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SCREENING 2: 13 July 2023 at 9:30pm

This screening session features 9 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.​ Introduction by Jane Ching.

Emperor Cinemas (Entertainment Building)
3/F, Entertainment Building
30 Queen's Road Central
Central, Hong Kong


The Dream Machine (France) by Michael William West



Synopsis: A woman experiments with a Dream Machine, hoping to escape trouble. Within the light and dark of the machine, violent emotions awaken. Running time: 00:09:29.

Selections/awards: L'Etrange Festivale, Brussels Independent FF (Best Experimental Film), Super Shorts Los Angeles (Best Experimental Film), Obskuur Ghent FF, and more.

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Ute (Poland) by Maciej Pisarek

Synopsis: Desert, voices, mystery... Music video from a debut, independent album "Now The Grass Grows Through My Skin" by Anchey. Running time: 00:03:59.

Selections/awards: Parai Musical International Awards, Super Shorts London (Best Music Video), Toronto Arthouse FF, Brussels Independent FF, and more.


Deep Blue (Canada) by Franie-Éléonore Bernier



Synopsis: A hotel phone rings. A woman answers. It is the sea calling. Running time: 00:10:34.

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Secant (USA) by Timothy David Orme

Synopsis: Music by Lanier Sammons. Running time: 00:03:00.

Selections/awards: Sydney World FF, Brussels Independent FF (Best Music Video), New Jersey Independent FF, and more.


Blind Body (Australia) by Allison Chhorn

Synopsis: Partially blind, grandmother Kim Nay depends on touch and sound to navigate her daily routine of eating, resting and listening to Khmer news. Time moves fluidly as Kim’s sense of self slowly begins to dilate, conjuring long-dormant memories. Running time: 00:14:58.


Selections/awards: Visions du Réel, Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo Mexico, Lima Alterna FF, New York FF, Chicago IFF, Sydney FF, Athens International Film & Video Festival, Human Rights Arts and FF, and more.

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Ruined Arbor (Mohsen Namjoo) (Iran) by Kasra Yazdani, Golrokh Hemmati

Synopsis: Music is based on an old Iranian poem about a carpet weaver girl weaving a carpet under a ruined roof. Images have been photographed from different carpets of Iranian ethnicities. Running time: 00:02:00.

Selections/awards: Light Matter Experimental Film and Media Arts Fest, International Folklore FF Thrissur, Martinique IFF, Pebbles Underground Film and Video Art Festival, Film Buzz Festival, Ghent Short FF, and more.

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I Love You Don't Leave Me (USA) by Alex Leombruno


Synopsis: An absurdist drama following the endless torment experienced by a young woman dealing with an eating disorder. As she tries to cope with obsessive tendencies and routines, Ghillie, a looming swamp monster, follows close behind. Ghillie is the most prominent thing in Morgan’s life — that is, until she meets a strange neighbor while out jogging and invites her over for dinner. What ensues is a stressful encounter for Morgan as she tries to fight past the thoughts of Ghillie. Running time: 00:15:41.

Selections/awards: Producer's Night LA 2022, Boston Short FF, Super Shorts London (Best Actor), Toronto Arthouse FF (Best LGBTQ+ Film), Brussels Independent FF, and more.


Just Listen to the Storm (France) by Hannah Papacek Harper

Synopsis: A follow up to Hannah Papacek Harper's 'Vegetative', making the two films into a diptych. Both are experimental shorts which are odes to human nature and a questioning on womanhood. 'Just Listen to the Storm' is a poetic expression of feminine power through a return to natural elements. Running time: 00:01:00.


Selections/awards: Sydney World FF, New Jersey Independent FF.

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Spring Starts Today (China) by Siyuan Liu



Synopsis: A young woman, Y, who is isolated in a new city, tries to make connections with different people and objects to fill the void of her heart. Running time: 00:34:17.

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