Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Market 2020

HONG KONG SHORT FILM: NEW ACTION EXPRESS (NAE) has been relentlessly participating in international film markets, in a bid to foster the connections and re-warding exchanges between Hong Kong creative talent and overseas distributors, broadcasters, festival organisers and sales agents. Succeeding the positive feedbacks gained from its previous participation, NAE returns its fourth time to the biggest short film festival in Europe this year – Clermont-Ferrand Interna-tional Short Film Festival and Market.

The four-day Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market (Short Film Market), will take place be-tween 3 and 6 February 2020 at Gymnase Jean & Honoré Fleury of Clermont-Ferrand, France. Aside from setting up a promotional booth at the Short Film Market, two market screenings will also be organised on 4-6 February to showcase 10 awarded Hong Kong original short films and animations, each rich in local cultural context while deals with universal and socially understandable themes, to overseas audience. NAE takes the participation of the Short Film Market as a platform to proactively introduce and promote outstanding Hong Kong original shorts and animations in international arena, while at the same time coordinates commercial meet up with overseas film practitioners and press for the attending Hong Kong creative talent in search of overseas collaboration and development opportunities.
Hong Kong Short Film: NEW ACTION EXPRESS – Market Screening (Programme I)
Date: 4 February 2020
Time: 6pm
Duration: 76’
Venue: Georges-Conchon Theatre, Clermont-Ferrand, France (Free admission, with after-screening discussion)

Lam Siu-ling, Chen Wenyan, Yeung Mei Yuk

2018 | Colour | 10’ 10” | In Cantonese with Chinese and English Subtitles

Before Lunar New Year, 94-year-old grandma was hospitalized for heart failure. After being discharged, the family is worried if it impaired her self-care ability. However, she is gradually restoring her vitality. Day by day, can we eventually reveal the art of life and death?
Dear, Can I Give You a Hand?
Wong Ping

2019 | Colour | 13’ 00” | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

A diary of my 80-year-old self
I Come Empty-Handed
Yim Sheung-man

2019 | Drama | Colour | 27’ 43” | In Indian, English and Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Talented boxer Rocky is forced to quit boxing for being an asylum seeker. He starts a new life as his coach tries to build him a career and life while staying afloat in Hong Kong. Helping with moving and volunteer work, he gets to know other tenants like Raja and Bitto and hears about their life stories. He realises that they have nothing left but he still has boxing - and that calling has never stopped.
Ng Ka-kit, Law Chi-wai

2018 | Colour | 7’ 20” | No dialogue and subtitles

During a space mission, Brownie, an alien creature, crashed onto Earth in an accident. While trying to contact his home planet, he found nowhere suitable for him as a shelter on Earth. However, after a storm comes a calm…
The Future Past
Cheng Wai-lun

2019 | Colour | 18’ 20” | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Everyone wants to change the past for achieving a better future. If you got a chance, what would you like to change most? JoJo (Kandy Wong) who grew up in a single-parent family returns to 2018 to prevent the death of her father (Sebastian Poon). When JoJo successfully saved her father and repaired the shadow of her childhood, she then discovers factors affecting the future are much more complicated...
Hong Kong Short Film: NEW ACTION EXPRESS – Market Screening (Programme II)
Date: 5 February 2020
Time: 6pm
Duration: 75’
Venue: Georges-Conchon Theatre, Clermont-Ferrand, France (Free admission, with after-screening discussion)

Turn Off_Turn On
Lee Wai-shing

2018 | B&W | 13’ 09” | No dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles

This is a game director Shing Lee played with his dancer brother, Joseph Lee. “Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” A quote from East Coker, Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot who inspired the creation of this film.
Choi Trevor

2018 | Colour | 25’ 32” | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

A has-been stage director is facing writer’s block while developing his new script. One day, he reads a story online which catches his attention. Interested in adapting the story into a play, he searches the author of the story on the Internet, who is happened to be a famous female Internet influencer. After researching her regular online check-in spots, the director begins to wait for her in her favourite cafe...
Soul Printing
Mak Ka-ho

2018 | Colour | 3’ 17” | No dialogue and subtitles

Working late at night, she tumbles into a horrid world of delusion, pursued by dreadful souls.

While she is hiding in the printing room, a sudden flash of light snatches her soul into a mysterious world inside the photocopier, a world full of torture and pain. Numerous souls are trapped and their eyes are plucked out for producing printing ink. Can she manage to escape from the realm of fear?
Balance Breakers
Lee Ka-yin

2019 | Colour | 10’ 30” | No dialogue with English subtitles

Controlled by a secret order – “Balance”, this is a city where everyone needs to pay for everything. Sister and Brother, who had to work all day long for a living, always hit a snag in their daily life. A blessing in disguise, Sister luckily entered a grand competition with a chance to get rich in one day. On the other hand, Brother discovered the secret of the competition and the city. Could the klutz siblings win the competition? And could they change this money-driven city?
The Umbrella
Tsang Hing-weng Eric

2018 | Colour | 21’ 59” | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles United by the passion towards the society, young souls from a variety of backgrounds are assigned to the same university hall to stay the night. They may have dissenting opinions, but will learn to accept and be sympathetic to each other. The rainy night feels especially ominous when the students ponder at the events in Mong Kok.
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