Student Hostesses: CHAN Wong Mei. CHEUNG Ching Man
2:30pm: Opening Speech: Professor Daisy Yan Du, Division of Humanities, HKUST
Welcome Speech: Professor James Lee, Dean of School of Humanities and Social Science, HKUST
3:00-4:30pm: Film Screening
1. Boxman, fictional, 9 minutes, by Zebra Studio
2. Exchange, fictional, 9 minutes, by Dragon Guard Studio
3. Feng Shui Master, fictional, 15 minutes, by Beginner Workshop
4. I am Prison, fictional, 15 minutes, by Psychopaths Studio
5. Estranged, fictional, 17 minutes, by EUCAN Production
6. The Model, fictional, 12 minutes, by UCC Studio
7. The Border, fictional, 10 minutes, by Cashual Production
8. Classmate Zhu, fictional, 10 minutes, by Chips Studio
9. Unveiling Reality: Hong Kong Housing Problem, documentary, 10 minutes, by ACK Studio
4:30-5:00pm: Coffee/Tea break & screening of post-credit scenes
5:00-6:00pm: Award Ceremony
· comments from international juries
· presenting awards
6:00pm: Closing Remarks: Dr. Beatrice Chu, Center for Education Innovation, HKUST
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Bios of International Juries
Chen Hailu is Associate Professor of Animation in the School of Design at the East China Normal University, Shanghai. She had worked as a key animator and executive director at the Shanghai Animation Film Studio. Her representative work includes Lotus Lantern (1999), Warrior (2006), and The Magic Aster (2008), which won numerous awards such as Golden Rooster Award, Hundred Flowers Awards, and Huabiao Awards. She also made independent animated films, which won awards at international film festivals.
Max Hattler is an assistant professor in the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. He is a media artist working primarily with animation and audiovisual performance. His work explores the relationships between abstraction and figuration, aesthetics and politics, sound and image, precision and improvisation. His short films and video installations have been presented internationally at museums and galleries such as Zhou B Art Center Chicago (2015) and Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2015). He also received numerous awards, such as Cannes Lions (2013) and Visual Music Awards (2010, 2011, 2014).
Shiyu Louisa WEI
Dr Louisa Wei received her PhD degree in Film Studies from University of Alberta in Canada. She is an associate professor in the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. She also works as an independent documentary filmmaker. Two films made by her—Storm under the Sun (2009) and Golden Gate Girls (2014)—have gained international recognition. She has published numerous books, such as Cinema East and West (2014), PreAnimate: A Guide for Independent Animators (2010), and Women’s Film: Dialogues with Chinese and Japanese Female Directors (2009).
WEN Hai is a film director, cinematographer and a member of Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC). He began to work as an independent filmmaker in 2000. His independent documentary films received many international awards. Floating Dust (2004) won the Georges de Borgard International Prize at the 16th Marseille International Film Festival in 2005; Dream Walking (2005) won the Grand Prix at Cinéma du reel in 2005; We (2008) won the Horizons Special Mention award at Venice Film Festival. Wen Hai also published a book on the recent history of Chinese independent documentary. It is entitled Gaze of Exile-the Testimony of China’s Independent Documentaries (2016).
ZHANG Ci is an award-winning producer, speaker, writer, and filmmaker. She was one of the five artists featured in Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers (1990), which was widely regarded as the first independent documentary film in post-1989 China. She recently directed and produced a series of documentary films entitled Silicon Valley Chinese. Its first episode, entitled “The Power,” has just won an award at the Davis International Films Festival. She is the CEO of American Lucky Star Films, which is located in California, USA.