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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


“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.. [More]
“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.

* Information provided by Director