9/17:2017 SHQFF Short Film Competition Showcase

9/17:2017 SHQFF Short Film Competition Showcase

 

TIME

SECTION I: 14:30  

SECTION II: 18:30

     

VENUE

The British Centre Shanghai (17F Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road)

 

On September 17th, Shanghai Queer Film Festival will direct its focus to 15 brilliant short films that made it to our Short Film Competition shortlist. These films cover a wide range of national origins, but they all in one way or another explore the complexities and characteristics of Asian LGBTQ narratives and identities. The creators behind 4 of the short films will attend the screening and share with us their personal experiences creating these fascinating queer stories.

 

 

Section 1

  • A Trip to the Desert

NizanLotem/LiorHaen, 2016, 12min, Israel

  • The Serpent’s Song

Nuntanat DUANGTISARN,2017,24min,Thailand

  • Contestant#4

Kaj PALANCA/Jared JOVEN,2016, 18min,Philippines

  • Us

Caroline Mariko STUCKY,2016,16min,United States

  • The Loneliness of Number Two

Javad SOTOODEHNIA,2017, 20min,Islamic Republic of Iran

  • Sodom’s Cat

HUANG Ting-Chun ,2017, 30min,Taiwan

  • Blooming Night

Bell ZHONG ,2016, 9min, China

 

Panel Discussion with Filmmakers I

 

 

Section 2

  • IRIDESCENCE

Max BEAUCHAMP,2017, 9min, Canada

  • Shower

Starr WU,2016, 12min ,Taiwan

  • Chromosome Sweetheart

Honami YANO, 2017,5min,Japan

  • PASHI

Siddharth CHAUHAN,2017, 32min, India

  • Horseshoe Theory

Jonathan Daniel BROWN,2016, 12min,United States

  • The Migrant Mixtape

Eli Jean TAHCHI,2017, 22min, Canada

  • Smokers Die Slowly Together

ZHENG LU Xinyuan,2017, 12min,United States

  • Herstory

ZHANG Han /CHEN Cong,2017, 36min, Hongkong

 

Panel Discussion with Filmmakers II

 

 

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A Trip to the Desert 

Director:Nizan LOTEM/Lior HAEN

COUNTRY:Israel

YEAR:2016

Film Language: Hebrew

 Sub Language: Chinese/English

 

Three best friends take a trip to the desert, and their friendship is put to the test. Lior, who is openly gay, and religious Jew Elad, suddenly have to face each other’s life choices. And Yossi – Where the hell is Yossi?


Blooming Night 

DIRECTOR:Bell ZHONG

COUNTRY: China

YEAR:2016

Film Language:Chinese

Sub Language: Chinese/English

 

The 20-year-old unemployed man Bell accidentally sees a glimpse of red in a underpass – a pair of high heels. Following the steps of the heels, Bell enters a back-alley club. While he blends with a group of people that he’s not familiar with, the secret of the red shoes is gradually uncovered. His hidden desire is slowly ignited.


Chromosome Sweetheart

DIRECTOR:Honami YANO

COUNTRY:Japan

YEAR:2017

Film Language:Japanese

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

An ex-couple in a café, a girl sucking on her girlfriend’s hair, a running woman, a fleeing town, a little girl walking along the river. In this world, there are as many forms of love as there are people.


Contestant#4 

DIRECTOR:Kaj PALANCA/Jared JOVEN

COUNTRY:Philippines

YEAR:2016

Film Language: Filipino

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

 

The viewing of a dated clip of a young boy brings about the remnants of an old man’s forgotten past. In an attempt to gather his memories, the old man begins to recognize, with the help of the young boy, the truth of his internal life.


Herstory 

DIRECTOR: ZHANG Han /  CHEN Cong

District:Hongkong

YEAR:2017

Film Language:Chinese

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

Born as a “he”, Ruby is he as in she. Painting her eyes and eyebrows, the transgender Ruby is creating the perfect illusion of her own self. But can she paint her life to be better? Can she paint over the void in her heart? Can she paint herself an easier road in life? This is more than just a documentary of a transgender girl in HongKong, it is also an interrogation of all of us.


Horseshoe Theory 

DIRECTOR:Jonathan Daniel BROWN

COUNTRY:United States

YEAR:2016

Film Language:English

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

Synopsis: A weapons deal between a white supremacist and a member of the Islamic State blossoms into something more.


IRIDESCENCE

DIRECTOR:Max BEAUCHAMP

COUNTRY:Canada

YEAR:2017

Film Language:No Dialogue

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

Replacing dialogues with dances and interpretive movements in stylized lightning and abstract visuals, this experimental visual short film tells a story between an emotionally repressed father and his son who struggles with his sexuality.


PASHI

DIRECTOR:Siddharth CHAUHAN

COUNTRY:India

YEAR:2017

Film Language:Hindi

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

A young boy learns about a technique of trapping birds from his old grandmother and starts practicing it.


Shower

DIRECTOR:Starr WU 

DISTRICT: Taiwan

YEAR:2016

Film Language:Chinese

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

Gay saunas in Taipei are often searched by the police and customers feel very harassed.  What do people think about gay saunas?


Smokers Die Slowly Together

DIRECTOR:ZHENG LU Xinyuan

COUNTRY: United States

YEAR:2017

Film Language:English

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

Alina and Lily are a lesbian couple. This afternoon, Alina is moving out with her boyfriend. They wait for him to arrive and they talk about the past.


Sodom’s cat

DIRECTOR:HUANG Ting-Chun

DISTRICT:Taiwan

YEAR:2017

Film Language:Chinese

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

On a sunny day, a young boy arrives at the sex orgy he signed up for on a dating app. But even while exploring sexual pleasures with four other men, he still feels disengaged. After the gate of Sodom has been opened, how real can this kind of passion be? Will he leave with satisfaction, or with a bigger void in his heart?


The Loneliness of Number Two 

DIRECTOR:Javad SOTOODEHNIA

COUNTRY:Islamic Republic of Iran

YEAR:2017

Film Language: Farsi

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

Morteza finds out his roommate, Abbas, wants to commit suicide. Abbas is bisexual and lives in a hard situation. Morteza tries to stop him, but then Abbas makes a strange decision.


The migrant mixtape 

DIRECTOR:Eli Jean TAHCHI

COUNTRY:Canada

YEAR:2017

Film Language: French / Arabic / English

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

AdibMardini, an Arab refugee in Canada, recounts the process of how he was able to escape persecution with many other LGBT individuals by sending the Migrant Mixtape to Helem Montreal.


The Serpent’s Song

DIRECTOR:Nuntanat DUANGTISARN

COUNTRY:Thailand

YEAR:2017

Film Language: Thai

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

At a secret monastery located in a rural area of Thailand, a music teacher is trying to help a young nun to be able to speak again.


Us 

DIRECTOR:Caroline Mariko STUCKY

COUNTRY:United States

YEAR:2016

Film Language: English

Sub Language:Chinese/English

 

Jo is an outgoing, liberated second generation Chinese-American girl who begins a passionate romance with Helen. Since long before dating Helen, Jo has been extravagantly out and on the scene as a lesbian, but crisis unfolds when she reveals a secret. Helen can’t swallow the news and suddenly mistrusts Jo’s intentions and fidelity.