2016 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Market

This year, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Market has taken place for five days between 8 and 12 February 2016 at Clermont-Ferrand, France. Setting up a booth at the Market and organizing two market screenings on 9 February and 11 February to showcase 12 awarded Hong Kong short films to overseas audiences, NAE continued to proactively introduce and promote outstanding local short films and animations. This time, under the sponsorship of NAE, 12 filmmakers attended the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Market. These filmmakers include HO Chun-yu Nic, awarded Silver Award & Audience Choice Award, the 17th DigiCon6 ASIA Awards (Hong Kong); HO Fung, awarded Best Film (Fiction) Gold Award, Best Actor Silver Award, Best Original Music Silver Award, Best Screenplay Bronze Award & Best Production Silver Award at the 10th Hong Kong InterSchool Film Awards (Hong Kong); YAU Wing-yan, awarded Grand Award, Best Documentary – Gold, Best Campus (Tertiary) Award & Best Thematic Micro-film Award – Time for Timeless, 8th Hong Kong Mobile Film Festival (Hong Kong); CHAN Ho-lun Fredie, awarded Silver Award (Open Category), the 20th ifva Awards (Hong Kong); LO Chun-yip, awarded Second Runner-up, Hong Kong Documentary Award, Chinese Documentary Festival 2015 (Hong Kong); HUNG Tsz-ching Michelle, awarded Outstanding Experimental Film Award, the 12th Global Chinese Universities Student Film and Television Festival (Hong Kong); Fu Hay-kin Adrian, awarded Best Digital Entertainment (Animation) Bronze Award, Hong Kong ICT Awards 2015 (Hong Kong); WONG Wai-nap, awarded Fresh Wave Award & Fresh Wave Best Film Award (Open Division), Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival 2014 (Hong Kong); LAM Hei-nok, Recommended director of the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival (Short Film Competition) (Hong Kong); LEE Ping-shan, awarded Best Microfilm Production (Student Category) – Gold Award & Most Popular Microfilm Award, “Innovation Technology Industries” Microfilm Competition (Hong Kong); CHAN Siu-kuen Oliver, awarded Best Production – Gold Award, Best Microfilm Screenplay Award and Best Actress Award (Kandy Wong), 2nd Microfilm Production Support Scheme (Music) (Hong Kong); and HO Ching-yu Frankie, recommended director of the Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival (Hong Kong). During their stay in France, the filmmakers took the opportunity to introduce their works to overseas audiences and attended screenings at the Festival and various meetings with other festival curators, filmmakers, film investors and press.

NEW ACTION EXPRESS Short Film Highlights – Market Screening (programme 1)

Date: 09 Feb 2016
Time: 18:00
Duration: 95’ 35”
Venue: Georges-Conchon Theatre, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Body Watch
Ho Ching-yu Frankie, Chun Siu-leung Ziv

Are you looking at me?
Are you getting me to look at you?
What are you looking at?
What do you think I see?
A table and two chairs set in the dark. What would transpire between two people sitting straight up facing each other……
Behind the Schoolbag
Ho Chun-yu Nic

Behind the Schoolbag is a story about salvation of oneself. Shaun has experienced painful days during his youth, so he deliberately keeps a distance from others. Living a stressful life, people nowadays is easy to suffer from all sorts of mental illness. Only through self-therapy can one live a life at present.
Ho Fung

In every school, there must be a person who is the center of attention. Since junior secondary, Mei-sheng has already participated in a number of advertisements and movies. Everyone in the school calls her ‘Goddess’ and a lot of boys love pleasing her by actions. However, for Hei, an ordinary boy, she is definitely out of reach.
Happy Selfie Time
Yau Wing-yan, Sun Ming-wai

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.
The Woman Security Guards
Chan Ho-lun Fredie, Ma Chi-hang

A property management corporation, which outsources its security service, has recently changed its contracted service provider. Having discovered that the scheme involves nepotism, the supervisor of the corporation exposes the hidden truth, which provokes huge tumult.
Keep It Well
Lam Hei-nok

The laundry owner, Hoi, met the customer named Sze, whom asked to pick up her laundry dropped off ten years ago. Getting alone, they shared their loneliness and helpless in life. Until one day, Hoi recalled the memory when she first met Sze in 2003…
Ten years passed, and no one could forget.

NEW ACTION EXPRESS Short Film Highlights – Market Screening (programme 2)

Date: 11 Feb 2016
Time: 14:00
Duration: 93’ 00”
Venue: Georges-Conchon Theatre, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Never Stop
Lee Ping-shan

Kenji, a senior road race cyclist, was seriously injured in an accidental fall. He had a knee sprain and was hopeless and desperate, while Chris, a new, young and arrogant star, kept challenging him. With the help of innovative equipment, Kenji’s recovery was speedy and he was in a race with Chris. Suddenly, Chris overtook the peloton…
Sister Kam
Lo Chun-yip

As you step into that restaurant, French music plays. The colour scheme is mainly red and black, and the décor has a slightly cultural flavour. You keep going to the bathroom next to the back entrance, and perhaps you’ll see the dishwashing woman. She is taking a nap standing, with her hands still in the plastic bucket—a scene more surreal than the restaurant itself. Her name is Sister Kam.
Through The Looking Glass
Hung Tsz-ching Michelle

Inspired by the sequel of Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass portrays the seventeen-year old Alice falls into the other side of the mirror world, after following the rabbit to its hole at school. Since then, weird incidents occur…
Yip Chak-fung Fergus, Fu Hay-kin Adrian

In life, we are so caught up in a rat race running for wealth and fame that we have allowed ourselves to be enslaved and blinded by the process. Through this animation, we invite audience to rethink and reprioritise their values. Our message is ‘Follow you heart and it will lead you to become a “true” human’.
The Sea Within
Wong Wai-nap

Fishermen couple has different visions towards the rest of their days. Even when there are subtle and profound changes in their relationships due to the different views, their affections for each other never stopped and they still support each other. This story is based on the real-life experience of my parents, and they play their own character in the film.
Chan Siu-kuen Oliver

Kandy had a fight with her boyfriend and decided to change her phone number for good. Ever since then, every night at three o’clock, a kid calls her and brings her nightmares... So, what is the mysterious story behind this number, the little boy, and Kandy?



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