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快樂自拍時代
Happy Selfie Time
Director: Yau Wing Yan, Sun Ming Wai

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Production Country Hong Kong
Production Year 2014
Duration 7'42
Colour Colour
Language In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Genre Documentary
Shooting Format HD
Synopsis Selfie is a pop culture in Hong Kong. Other than entertaining oneself, taking selfie can be an artistic work of personal photography. In general, people have negative feelings towards selfie, but it does carry alternative and in-depth meanings such as capture the moment and understanding oneself.
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Remarks shared after Festival visit


Our short film was a part of our journalism course. Our inspiration was focused on the popular selfie phenomenon in Hong Kong. Generally speaking, people have negative feelings towards selfies, however, taking selfies can be an artistic work of photography. It does carry alternative and in-depth meanings such as capturing a special moment and understanding oneself. One of the main character in our documentary is a lady who suffered from breast cancer and struggled for it. She took selfies when she was sick. We were very surprised by her courage and we invited her to spread her positive energy through the camera. The other one is a photographer who teaches selfie course. The aim of her class is to express our feelings through the selfies and to find our true self.

This short film hasn’t been projected abroad before, we were very curious about foreign audience’s reaction. After NAE market screening, an old lady came to us. She said that she was very touched by our documentary because when she was young, she had a cancer. She was very frustrated and lost all her confidence. She didn’t like to take pictures anymore. After that period, when she got alive again, she realised the preciousness of life. Now she becomes the director of Clermont Ferrand France-China friendship association and she is dedicated to build a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures. After she shared her story, we were very touched. Our documentary carries a sort of positive energy and this energy cannot only influence the local audience, but also be spread throughout the world.

Nowadays we live in a multi-media age, we have chance to record the valuable image by camera. The image can be interpreted into a powerful message. Thanks to NAE, we can show this documentary to international audience and we are really glad to receive the good feedback from them. It was very encouraging for us.

As young graduated students, we still have a long way to go. Young directors like us definitely need such kind of opportunity. Thanks to NAE, we had chance to explore the world! Usually, we watch international films on the Internet, it’s a rare moment for us to watch all kinds of short films intensively in just 5 days. Since we are journalists, among all the short films, we are impressed by an Iranian documentary which talks about the war. Even though we live in a peaceful place, this reminds me that some people are still in danger.

We are honored to meet the mayor of Clermont Ferrand and the founder of Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival. The founder reminded us to never give up, and if we have opportunity, come to Clermont Ferrand more often. We do hope that NAE can keep this project to provide more chance to young talents.

— Shared by Yau Wing-yan and Sun Ming-wai, director and choreographer of Happy Selfie Time after attending Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Market 2016 in France, under the sponsorship of NAE.



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