stranger.
Jimi Vall Peterson, Sweden
Emil and Adam are two guys in their 20’s. They are close friends, and after a night at the movies, Emil is going to sleep over at Adam’s. Emil has unspoken feelings for Adam – feelings that are tested when they are sleeping in the same double bed. A film about friendship and the longing for something more.
DIVA Adam Csoka Keller, the United Kingdom
Cries of ‘DIVA’ are known to ring out in the drag bar as well as the opera house. In this surreal queer fantasia on classical music, Baroque iconography, and scandalous first-century verse, drag prima donna Divina de Campo premieres an original operatic aria with chamber orchestra by composer V. R. Alevizos. Europe’s historic concert halls set the stage for an ecstatic meeting of two art traditions which traffic in extremes of gender performance, enacting a space where the drag bar diva and the opera house diva share the same skin.
Refugees under the Rainbow Stella Traub, Germany
“At the end of the rainbow you will find a treasure – it will completely change your life.” Whoever tries to find the end of the rainbow will realise things are not that easy – the end of the rainbow is not a fixed point. Also Yusuf, Ritah and William had to make this experience in their lives – just like many LGBT* refugees. The film tells the story of their journey. A journey from Uganda to Germany, a story of violence, hope, disappointments and everyone’s personal rainbow.
Sookee- of Seahorses and Closets Johannes Jungehulsing, Germany
“Sookee – Of Seahorses and Closets” is a multilayered and intimate portrait of Sookee, a famous queer-feminist Hip Hop Artist and left-wing activist in Germany. She fights against sexism, homophobia and racism – in german society and, especially, in german hip-hop for years now. Wether she’s putting on make-up, performing on big stages, giving lectures for students or at school, rapping at a lesbian wedding, cooking with her mother or writing lyrics in a berlin park – her life and thoughts revolve always around her message: Tolerance and love instead of discrimination and stereotyping. Honesty instead of arrogance. Diversity instead of binary thinking. Seahorses instead of closets.
CalamityMaxime Feyers, Belgium
France meets her son’s girlfriend for the first time. She loses control…
Silvia in the waves Giovana Olmos, Canada
Noa struggles to honor the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.
Something About AlexReinout Hellenthal, the Netherlands
Alex, a troubled and isolated teenager, finds a true and supportive friend in Hendrik, his sister’s boyfriend. When Hendrik and Annelies announce their plans to leave the family home, Alex must face what is troubling him.
1st Day& Next Minute Sara Koppel, Denmark
A new animated micro-short film by Sara Koppel – Naked Love Film. A rush adventure into a gender fluid-persons zone of desires. Where lust & responsibility is constant dividing & demanding needs.
The 8  films for the Asian Short Film Competition will be reviewed by five judges for six awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Photography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Jury Prize. The final winners will be announced at the Film Festival in September; the 9 World Short Films will not receive awards.For more information on the festival, please follow us on our public account. Additionally, this year’s theme and visuals will also be released soon. Stay tuned!